It’s finally that time for the biggest and greatest race of the year. The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
It’s always a special feeling driving in to the Mount Panorama circuit, whether you’re a fan or a competitor.
This year will be something to remember as the event marks the 10th anniversary since the passing of the late great Peter Brock. I was fortunate enough to win the Bathurst 1000 in 2011 on my first attempt, and I can honestly say nothing can beat that feeling of standing on that Bathurst podium on Sunday afternoon with the Peter Brock trophy in hand.
I’m privileged to get to drive one of his old race cars in the Peter brock Parade on Sunday before the race. That will be a seriously cool moment for me.
I’ve driven a motorhome from Melbourne to Bathurst with my co-driver Cam McConville, thanks to Jayco. We’ll use it at the track for a place to get away from the garage and rest across the weekend.
It’s very, very cool to have a new sponsor on board for the #222 Commodore from Bathurst onwards, with Clipsal 500 and the SA Government backing the car. It’s very exciting to have backing from my home state and the livery looks awesome.
It’s been a pretty quiet and standard preparation leading in to Bathurst. The team had a ride day after Sandown, and I’ve been concentrating on training and sponsor appearances for the new car livery launch.
As has been the case in the last few years, I think the 2016 race will be seriously competitive. Of course I’d like to think that Cam and I can be in contention, but if I had to pick another combo to win the race it would be the #88 car of Whincup and Dumbrell. Their car has been fast there for the last few years.
A lot of teams will be targeting the aerodynamic setups, in order to give their drivers a car they can pass in. Reducing the aero of the car makes it a bit hairy across the top sometimes, but down Conrod Straight you’ll make up a lot of time. This year the key will be to have a car close to qualifying trim as a race car.
Cam hasn’t raced there since 2012 but I have full confidence in him that he’ll be on the pace straight away. He’s been there a thousand times, and knows the conditions and the track- as evident at Sandown when he slotted straight in to the team and did a superb job in wet conditions on slick tyres.
Basically, I just can’t wait to get stuck into it!
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