Powering around Queensland Raceway was no preparation for the extreme nature of Surfers Paradise Street Circuit according to Wilson Security Racing’s Jamie Campbell-Walter.
The British sports car driver, who will partner David Wall in this weekend’s two 300km endurance races, attended a test day at Queensland Raceway earlier this week but today was his first taste of the unforgiving Gold Coast street track.
Every lap was a confidence booster but, with only two practice sessions at his disposal, Campbell-Walter says he still has a steep mountain to climb in tomorrow’s race, which starts at 13.40.
Wilson Security Racing Co-Driver
“It’s great to get this opportunity to not only compete in Australia but to also drive a V8 Supercar for the very first time.
“At the test day a couple of days ago at Queensland Raceway, I felt fairly comfortable in the car and I did some fast and consistent lap times. At this tight circuit it’s a bit of a different story though and confidence is definitely the key to this concrete canyon.
“I want more and more time in the car. The more kilometres I can clock-up, the more confident I become.”
Wilson Security Racing
“The guys have been on the pace since we rolled the car out of the truck on Wednesday for the international driver test day.
“Tomorrow we will have a strategy that will give the Wilson Security Racing Commodore every chance to be up the front of the race.”
2012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 – SURFERS PARADISE STREET CIRCUIT
V8 SUPERCARS Overall Practice
01 M. Caruso/J. Hinchcliffe, Fujitsu Racing GRM, 1:11.6912
02 5 M. Winterbottom/W. Power, Orrcon Steel FPR Ford, + 0:00.0979
03 D. Reynolds/N. Heidfeld, The Bottle-O Racing Team, + 0:00.2468
04 W. Davison/M. Salo, Trading Post FPR Ford, + 0:00.3727
05 T. D’Alberto/T. Liuzzi, Team Hiflex, + 0:00.3841
06 J. Whincup/S. Bourdais, TeamVodafone, + 0:00.4074
07 T. Slade/D. Brabham, Lucky 7 Racing, + 0:00.4674
08 J. Moffat/P. Kox, Team Norton DJR , + 0:00.4972
9 J. Courtney/D. Turner, Holden Racing Team, + 0:00.5922
10 C. Lowndes/R. Lyons, TeamVodafone, + 0:00.6273
28 D. Wall/J. Campbell-Walter, Wilson Security Racing, 0:01.6766