For the first time since 2019, we head over the Bass Strait to Launceston for this weekend’s Tasmania SuperSprint. I know everyone in the Supercars community is really excited to get back there, after not being able to travel last year due to COVID.
“The SuperSprint includes an interesting new qualifying format, with the field split into Group A and Group B. It effectively takes one car from each team into a separate qualifying group. I’m in Group A so that means I have to be even faster, and hopefully we roll out the fast car we had at Sandown into Tasmania.
Symmons Plains is a fun little track. It’s an old school circuit with seven corners and limited opportunities to be fast. The hairpin is the slowest corner on the Supercars calendar and it’s one of the main passing opportunities on the circuit. It’s very important to have good braking balance in the car and a lot of turn to get around the hairpin. Good straight-line speed is also one of the most important parts of being fast at Symmons Plains.
The three sprint races should be pretty cool. Each team has a limited tyre bank to play with so there’ll be different strategies in play. You might see one guy going for a win in one race, rather than settling for good results across all three. I wouldn’t be surprised if some drivers throw all their eggs in one basket to try and come home with a trophy.
Expect to see a lot of tyre degradation this weekend. You might see some cars qualify well then not get good results in the races because of how hard they push their tyres.
I really like the format of limited tyres because it makes the teams and drivers get creative with how they use them, and how we drive the car in response to that. You can’t just rag it every lap with this format, you must be conscious of every race and play the long game.
Hopefully, it’s a good weekend for us and the Brad Jones Racing team. Last time we were there in 2019 I finished 7th and had good race pace. My aim this year is to qualify well and keep out of trouble in the opening laps.
The extra week between race meetings has given me more time to work on a fun project. I’ve been tinkering on my championship-winning Formula Ford and getting it ready for a young karter to have a drive in. Hopefully in the next few weeks, I’ll be able to show that off and give a young kid a taste of a race car.”
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