Well what can I say, my first race win in two years, I'm absolutely stoked with how our weekend panned out in Tasmania.
I was starting to get worried there for a while, when I was gonna finally break through for my first WAU win. But that doesn’t matter now, does it (haha!)
I would love to just to dive into Sunday, (that’s where all the good stuff is) but I better recap the whole weekend for you guys.
Quali was a bit weird on Saturday, a little disappointing even know I qualified in P3. We obviously rolled out pretty good in practice, but as we moved into qualifying, the brakes in the car started to become an issue. We changed the brakes through Quali and the car felt a lot better, but I knew we weren't firing like we should of been.
When the lights went out for Race 6, I instantly moved back a place, as Jamie passed me off the line from P4. From there, I came under pressure from Will on the opening lap, but I was able to keep him in my rear-vision mirror.
On Lap 13, I was pretty lucky to get the pass done on Cam, after locking up pretty hard into Turn 6 behind Jamie. For a second I though I was gonna punt Jamie as we both moved past Cam, but I was able to make the move stick.
I ended up crossing the line in P4, wasn’t a bad race to be honest, just felt like we were wounded the whole time with the braking situation.
Qualifying for Sunday was like a rollercoaster, P10 & P2. I wasn't far off the mark in the first Quali, just on the wrong end of the tenth. Took the option to tweak the rear of the car in-between sessions, which paid dividends for us as I put the car on the front row of the grid in the second Quali.
Felt like it was the go-kart days, starting back in P10 for Race 7. There was definitely gonna a be a few panels banged up on the opening lap. And just as I thought, it was chaos out there. I was able to move up 3 spots from the start but the rear of the car got crunched, it was like a shark had taken a bite out of the car.
From there, the race was like follow the leader. The car was travelling along nicely, but I struggled to make any moves. In the end, P6 was the best I could do considering where I started.
The team made a few changes before the last race where I was starting from P2, and I was confident I could fight for the win.
It was a textbook start off the line, as I lead into Turn 1. The car felt unreal as I charged out in front, and went onto claim the chequered flag.
So cool to get my first win in two years, can’t thank the WAU guys enough, so glad to finally get the monkey off the back!
Overall, we hauled some good points across the weekend and grabbed my first win of 2021! Looking forward to Tailem Bend next.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Shane van Gisbergen, Red Bull Ampol Racing – 865 points
- Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Ampol Racing – 726 points
- Chaz Mostert, Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing – 700 points
- Cameron Waters, Monster Energy Racing – 663 points
- Will Davison, Shell V-Power Racing - 623 points