Welcome to my blog!
Updated: Sep 27, 2017
I thought I would step outside of my comfort zone and start a blog so you can follow my thoughts, racing results and my day to day life to have a better insight in to what goes on behind the scenes of a racing driver.
For people who don't know me, I am a 20 year old Aussie racing car driver currently competing in selected rounds of the Blancpain GT Series with German team Reiter Engineering in their Lamborghini Gallardo. Our last round of the year is this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in the Endurance Series, with the 3H race beginning on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
I am super excited to finally get back in the racing seat after our tough season this year. It has definitely been one of the hardest racing seasons for me this year, with some big highs and unfortunately too many lows. With the past 2 rounds being hard to swallow with accidents out of my control preventing me from completing any racing laps, it has been a big mental challenge but I know it has made me a stronger driver.
So, my expectations and thoughts on Barcelona!
For both Marko and I, Barcelona is a new circuit to us so this will be our main focus during the 2 practice sessions to make sure we dial back into the car nicely and learn the track as quick as possible. I have been doing a lot of simulator work to help speed up the process so I can adapt quickly and focus on building up my speed lap by lap. With little seat time being possible due to the rebuilding of the Lamborghini, it's the next best thing to being in the actual race car. Tomas Enge will be our 3rd driver in our lineup and will be our benchmark just like Paul Ricard, it's always nice to work with a professional driver and soak up all the information they can pass along.
I think our qualifying position will be similar to Paul Ricard in the fact we will be mid field, with such a big grid of 50 cars you can't make any mistakes in qualifying otherwise you find yourself at the back pretty quickly! It's so hard to say now where we will end up at the end of the 3H race but I have my fingers crossed that if we stay out of trouble we can finish the year off on a high. I will keep you all updated with our progress throughout the weekend from each session.
But for now, I am going to do one last session on the simulator here at the Reiter Engineering workshop this afternoon and then its time to pack for our flight down to sunny Barcelona tomorrow. Wish us luck! :)