ALAJAJIAN BACK TO WHERE HIS V8 CAREER BEGAN WITH QR FUJITSU ROUND Chris Alajajian Will return to the circuit that kick started his V8 Supercar career for this weekend's fourth round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Queensland. 20-year-old...
ALAJAJIAN BACK TO WHERE HIS V8 CAREER BEGAN WITH QR FUJITSU ROUND
Chris Alajajian Will return to the circuit that kick started his V8 Supercar career for this weekend's fourth round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Queensland.
20-year-old Alajajian, from Sydney's North Shore, returns to Queensland Raceway this weekend; the circuit where last year he made his maiden V8 Supercar appearance in his Protecnica Racing / Jack Hillermans Smash Holden Commodore.
Alajajian's sparkling V8 debut 12 months ago included a second-place finish in the reverse-grid race before a possible top 12 finish in the third event was ended after contact with another car.
The debut performance opened many eyes to Alajajian's potential in the class and set up a 12-month stretch of learning and development for both driver and team.
At Wakefield Park raceway in April this year 12 months of hard work came to fruition when Alajajian won his first race in stunning fashion.
Alajajian commented that his return to Queensland sees him a better driver than when he arrived at the track for his V8 debut some 363 days ago.
"The last 12 months have taught me a lot about driving," Alajajian said today.
"I feel that I'm going back to Queensland raceway a better driver and much more in-tune with what it takes to get the best out of a V8 Supercar.
"I can't wait to go back to Queensland and a circuit I actually quite enjoy, to see if we can take the Protecnica Racing Commodore back to the front of the field."
Despite almost universal distaste for the 2.8-km 'Paperclip' circuit amongst drivers, Alajajian said that he still sees it as another challenge.
"I enjoy driving on any circuit, so I really don't mind QR," he grinned.
"Queensland Raceway is a track where brakes and momentum are important. You can really have a go there and it always seems to produce very close and hard racing.
"I think it suits my style and I'm looking forward to going back there to see if we can improve on our results from there last season."
The last tine the Fujitsu series raced was in May this year, a sodden Winton Raceway creating a difficult round for Alajajian after a race-one rollover left his Commodore stranded on its side, in the sand.
Top-twenty finishes in the final two races may have been a solid comeback -- giving him enough points to lay 20th in the series (He missed the first round in Adelaide) -- but Alajajian has placed Winton firmly at the back of his mind as preparation for the weekend ahead.
"Bad weekends are part of the sport," he said.
"To move on you have to put them away at the back of your mind and focus on the job at hand. Winton didn't go well for us but the Protecnica team has worked very hard to make sure that we are prepared to do the best possible job this weekend.
"I don't like looking back on what has happened, instead I look to the future to what can happen and I'm confident that this weekend can be a good one for us." He said.
Round Four of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship will be contested over three races this weekend at Queensland Raceway alongside the V8 Supercar Championship.