Queensland: Colin Corkery preview

CORKERY IN FUJITSU SERIES RETURN WITH SUPERCHARGE BATTERIES & ACA INTERNATIONAL New Zealand driver Colin Corkery returns to Australia's Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway this weekend with his Paul Morris...

CORKERY IN FUJITSU SERIES RETURN WITH SUPERCHARGE BATTERIES & ACA INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand driver Colin Corkery returns to Australia's Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway this weekend with his Paul Morris Motorsport-run Holden Commodore carrying the colours of Supercharge Batteries and freight company ACA International.

The young Auckland-based driver was a familiar sight in a Supercharge Batteries-backed Ford Falcon in the Yokohama V8 Ute Racing series last year and his entry this weekend adds a new element to the Fujitsu (or as it is more widely know, V8 Development) series across the Tasman.

Corkery was a front-runner in the Yokohama ute series but always made it clear his ambitions lay with V8 Supercars. His move to the Fujitsu class was planned last year and he made his debut at the first round of this year's series at the season-opening Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide.

However that was before he had completely settled his backing package and having experienced first-hand how big a step it was from the Yokohama utes to the Fujitsu V8s he decided to wait until the business side of things was complete before he returned to the track.

That time has come and though he acknowledges that he has a big job ahead of him the 25-year-old from Auckland's North Shore is certainly looking forward to 'getting back in the saddle.'

"I've definitely missed being in a racing car, though having said that I've tested with the team twice since Adelaide. It's different when you're at a race meeting though and now that Supercharge Batteries and ACA International are both on board I have the opportunity again."

Corkery started the season in an older VZ model Holden Commodore run by the Queensland-based Paul Morris Motorsport team but this weekend he will be in of only two of the new-shape VE Commodores in the Fujitsu field.

And having tested at the track last Thursday Corkery knows exactly what he is in for this weekend and is looking for a solid return to the category.

"Because I've only done one of the other rounds there really isn't any expectation on me, bar what I put on myself. But at the same time, " he says, "I need to do a good enough job to justify the time and effort everyone has put into getting me back on the grid again."

The Fujitsu series cars will test on Friday then qualify and have the first of their three 15-lap races on Saturday with two more on Sunday.

The series points standings are currently being led by David Russell from Jonathan Webb, James Moffat, Grant Denyer and Kiwi Daniel Gaunt.

-credit: www.colincorkery.co.nz

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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Morris , Grant Denyer , Daniel Gaunt , James Moffat , Colin Corkery , David Russell