GRM fine tunes for Eastern Creek with Winton test day A test day for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team at Winton Motor Raceway yesterday (Wednesday) has left team drivers Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones ready and raring to return to V8...
GRM fine tunes for Eastern Creek with Winton test day
A test day for the Garry Rogers Motorsport team at Winton Motor Raceway yesterday (Wednesday) has left team drivers Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones ready and raring to return to V8 Supercar action at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney this weekend.
The duo clocked up 100 laps each over the course of the day, finding minor improvement in their Valvoline Cummins Repco Commodores which they hope will help push the GRM team regularly into the top 10 over the next few rounds.
It was the first time the team has tested since prior to the kick-off of season 2005 in March, giving both drivers and their engineers a chance to try a number of setup adjustments.
"We found a small gain here and there, so overall it was a productive day where we went through a lot of things we have been wanting to try for a while but simply haven't had the chance because there isn't the amount of time required at a race meeting," said McConville.
"Even though the gains you make in V8 Supercar racing are minimal, it's still good to get another test day under our belts. We've been knocking on the door of top 10 qualifying results and races regularly, so maybe we can move a step closer at Eastern Creek.
"I'm pretty happy with the kind of progress we've been making at GRM this year. We were odds-on for fourth place for the round at Perth until I copped a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits. That's hard to cop when you're close to getting a great result.
"We're heading in the right direction. Our standing in the championship really isn't quite a true indication of where we sit in the overall scheme of things."
McConville has started seven rounds of the V8 Supercar Series at Eastern Creek, with a best result of sixth in the 2003 season finale, which he duplicated in last year's season closing round.
He currently sits 15th in the series, having finished ninth in the last round in Perth. He qualified in the Top 10 Shootout for the first time in 2005 there also.
His team-mate Andrew Jones has good memories of Eastern Creek. The 24-year- old won last year's Konica Minolta V8 Supercar round at Eastern Creek, beginning a season comeback that saw him ultimately crowned the series champion.
"There's definitely nothing wrong with my motivation levels because I'm at the point where it would be great to be in a car every day and at a race meeting every weekend to build my experience," says Jones, who sits 28th in the championship.
"So being able to have another test day yesterday can only be a good thing for me to have more runs in the car and build relationships within the team.
"We made progress in Perth and bridged the gap that existed, however Eastern Creek is a place where I actually drove a V8 Supercar last year, unlike Pukekohe and Barbagallo where I'd never driven one.
"Quite what that all means I don't know, but winning last year at Eastern Creek can't exactly hurt my preparation for this year!"
The V8 Supercar teams will have a two-hour practice session on Saturday morning before qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout is held later that afternoon. Sunday will see two 140-kilometre races, each over 36 laps, to complete the fourth round of the series.
Network Ten will telecast the action from 2.30 to 5.00pm on Sunday May 29.