CORKERY SHOWS PACE AND POTENTIAL IN FUJITSU SERIES RETURN New Zealand driver Colin Corkery showed pace and potential in his new Supercharge Batteries and ACA International-backed Holden Commodore on his return to Australia's Fujitsu V8...
CORKERY SHOWS PACE AND POTENTIAL IN FUJITSU SERIES RETURN
New Zealand driver Colin Corkery showed pace and potential in his new Supercharge Batteries and ACA International-backed Holden Commodore on his return to Australia's Fujitsu V8 Supercar series at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway over the weekend.
Though he was sent spinning out of the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, then had another spin in the second race on Sunday morning the 25-year-old from Auckland's North Shore got as high as 10th - from 19th - in the second race and crossed the line 13th in the third.
Having only contested one other round of the series this year - the opening one at Adelaide in March - the former kart star and more recently Yokohama Australian V8 Ute Series front-runner expressed himself satisfied with his return, though he would have preferred it if the first and second races had panned out more like the third.
"Pace-wise I was quite happy with where I was, because even though I ended up 14th (out of a field of 19) in qualifying there were only a couple of tenths (of a second) between me and Grant Denyer in ninth place and like everyone else in the top ten he's been running all year. I made a small mistake on my best lap too which would have accounted for that time so I was fairly close to the money with onloy the bare minimum seat time."
Corkery also struggled to get his newly-built Supercharge Batteries/ACA International-backed Commodore into fourth gear in the first race, though it was contact from one of the other drivers that sent him into a half spin and saw him finish the race back in 19th position.
An overnight gearbox swap fixed the problem with fourth gear and Corkery made up nine places in as many laps in the second weekend race in Sunday morning only to spin off of his own accord half way through.
"I was trying to go under James Moffat and just locked the rear tyres over the bumps into Turn 3," he explained. "Paul (entrant and race engineer Paul Morris) was telling me that I wasn't going deep enough there so I was trying, but I think the bumps were worse on the inside and it got away on me."
Despite that the young Kiwi was again able to finish the race under his own steam and completed his series return weekend with a troublefree run to 13th - making up six places - in the third and final race.
Though he has tested at Queensland Raceway since contesting the first round of this year's Fujitsu series Corkery says that there's nothing like a race meeting to help a driver lift his game and that he is keen for more outings in the Supercharge Batteries/ACA International Commodore.
"You do forget what it's like to be racing one of these cars, " he says, " particularly how competitive a category like Fujitsu is. It's real racing whether it is for the lead or for 15th place and no-one's there to make up the numbers, they're all trying to make it into the main game and they all play for keeps."
The weekend's threeFujitsu series races were won by highly rated young Australian driver Jonathan Webb from David Russell and James Moffat in the first race, Sam Walter and Brad Lowe in the second and Russell and Walter in the third.