The Bathurst 1000 is rapidly approaching – there are only 14 days to go until we hit the hallowed tarmac of Mount Panorama! With little time left, we’ve taken the trip out to Queensland Raceway today to make sure all of our ducks are in a row before the biggest race of the season.
We’ve got our main drivers Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen here, making sure that all of the new components we’ve installed over the last week or so are working in perfect harmony.
Since the Sandown 500, both the #19 Team TEKNO Darrell Lea and #97 Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods VF Commodores have had their engines, transaxles, driveshafts, brakes and suspension rebuilt or replaced with new components. Days like today allow us to make sure that all of these parts are operating correctly, so that we’ve got the reliability we’ll need to cover the 1000km at Bathurst.
Queensland Raceway couldn’t be further removed from Mount Panorama, so we’re not focusing on chassis changes or car set-up today. It’s all about preparation.
Along with the bedding of parts, and mechanical checks being performed today, it’s also our opportunity to ensure that our pit crew is as sharp as possible leading into the big one. We’re practicing every possible type of pit stop that may need to occur at Bathurst. Obviously tyre and fuel are important, but we’re also practising battery changes, front bar swaps, damper changes and a host of other potential scenarios to ensure we’re on our game on race day.
Team Manager Bruce Jenkins knows that every single second counts in the pits, and wants to ensure the team is ready.
“Today is all about preparation for Bathurst, for the drivers, for the team and for the engineers. We’re especially looking at bedding brakes, making sure that transaxles are working well, and all the technical issues that will, hopefully, not pop up at Bathurst,” Jenkins said.
“More importantly though, it’s about pit stops. We’ll probably have eight pit stops during the course of the Bathurst 1000, and it’s a huge strain on all of our guys. That’s why we are regimental in what we do, brake changes, car changes, and tyre changes as well, so it’s a big test day for us.”