Hi everyone!

I’m looking forward to Queensland Raceway for the Ipswich SuperSprint this weekend, after a fairly disastrous end to the previous round in Townsville. The fire that erupted as I left the pit box got plenty of coverage, but also created a heap more work for the Brad Jones Racing team.

The crew had to strip the car completely and remove all the fire extinguisher powder from inside the cabin, and on all the wiring looms and fittings. That powder gets into everything (which is good as that’s what it’s designed to do) but left unchecked it can actually damage the componentry and wiring.

The boys had a massive few weeks just trying to clean it all out of the car, before even starting on repairs and Ipswich preparation.  My helmet had to be dismantled and sent away to be stripped and cleaned. I also had to get rid of all the chemicals in things like my radio, HANS device and drink bottle.

I had my lungs checked and did some blood test just to make sure that there were no issues, and to make sure my immune system is still pumping along alright. The taste from the fire extinguisher was pretty bad and gave me a headache, and even a few days after the incident I could still feel it on my skin.

Since Townsville I’ve been busy with some driver training at the Norwell Motorplex, helping out the young Sonic Motor Racing drivers in Formula Ford. I then travelled to Perth and raced an F1000 open wheeler. That was a whole lot fun as I haven’t driven one for about ten years. I managed to come away with a few wins and a lap record, so that was a bit of fun.

I’ve also spent a day at Winton and one at Ipswich with BJR’s Super 3 team, helping our young drivers and giving them some pointers – help them progress. They’ll be racing on the support card at Ipswich this weekend so it’s going to be a busy one for BJR!

The Ipswich SuperSprint is going to be a challenge. I struggled there last year, particularly with the tyre life, but the rules have changed with the twin spring which should suit us.
The new parc ferme rule means no teams can touch the cars between qualifying and the race. Hopefully this will bring us a bit closer to the front runners!

I’m sitting eighth in the points standings, so my aim for the Ipswich SuperSprint is to get 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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