Alexandre Premat says he isn’t feeling nervous hoping in the championship leading car at Sandown this weekend after co-driving with Shane van Gisbergen last year.
Premat who made the bold decision to switch from the benchmark team Triple Eight to the up and coming team DJR Team Penske which many would’ve thought it was a poor decision but now seems potentially a smart decision.
However, the pressure of performing in a top level ride will remain as a single mistake from French driver could cost both Scott McLaughlin and DJR Team Penske their maiden Supercars title.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Premat isn’t too fussed about being a title contending car as he knows what is expected from him so the pressure is there.
“There is pressure for sure,’’ Premat said.
“I know Scott is going for the championship for sure. I have to perform because I know one slip can cost him. I am going to try and do everything perfect. I don’t want to do a mistake.’
Following his endurance campaign last year with the then known as Red Bull Racing Australia, he won the PIRTEK Endurance Cup after a near faultless performance with a top 2 finish in all four races.
“I don’t really feel nervous because I know what I have to do,’’ Premat said.
“I have the same goal and mindset that I did with Shane last year and that is to go through the program race-by-race. I am going to drive clean, nice and fast.
“I am going to bring the car home. It is not complicated and that is what I need to achieve. That is it. I know all about.’’
Premet completed the majority of the laps for Car #17 at the recent DJR Team Penske test day last week to get comfortable in McLaughlin’s surroundings within the car.
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