I’m back on the Gold Coast after a good (but cold) week away in Tassie.
We seem to get it right at Symmons Plains but we were behind the eight ball most of the weekend with Car 1 so it was nice to have things go our way on Sunday.
Lowndesy had cracker pace all weekend. He and his crew deserved the success they achieved this weekend; it was a shame to see him miss out on the hat-trick and 100 race wins, though with that pace I’m sure it’s just around the corner.
I enjoyed the format of the weekend, the 2 long practice sessions on Friday allowed us to do plenty of laps and the balance of the 2 shorter races on Saturday with the longer one on Sunday seemed to mix it up which I think is a good thing.
I wasn't expecting to be standing on the top step of the podium this weekend, but I'm absolutely thrilled to have done so. We didn't have a bad day on Saturday but we just struggled for ultimate pace to match the top guys.
We worked really hard Saturday night to improve the car but after qualifying Sunday morning we still weren't quite there. With this in mind Sunday's race strategy was to stay out of trouble and try to maximize what we had which is exactly what we did. After a crash at turn 1 and a drive through penalty for 888 I found myself leading the race. The team did a great job with strategy and our pit stops were excellent which kept us ahead of the pack to come home with the win just in front of Chaz Mostert and Shane VanGisbergen.
It's still early days, we're not really thinking about the championship at this point, but it's nice to be at the pointy end.
I’m off Thursday for Easter to test out my new Malibu down in NSW. Really looking forward to slowing things down and sitting on the side of the river with nowhere to be for 5 days straight. I wish all you guys a happy Easter with friends and family and please remember if traveling to take it easy on the roads.