PremiAir Racing has ended its rookie Supercars Championship season on a high note with a top ten finish at the VALO Adelaide 500.
Both the #31 Subway PremiAir Racing Supercar of Jimmy Golding and the #22 PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Supercar of Chris Pither showed impressive race pace across the weekend, with both drivers able to excel in a drama-filled race this afternoon to finish P10 and P16 respectively.
“We had very quick cars all weekend,” PremiAir Racing Team Principal, Matt Cook, explains.
“We just missed out on the Top Ten Shootout today with Jimmy, he made a tiny mistake in the last sector coming onto the main straight with his braking and we just fell outside of the top ten (P12).
“Both cars were very fast, we had really great race pace this afternoon and managed to avoid all of the incidents and accidents that were happening out there to bring both cars home for the chequered flag.
“It was great to have a top ten finish to close out the year, and I also have to say a massive congratulations to Chris – he finished every race all year with absolutely no DNFs all season long, so that was great for him in his last race with the team. I couldn’t be more proud of him, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team.
“All of the PremiAir Racing boys and girls have done a fantastic job all year and now it is time for a short rest before we move onto Gen 3.”
Golding was happy with the improving race pace of the #31 Subway PremiAir Racing Supercar and said he was excited about 2023.
“It was super difficult out there in the race this afternoon, we were faced with a lot of challenges all weekend really, but ultimately we showed a lot of speed and improvement in speed as well – we haven’t just gotten to around the ten area and stalled there, we have shown speed further up from there also, which is super positive,” Golding said.
“It was great to get another top ten shootout yesterday and another top ten race finish today. We are yet to have a good qualifying and a good race together, but I am sure that will come next year.
“I am really looking forward to next year, to be getting in the Gen 3 car with a new look and a fresh start; I am keen to have a crack.
“I am really excited for next year, but in the meantime, I would like to thank the team for all of the hard work that has gone in this year.
“Coming in half way through the season is never easy but they have been very welcoming, and I especially want to thank Peter and Matt for the awesome opportunity, and also all of the sponsors that have gotten behind us this year.”
For Pither, today’s race marked his final outing with the PremiAir Racing team aboard the #22 PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Supercar.
“It was another drama-filled race out there today, but we kept our nose clean and stayed out of trouble and were able to bring it home in P16, a number of grid spots up from where we started (P24),” Pither said.
“Not only that, but by finishing the race today we ensured that we were one of only five car on the grid this season that finished all 34 races, which is a pretty big deal when you look back on what this season has entailed for all involved.
“I want to thank everyone at PremiAir Racing for all of their efforts over the year, and wish them the best of luck for the future.”
The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship, featuring the introduction of Gen 3, will commence in March of 2023 with the Thrifty Newcastle 500 event to be held across March 10-12. For event information, visit www.supercars.com.au
Before PremiAir Racing heads to Newcastle, the PremiAir Racing Top Fuel Dragster will contest events of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championships at Willowbank Raceway (January 6/7) and Sydney Dragway (January 27/28), as team boss Peter Xiberras looks to defend his Top Fuel title.
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