The opening practice session was a bit of trial and error, running two different sets of tyres (what we could salvage after the Sepang heat!) we were confident in our speed come qualifying time as the field would be back to a level playing field.
The second and final practice session on Friday afternoon was held on w very wet track. My first time on the new Michelin wet was a great experience. Coming to grips with the tyre I was able to adapt early and punch out the fastest lap for the session.
The weather kept us on our toes in the lead up to qualifying, ultimately the session was under way on a drying track. We were able to adapt to the conditions early finding ourselves at the top of the time sheets only to be pipped after the checked flag.! Still handing me a front row start for race 1 later that morning.
Unfortunately, our front row start wasn’t to be! On the way to the grid for race 1, a broken driveshaft halted our progress forcing me to the pits before the race start. Not what we wanted at all.
Timmy, Rob and the boys went to work straight away to replace the broken shaft and have us ready to race later that afternoon. Starting from the rear of the field, I managed to work my way through to ninth in a shorted race, and our speed was good!
Overnight a few post-race penalties were applied for a safety car restart breach elevating me to a fifth place starting position for the third and final race. With the tyres we had left the best I could manage was fourth at the flag – struggling to make a move on the sonic cars for a podium position.
The weekend did plan out the way it should have after qually, however I was still pretty happy with the recovery considering our race 1 dramas! Back at it in a couple of weeks and one of the best circuits in the world – Bathurst! Thanks for all the support.