WSR ready to face the heat in Darwin.
The Dick Johnson Racing Team is set to tackle the hot conditions at the SKYCITY Triple Crown this weekend with the team unloading today at the Hidden Valley complex.
Since 1999 the V8 Supercars Championship has been run in Darwin and the two Wilson Security Racing drivers are looking to deliver a strong result after very good recent form.
With the ‘time short’ nature of the new FG Falcon build for David Wall now behind them, the DJR team took time after the long haul from Perth to make further improvements to both cars, particularly some of the ergonomics in the #17 David Wall car.
Whilst many teams tested in the last week, WSR / DJR decided to plan a test prior to the Queensland Raceway round in early August; a move that has allowed a lot of work shop time to continue. The Darwin round is always a favourite with the teams and most have arrived early to enjoy an extra day in the Northern Territory.
The SKYCITY Triple Crown is another of the three race formats with two x 100km races on Saturday followed by a 200km race on Sunday. A mix of Dunlop Hard and Sprint tyres will ensure strategy and pit stops play a huge bearing on the race results.
Both drivers enjoy the Hidden Valley layout – here are their pre race thoughts:
#16 – Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“I am really looking forward to the weekend in Darwin. It is a fantastic track and always delivers exciting racing. Last year was very tough for me personally and the results did not come, but with the way the DJR cars are going there is no reason why we can’t be challenging the top guys.
“The tyres will be a big factor and with the longer Sunday race and Safety Cars, there is often cars battling on very different strategies. We have seen this year after year with the two Dunlop tyre compounds.
“My preparation is the same for every event and I have a very good fitness program regardless if it is in Tassie or Darwin, but it is always very hot up here in these cars.
“The crew at DJR and I have been working hard on trying to make the car better over one lap so this will be a key factor in three qualifying sessions for sure.
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“Tyres will be the focus for everyone. You get high tyre degradation here and with a mix of Dunlop Hard and Soft compounds our strategy will be very important. This is one place you have to qualify well at. Although there are some passing opportunities, you can get caught up in long lines of cars here so to be as close to the front will be really important.
“The heat is a factor in Darwin, but I do a lot of cardio work so I’m sure we will be fine. The DJR boys have also made the car a bit more comfortable for me with some rearranging of the seat and pedal box in our new Wilson Security Falcon.”