Tackling Tasmania with Red Bull Racing Australia

Red Bull Racing Australia lead the championship heading to Tasmania but the hard work has just begun
Jamie Whincup racing in Melbourne
Jamie Whincup racing in Melbourne © VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool
By Tim Sturtridge

Team principal Adrian Burgess is hopeful that Jamie Whincup can repeat last year’s V8 victory at Symmons Plains, Tasmania.

“Last year we didn’t start off too strong. But like this time last year, at the moment, we know we’re not operating at anywhere near our maximum or to the potential of the car, so we’re confident we’ve got a lot of improvement to deliver.”

Adrian Burgess, known to all in the paddock as ATB, is confident that the best is still to come this season for Red Bull Racing Australia.

“The drivers have to give us good feedback and the engineers have got to step up and do a better job that we know we are all capable of doing. We’re not sitting here panicking, we’re looking at the task in front of us and we’re ready to take that on.”

Craig Lowndes leads the way in Melbourne
Craig Lowndes leads the way in Melbourne © VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool

The all-new Red Bull Racing Australia VF Commodores have benefited from another solid day’s testing since their last competitive outing. With some serious rivals appearing on the grid this season, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup can’t afford to stay still as they go on the hunt for race wins.

Shane Van Gisbergen already has one race win to his name while the Brad Jones Racing pairing of Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright staked their claim during the Australian Grand Prix weekend. Throw in youngster Scott McLaughlin and the quickly-improving Nissans and the 2013 championship battle is hotter than Lee Holdsworth’s brake foot.

“While our main priority is to win, it’s good that there are other people up towards the front.” ATB said. “The Nissans, they had a really good weekend at the GP and are threatening. The Mercs are struggling a little bit but that won’t last for long. They’ll hit their straps eventually. Brad Jones Racing have also done a great job. All their drivers and engineers should be very proud of how they’ve started the year.”

With stiff competition on the grid ATB is in no doubt about the level of focus required from his team in Tasmania and the remaining races of the season.

“Our job is still to go out there and try to win every weekend. So that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.”

Craig Lowndes comes in for a service
Craig Lowndes comes in for a service © VUE Images / Red Bull Content Pool
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