All drivers love going to Adelaide for the opening round of the Supercars Championship, it really is a great place to kick off our year. As a former Formula 1 Grand Prix venue the huge crowd in attendance are educated and enthusiastic, while the city throws its full support behind the weekend.
It’s usually quite hot and while all drivers prepare well for the season by doing rigorous training during the off season, nothing can prepare you better than doing miles in the car. It’s a long weekend of racing with numerous practice sessions, two qualifying periods, two Top-10 Shootouts (if you’re lucky to make them) and a pair of 250k races.
The circuit is a true challenge and a genuine car breaker. With concrete staring you in the face at every corner it comes down a balance of aggression and self-preservation. To find the time in qualifying you have to maximise the track limits, which means rubbing up against the walls and clipping tyre bundles, but in the race that same approach could see you with damage that will compromise the handling of your car. The track layout lends itself to really close racing and just finishing the 78-laps is a real achievement, while whoever it is that greets the chequered first on either Saturday or Sunday will definitely have earned their pay packet.
Wish me luck!