This weekend’s round at Phillip Island – the penultimate of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship Season – is a make or break one for TEKNO Autosports, and our drivers Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen.
Both drivers are ready and raring to go after a good break following the Gold Coast 600. Jonathon headed to the United States and the big SEMA automotive trade show in Las Vegas, whilst SVG headed back to NZ for more racing – first in the Highlands 101 at Highlands Motorsport Park, before taking his first D1NZ podium last weekend.
Both of our guys like Phillip Island, and both had a good run at the picturesque circuit in 2012. Shane finished second on Saturday and fourth on Sunday there last year, whilst Jonathon was seventh in both races. With Shane currently seventh, and Jonathon twelfth in the championship, we need a good result to push them forward, and end the season with both drivers in the top ten.
With the recent resurfacing of the circuit, which lies on the southern coast of Phillip Island overlooking Bass Straight, being a major talking point in the lead-up, we caught up with Jonathon for a quick chat to get his thoughts before going racing again.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car after a bit of a break. It was a really nice break in the US, we enjoyed it,” said Jonathon today. “I’ve had a look at the forecasts, and the weather looks like it will play a big part in the weekend, so it should be interesting.”
“The new surface will be quite interesting. We’re very relieved that V8s took the step to test the tyres, so we don’t have a MotoGP type situation, but it will definitely be tougher on tyres, with an aggressive new surface. It’s already a fast track, so it will be even quicker now. It will make for very fast, very tight racing, that’s for sure.”
“We’ve dropped back a bit further in the championship than we wanted to, and haven’t been as competitive recently as we’d like to have been, but we’ll push forward like we did at the end of last year. I like Phillip Island, we had a good run here last year and will aim to finish the championship in the top ten, and end the season on a high note,” Jonathon concluded.
The Phillip Island 360 starts this Friday, November 22 and finishes Sunday November 24. There will be three races across the weekend, including a 28-lap 60/60 race on Saturday and two 23-lap 100km races on Sunday. There will be three practice sessions on Friday, along with an additional practice session and qualifying on Saturday morning.
For more event information, head to www.v8supercars.com.au. We hope to see you there!