Break? What break?
After a mammoth four-week festival of racing, the Supercars circus is heading back down south. Destination: Tailem Bend.
With only three rounds left to race in season 2020 and the margin to the top step of the drivers’ championship only 143 points away, it’s all on the line for Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup.
“The Bend is no doubt one of the best circuits we have in this country. We are so happy to have such a high-quality facility to go racing which was much needed after 19 years after the last. A long straight mixed with fast flowing corners makes it really challenging,” JDub said.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury to circulate and collect points, not that that’s our style anyway. We’re 143 points down and need to take risks on and off the track in an attempt to bridge the gap.”
The bulls’ last podium at The Bend was in 2018, which saw JDub and Shane ‘SVG’ van Gisbergen take out Sunday’s race with a one-two, respectively.
So, what do you remember from that race, SVG?
“JDub and I were quite fast that weekend, so hopefully we can get somewhere close to that again.
“It’s a really good track to drive on when you have a nice car. I remember we had a couple of rockets that year and to get a one-two in the first year of racing at Tailem Bend was awesome,” SVG said.
Looking forward to this weekend, the bulls are confident their momentum from Townsville and their pace from Supercars’ pre-season testing at Tailem Bend will put them in good stead for the next two weekends of racing.
“It’s a cool track but very tough on the cars. I think qualifying is the most important because it’s near impossible to pass people, so you really have to qualify well at The Bend.
“We’re just going to try our best, have some fun and get some good results,” SVG said.
“We take some confidence out of the fact we were competitive at the test day, but we are going there with a much different setup than that having adopted some of the stuff we have learnt the last few months,” JDub said.
“Wish us luck!”