WEST TMR LANCER LOOKS TO GO NORTH AT BATHURST 12 HOUR
After finishing 6 seconds behind its sister car for the past two years, the crew of the Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia (TMR) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS sponsored by West Surfing Products are desperate to go one better in Sunday's Amour All 12 Hour endurance race at Bathurst.
Chief Engineer Robert Chadwick believes he has the crew and the equipment to complete the task.
"We are most definitely looking to win, 12 hours is a long a time and it will be a case of strategy throughout the day," Chadwick said after the opening practice this morning.
There's no doubting the quality of the TMR prepared Lancers with the team chasing a 12 hour 1-2 three-peat. With a trouble free and consistent run, Chadwick is confident TMR can again fill the top two steps of the podium, potentially in reverse order.
The driver line up in the West Surfing Products Evo includes 2002 and 2003 V8 ute Champion and 2004 V8 Supercar Rookie of the year Warren Luff.
Glyn Crimp's circuit racing record includes a second in the 12 hour on debut and Stuart Kostera. rounds out the trio.
Chadwick has faith in all three, in particular Kostera. "Stuart's got great experience and has been a winner in the Australian Formula 3 Championship. He was in the car last and provides great feedback. With those pairings I'm really happy."
Kostera recorded the fifth fastest time of the opening practice session with lap of 2m30.86sec. This afternoon's second session will be used to fine tune the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
"It's still a bit slippery over the top of the mountain but we've got another practice session this afternoon and we'll make a couple of little changes but we're generally happy," he said.
Defending champion Damien White, also in a TMR Australia Evo X was second fastest in the session.
White will again partner Rod Salmon with New Zealander Ian "Inky" Tulloch coming in to fill the third seat.
The Pedigree Pet Foods Evo will also be tweaked before the afternoon session with Tulloch and White less pleased with the setup than Salmon.
"I just get in the thing and drive it. The car's change during the 12 hours anyway so you just get in and adapt," Salmon said.
Team orders will play little part in the outcome of Sunday's 12 hour, according to Chadwick. "At TMR it's just look after each and see you the podium," he said.
-source: tmr australia