Clipsal: Tasman Motorsport preview

Looking Ahead To . The Clipsal 500 A new V8 Supercar Championship Series starts this weekend at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide for Tasman Motorsport and fresh from being on the pace at a two-day session at their Winton test ...

Looking Ahead To . The Clipsal 500

A new V8 Supercar Championship Series starts this weekend at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide for Tasman Motorsport and fresh from being on the pace at a two-day session at their Winton test circuit, the team is looking forward to getting started for 2006.

One of the mainA key strengths of for Tasman Motorsport's for 2006 assault is the continuity within the team has held. All. All of the staff members from 2005 have remained with the Melbourne-based team; with the only new face being Andrew Jones in the team's #23 Commodore and Barry Jones, who will assist Neill Burns in the engine department.

The team welcomes the backing of Australasian bedding giant Sleepyhead as announced yesterday as a team backer. , Sleepyhead's series- long association includes major branding for this weekend's Clipsal 500 in addition to theand upcoming Australian Grand Prix.

The podium positions scored by the team at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 haves resulted in strong momentum heading into 2006. Tasman has a far with a superior technical package to that which Tasman arrivedheading into at Adelaide than it had 12 months ago.o with.

After a long off-season of rebuilding the team's two cars and getting ready for another V8 Supercar season, the Tasman transporter has rolled out of the workshop and begun a journey that will go throughout 14 race meetings in Australia, New Zealand and Bahrain.

QUOTEBOOK

Jason Richards (#3 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"From the Winton test we've come out with the confidence that we were pretty very competitive for the two days of running. We've still got some refinements to make, but certainly no one makes massive leaps in performance considering the cars are so close these days.

"It'sit was good to be back in the car and just have a drive again and knock the rust off. The car has been extensively rebuilt during the off- season, yet and it felt exactly the same as I drove it last, which is a nice great sign.

"From a championship point of view, last year in Adelaide we got off to a bad start and had to play catch up all year. We had some issues but also the misfortune of being an innocent victim in a crash.

"The This year we're going there so far in front of where we were last year in all aspects. Our engines are more developed, we've got the same crew of guys who work really well together and that gives you the confidence to pick up where we left off; we want to at the end of 2005 and start the year with a whole bunch of points in the bag."

Andrew Jones (#23 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"I'm feeling pretty comfortable good about where we are at. Our two days of testing gave us the chance to do a little bit of dry running but mainly wet driving on the first day. That's always positivegood because we get the odd rain-affected race so it's nice to have a clue as to how this specific car feels in those conditions should they pop up.

"Having a good good number of competitive teams was good at the Winton test helps to be able to compare ourselves to others, although it's always hard exactly to know what everyone is doing and what quality of tyres they are running on.

"Without having the Grand Prix as a lead-in race to the start of the championship, we ran through a few simple things at the test that we'd normally try out at the GP.

"The number one goal for me for thing in my brain for Adelaide is picking up a good good points haul. I've got some goals set in my mind as to where I would like to be in the pointscore at the end of the year and to reach them; having a strong good Clipsal is essential."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Jason Richards