THE WILD WEST

I couldn’t have been more excited about racing last weekend at Perth for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship.
 
From my days in Formula Ford back in 2001, to my win last year with Erebus Motorsport in a Mercedes Benz Supercar, I have very fond memories of Barbagallo.
 
Last year had plenty of ups and downs so our victory in Western Australia was a huge coup for the entire team.

This year was very different again. We’ve had a great start to the year with Tekno and that win in Tasmania has really given us a lot of confidence going forward.
 
I hadn’t driven a Holden at the track since 2009 and things sure have changed a lot since then.
The last round at Phillip Island was a little frustrating for us so while I knew Perth would have its challenges, I was sure we were on for a good result.

Things started really well for us. The car was really fast on Saturday and we were well placed for a podium finish before a slow pitstop stalled us a little. We still managed to come home in fourth, which is a great result considering.

On Sunday the car wasn’t as strong. It was just slightly off and we’re trying to find out more about why that was before Winton, but I am sure we will sort it out. It was a difficult strategy race, and the hard part was coming out of the pits in clear air to use your fresh tyres, as these initial laps are crucial. We didn't quite nail this, and also we are still fine tuning our new combined crew with T8 so the pits stops can still be improved. Rest assured the guys are working very hard and we are getting quicker all the time. 

The car wasn't quite as nicely balanced early in the race as conditions were very different to Saturday, but we still had one of the fastest cars in the last couple of stints, if not the fastest over a long run. So signs were very encouraging. The top 10 covered by nine seconds after almost an hour and a half of racing with no pit stop, which is quite incredible. The smallest of improvement could of seen a top 5 very easily. So all in all it was a positive weekend. 

The other big news from the last couple of weeks is the series’ new naming rights deal with Virgin, as well as the announcement that the “V8” from the ‘V8 Supercars’ category name will be dropped. The change has been made to reflect the new regulations allowing non-V8 engines coming in at the start of next season.

Fans are quite fond of the V8 Supercars moniker, but no doubt we’ll all learn to adjust, just as we did when they changed the series from Touring Cars to V8 Supercars back in 1997.

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A BIG WEEK IN MOTORSPORT
01.06.2017
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
25.05.2017
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CONSOLIDATING CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES
18.05.2017
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MOMENTUM BUILDING IN THE WEST
11.05.2017
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THE RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK
20.04.2017
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TASSIE BOUND
06.04.2017
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AGP TIME
23.03.2017
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JUMPING IN THE DEEP END
09.03.2017
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THE SEASON OPENER IS HERE
01.03.2017
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2017 TEST DAY WRAP
14.02.2017
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BATHURST 12 HOUR WRAP UP
10.02.2017
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2017 AUSTRALIAN MOTOR RACING SEASON IS UPON US!
03.02.2017
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SYDNEY FINALE
09.12.2016
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PASSING IN PUKEKOHE
11.11.2016
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STACKING UP THE NUMBERS
28.10.2016
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CONQUERING THE MOUNTAIN
12.10.2016
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SUCCESS AT SANDOWN
21.09.2016
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POWERING ON TO SANDOWN
12.09.2016
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MID-SEASON
11.08.2016
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QUEENSLAND RACEWAY BLUES
27.07.2016
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TAKING ON TOWNSVILLE
18.07.2016
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THE WILD WEST
13.05.2016
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TASSIE TRIUMPH
08.04.2016
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HEADING SOUTH
31.03.2016
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WE'RE BACK
16.03.2016
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THE HOME STRETCH
18.11.2015
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WELCOME TO BATHURST
08.10.2015
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PUSHING FORWARD IN QUEENSLAND
13.08.2015
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LESSONS FROM THE NORTH
08.07.2015
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WINTON WOES
19.05.2015
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PERTH PERFECTION
11.05.2015
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ONE YEAR LATER
15.04.2015
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ROCKY START TO THE YEAR
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