V8SDS: Drew Russell Bathurst preview

Drew Russell Receives a Guiding Hand from a Motorsport Legend Young privateer Drew Russell has had an amazing lead up to the biggest race of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series to be held this weekend in support to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst ...

Drew Russell Receives a Guiding Hand from a Motorsport Legend

Young privateer Drew Russell has had an amazing lead up to the biggest race of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series to be held this weekend in support to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Drew spent a day at the track with motorsport legend Neil Crompton.

The test day will be the only test day the Novocastrian Motorsport team completes this year, so they were keen to get the most out of technical expert Ross Holder.

Having Neil there to mentor Drew was a perfect opportunity for Drew to develop his driving style.

Not having the support of one of the main game teams and the added data that they can provide, Novocastrian Motorsport has been on the back foot with regard to car set up at the start of each round this year, making this test day vital in the lead up to the biggest round of the year.

"The time we spent outside the car was almost more beneficial to me than the time in the car today," said Drew after the test.

"I spent a lot of time going over data with Ross and Neil, watching how they interact with each other and seeing what I need to do to improve the bond with Ross to make it easier for him to dissect what the car is doing from the information I give him.

"I was a sponge the whole day, learning how I can become a better driver by changing my driving style such as using different gears in corners that may not be any faster or slower but at the end of the race means you have conserved tyres and are able to attack harder.

"We spent the first few sessions of the day on car setup, trying to get a decent balance on the car and make it easier to drive.

"After that I went out as a passenger with Neil so I could watch how he drove the car and the lines he took.

"I was pleased to find that when both Neil and myself came in and sat down with Ross we were providing the same feedback and feeling from the car, making it easier to change things on the car.

"I was amazed at how analytical Neil is with the car; he breaks down the corner and assesses every section.

"Neil has really given me some great stuff to think about and for me to work on in my driving not only in the setup of the car but technique and the way I approach things.

"I can't wait to get to Bathurst and get back into it, two months off between races is far too long!"

The Fujitsu V8 Supercar Round gets underway on Thursday with the two practice sessions.

-credit: dr

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