Jason Bright says he is optimistic of fighting for a top ten finish as the V8 Supercar Championship heads to Queensland Raceway for the seventh round of the year.
The Fujitsu Racing man endured an up and down weekend last time out at Hidden Valley but said he felt confident that the Queensland circuit would be better suited to his Ford Falcon.
“In Darwin we started the weekend very strongly in practice, but didn't get a clear lap in qualifying,” he said. “We started back in the pack and got banged around a bit.
“You need a good balance in the racecar for Queensland Raceway. We feel this is one of our real strengths with our package. Straight-line speed is not the key to being on the pace at the Willowbank track.
“Looking at our race pace we have been setting lap times in the top ten. Now we need to qualify in the top group and move up the order from there. Queensland Raceway represents the halfway mark of the season and it would be good to get some momentum as we head towards the big races including Bathurst.”
Chief engineer Geoff Slater admitted that the layout of the Queensland venue would give the team a challenge when it comes to tyre wear but, like Bright, said he was confident for the weekend ahead.
“They do call the track the 'paperclip' for a very good reason,” he said. “There are six corners and just two are left-handers. This means the left-hand side tyres do take a big load. So we have to ensure our balance is strong as you can suffer from excessive tyre wear.
“We have only had a handful of days with the car back in the workshop since Darwin, but all our preparation has gone to plan and we feel confident going to Queensland Raceway.”