Beating the Eastern Creek bogey
June 2, 2007, 1pm. If there’s ever been a bogey track in my career it has to be Sydney’s Eastern Creek, which just so happens to be the next stop on the V8 Supercar tour.
The Creek has never been a happy hunting ground for me. In fact, the first time I visited with Team Kiwi in 2001 I didn’t even make the cut, having missed out on the 32-car grid following pre-qualifying.
Another year, with Team Dynamik, I thought we were in for a reasonable weekend only for it to be thrown out the window thanks to a couple of drive-through penalties for speeding in pitlane – the team having set the pit speed-limiter a touch too high.
I got a drive-through penalty for speeding while serving a drive-through penalty – that’s just too much to take!
Thankfully things have gradually improved each time the series has returned - last time there with Tasman Motorsport in 2006 we finished 11th overall after making the top-10 shootout.
The track is long and fast-flowing, having been designed initially for 500cc Grand Prix motorcycles.
The corners are also long, as too are the hairpins, with a specific vehicle balance required to generate enough speed.
It’s a track where you have to be on the money right from the get-go, otherwise the gap to the front is too large to overcome.
Chief engineer, Wally Storey, along with Adam Deborre, Steve Henderson and Steve Harris, has been working overtime to provide my teammate, Greg Murphy, and I with the right set-up.
Horsepower is a prerequisite and the work Royce McCort and Neill (Part) Burns have performed in our engine shop of late has gone a long way towards overcoming any previous deficiencies there.
I’m confident Tasman Motorsport is heading in the right direction to score good results.
We’ll lay the bogeys to rest at Eastern Creek next weekend.
Photo caption: Talking things over with Wally Storey.
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