NICK PERCAT IPSWICH PREVIEW

Hi everyone!

We’re heading to Queensland’s motorsport heartland this weekend, for the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint. What a place! Nicknamed ‘the paperclip’ because of its unique layout, racing here always provides extremely close lap times.
Despite only six corners there’s a lot of passing opportunities at this circuit, which makes a great spectacle for the fans. 
I’d expect to see teams gambling on varying tyre strategies this weekend, because an alternate strategy can definitely help get you through the field if you’re on a better tyre than those around you. The trick is then to try and defend that track position once your tyres start to fade!
The track can be quite hard on tyres. Last year we saw a few tyre failures there (unfortunately I was one of them).
At the start of a stint you must manage bringing the tyres up to temperature slowly, stay off the kerbs to avoid any little cuts, and not overheat them too quickly. There’s definitely a technique in bringing the tyres up to temperature properly and making sure they hold on for the rest of the stint. I think that will be the key to a successful weekend.
Last year our BJR cars were very quick there. I finished 7th on Saturday and was running 5th in Sunday’s race until we had a tyre failure.
There will also be another opportunity for the endurance co-drivers to get some seat time during a dedicated Friday practice session. Macauley will have a steer of Car 8 during this 30-minute session, in order to get comfortable in the ZB Commodore ahead of the enduro season.
My aim for the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint is to keep the car inside the top ten for both races, bag a big haul of points and set us up strongly for the back half of the season.
Remember, you can follow me on social media for updates across the event.
 
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