Launceston’s Adam Garwood is feeling positive after his maiden Dunlop Super2 Series test when MW Motorsport evaluated him for a 2018 drive last month with one of their Nissan Altimas.
The young Tasmanian got his hands of a Nissan Altima Supercar and completed over 50 laps around the Victorian test circuit, Winton Motor Raceway.
Garwood was on track at Winton Motor Raceway testing the undamaged MW Motorsport-run Nissan Altima of Bryce Fullwood, the same day that Brad Jones Racing tested a selection of young drivers including current CAMS Jayco Formula 4 champion Nick Rowe.
He revealed that he got the Dunlop Super2 test deal with the Nissan team through a friendly contact within the Matthew White-owned team, who he has a past work relationship with.
“One of my good mates that I used to work back in Tasmania, he moved up to Matt White Motorsport, to be one of his full-time mechanics,” he told apexnews.co.nz
“So just with talks with him, he introduced me to Matt White and just happened from there, he offered me some Kumho V8 opportunities and gave me a Super2 option.”
The test day was Garwood’s first laps in a Supercars, following his previous stint racing in the Touring Car Masters. He immediately felt the difference in the power but knows he still has much to learn.
“Those are absolutely awesome to drive,” he added.
“You can’t compare them with the GT3 Cup cars, just the grip of them to what I’m used to and the amount of power is unbelievable, really.”
“It took me 5-10 laps [to get used to the increased power], I guess. It’s very similar to the TCM – Touring Car Masters – it has similar power but without the sequential gearbox and all that stuff.”
“The only real difference is keep plucking gears, but it didn’t take too long to get used to.”
Garwood did confirm that Tekno-bound Jack Le Brocq was present at the MW Motorsport test day to give Garwood a somewhat of a benchmark when looking over data through the day.
“Yeah, Jack Le Brocq was there,” he said.
“He jumped in and set the pace for the day, so I was able to look over his data so we were being compared to him. It was good that he gave us a hand whenever we needed it.”
If snagging a Dunlop Super2 drive at MW Motorsport does turn to be a viable option for the Tasmanian, he would feel ready to make the step to Super2, even for this year.
“The way we went that day, how the data showed that the time weren’t too bad,” he said.
“It’s just getting confrontable, there was a few things happened that day with the car, which didn’t allow us to get as many laps we wanted from the day.”
“[That was] due to their other cars getting crashed at Newcastle, so they only brought the one car, (#16 Fullwood). With another test, I reckon more than ready to jump into it.”
MW Motorsport will have the ability to run up to three Altimas in Super2 and a few Tickford-built FG Falcons in the Kumho V8 Series which are both options for Garwood in 2018.
Garwood had a mixed Touring Cars Masters season in 2017, but will announce his 2018 plans once his budget is in place so a deal can be completed.
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