Heading West: Robbo previews the Perth SuperSprint

PremiAir Nulon Racing is set to be exceptionally busy across the weekend of May 17-19, hitting the track in both the East and the West while concurrently celebrating Tim Slade’s 200th Supercars round start – complete with a number change on his PremiAir Nulon Racing Camaro.

Slade – sporting the #200 for this weekend in honour of being only the 22nd Supercars racer to achieve 200 ATCC/Supercars round starts – and Jimmy Golding in the #31 PremiAir Nulon Racing Camaro will be tackling the Perth Super Sprint at Wanneroo for round four of the 2024 Supercars Championship. Out West we will also be supporting Cameron McLeod in the Super2 ranks aboard his #92 RM Racing Cars supported by PremiAir Racing Holden Commodore ZB.

Meanwhile, our Team Principal Peter Xiberras will be fielding the PremiAir Nulon Racing Top Fuel Dragster in no less than two National Drag Racing Championship (NDRC) title rounds across the one weekend, at Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs event. You can read more about our hopes on the drag racing side of things here (click through to the drags preview).

It is certainly a case of all hands on deck this weekend! Luckily, our team is well set-up for weekends such as this and I am confident we won’t miss a beat while trying our best to bring home some bi-coastal success.

In Perth – a 10,000km round trip from our Arundel headquarters on the Gold Coast in Queensland – we are greatly looking forward to celebrating Tim’s milestone, and to building on the strong showing he had their last year with some top ten results and an impressive drive job around a broken gear selector.

From this event onwards Tim is partnering up with our Competition Director Ludo Lacroix as his Lead Engineer. Ludo has had some great success in the West in the past, including 14th to 1st with Craig Lowndes in 2016 and 18th to 1st with Scott McLaughlin in 2018. He tells us that he loves Perth, and with the steps made forward at the GP and at Taupo, I can tell you things are feeling quite positive on that side of the garage ahead of this event.

For Jimmy, he and Lead Engineer Romy Mayer have also been hard at work as they look to continue their momentum from the recent rounds. Golding’s last trip to the West showed plenty of strength, driving from P24 to P14 in the first race of the weekend, from P22 to P11 in the second, and from P19 to P11 in the third, so they have plenty to build upon.

Qualifying will again be a core focus for the #31 and also the #200, and with the three-part knock-out format in place for both of the weekend’s 55-lap races, the intensity will be high.

Also under the microscope are our pit stops, with the team doing a lot of pit stop practice in the workshop since New Zealand in preparation for this weekend.

Qualifying and pit stops are of course always important, but on a short 2.42km track like in Perth where every lap is under a minute, on soft tyres and with no fuel stops, they are even more critical.

At the same time, our own Zach Davis will be overseeing Cameron McLeod and his race day team in the Super2 Series aboard the #92 RM Racing Cars supported by PremiAir Racing across two 40-minute races.

After a strong comeback in Bathurst after being caught up in a big Saturday incident of others’ making, we know Cameron will be champing at the bit to lock away some results this weekend.

Stephen Robertson

PremiAir Nulon Racing Team Manager

The Perth SuperSprint and Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs will be held across May 17-19. For event information and schedules, visit www.supercars.com.au and www.ndrc.tv

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