V8 Supercars – Thompson preparing to further lead in Townsville‏

July 2, 2011

V8 Supercars

After injuring his wrist in a go-karting incident before Hidden Valley, Andrew Thompson is fully healed and preparing to defend his current lead in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 from July 8 – 10.

With only 15 points separating the Triple Eight Race Engineering pilot and second-placed Scott McLaughlin, Thompson has been taking every opportunity between Fujitsu Series races to further his on-track knowledge, partaking in the co-driver practice sessions at Winton Motor Raceway and also during TeamVodafone’s Test Day in early June.

The Monster Energy/Gear Wrench-backed driver looks forward to getting behind the wheel of his Commodore VE after having to sit out of the extra practice opportunities offered at Hidden Valley Raceway.

“Having to sit out of the Hidden Valley co-driver practice session was hard,” Thompson said.

“You never want to miss an opportunity to grow as a driver, but I had to do the right thing and give my wrist the rest it needed.

“I’m looking forward to getting into the Monster Energy/Gear Wrench car as it’s been two months since my last race so I’m eager to hit the Reid Park circuit.”

Following an unbeatable weekend at Barbagallo Raceway where he took top spot in both the Saturday and Sunday races, the Gold Coast-based driver is hoping for another clean sweep to further extend his points lead.

“I’m hoping we can maintain our form from Perth but that’s going to be extremely tough with a few extra drivers coming in with a decent amount of experience, so we are going to need to lift our game,” the 23-year old said.

Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series racers will face the added challenge of a reverse grid race on Sunday morning, with the top 10 placings reversed.

“The depth of the field is just getting stronger and stronger so the reverse grid race will be even tougher,” the Triple Eight driver said.

“Townsville is always a great event to be a part of, so it will be good to put on a show for everyone up there as the last 6 months or so have been extremely hard on them.

“We will give it our best shot and hopefully come away with a good result,” Thompson concluded.

The Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series will support the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 from the 8th – 10th July.

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