CORKERY STEPPING UP TO FUJITSU V8 SERIES THIS WEEKEND After two seasons in the Yokohama Australian V8 Ute Racing Series young New Zealand racing driver Colin Corkery is taking the next step in his career at the Clipsal 500 meeting round the ...
CORKERY STEPPING UP TO FUJITSU V8 SERIES THIS WEEKEND
After two seasons in the Yokohama Australian V8 Ute Racing Series young New Zealand racing driver Colin Corkery is taking the next step in his career at the Clipsal 500 meeting round the streets of Adelaide this weekend.
There Corkery, 24, will drive a Paul Morris Motorsport-run Holden Commodore V8 in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar class.
Moving 'up the ladder' was always part of North Shore, Auckland-based kart-turned-car driver Corkery's plans, and at one stage over the off-season there was the possibility of a drive in the V8 Supercar Championship.
However, most of the drivers in that category have done an 'apprenticeship' in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar class, which this year becomes the main support category for the V8 Supercar championship, so after weighing up his options Corkery decided it was a case of 'when in Rome.'
"Because my ultimate goal is a Supercar drive I put my hat in the ring, if you like, and there were definitely some options, but there's now a fairly well worn path from utes to Fujitsu and on to the main game so that's the way we decided to go."
The car Corkery will drive this weekend is the ex Steve Owen championship winning Holden Commodore VZ from last year, a car the young Kiwi set some impressive times in during testing with the V8 Supercars at Queensland International Raceway two weeks ago.
Corkery was also quick in his Ford Falcon V8 ute at the Clipsal meeting last year, though because it is such a big step up he is putting absolutely no expectations on himself in the leadup to this weekend's meeting.
"Really," he says, "It's going to be a case of see what happens. Yes I know the track, yes I've been quick there both times in the utes but this is a whole new ballgame. It's a proper race car for a start, rather than a converted road car like the ute, and bar the gearbox it's the same as the cars in the main game so it's a fairly big step."
This weekend the car will run in the colours of freight forwarding company ACA International.
Corkery will be on the track today to test, tomorrow to qualify and contest his first race and Saturday to contest the second race.