Looking for a win to keep the lion roaring
IPSWICH'S Queensland Raceway looks, on paper, to be quite basic.
However, while the late, great Jason Richards once suggested it would be better dug up, it's surprisingly challenging.
I like QR, known affectionately as "The Paperclip" due to its striking similarity. That is demonstrated by my five victories there, including a clean sweep in my 2007 championship season.
To hook up the Holden Racing Team Commodore there, it's important to understand the bumps and make sure the car rides over them well.
Braking stability is important, as is good acceleration out of the corners.
We'll be using the soft tyres all weekend, so making them live as long as possible with meaningful pace will be critical during the race. We just need to make sure we have enough speed in qualifying so that we can start at the front.
Overall, we head to Queensland in good shape. We had solid results in Darwin, and then did even better in Townsville with an historic one-two result for the second year in a row.
I also won the round outright on points, which was great for the Holden Racing Team, and my confidence.
Since then, I've been enjoying the mid-season break. I've tried to relax ahead of a crucial few months.
I've still been around the workshop in Clayton, though, doing what needs to be done to keep HRT moving in the right direction.
I expect that we'll have a couple of upgrades on the Commodore for Ipswich. We chose not to test at Winton last week so that we could spend more time with the in the workshop.
If you're coming to Queensland Raceway, make sure you come along to one of our autograph sessions throughout the weekend. I really enjoy meeting the HRT fanbase - and it motivates me to give my best on track.
Hopefully, we can get another race win in Queensland, and keep the lion roaring in the sun.