Following that heavy crash at Symmons Plains in April, Mobil 1 HSV Racing has repaired that chassis and it will be back in action at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 this weekend.
Walkinshaw chassis 22, was originally built for the start of 2016 for James Courtney and won a race on that chassis’ debut. However, it was heavily damaged in the multi-car pile-up at Symmons Plains in April.
Since chassis 22 was pushed to the side for repairs, Courtney has been racing WR 020 since Winton in May after the WR 021 caused friction with Courtney blaming the chassis publicly for poor performance.
Chassis 22 was in the team’s recent test day, which led both Courtney and co-driver Jack Perkins itching to get the car to the track. Perkins is among seven drivers doing double-duties in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and Dunlop Super2 Series, making for a busy weekend.
“The boys haven’t had the year they had hoped, but endurance season is a great time to turn it around,” he said.
“Our cars usually go pretty well this time of year, especially at Sandown, so I’m excited to be back out there. I’m really happy to be back with my mate JC in the car again, with a championship winning livery on the car.”
“The key to this weekend is to make no mistakes, and aim for that top 10. It’s endurance season, so anything can happen, but if we aim for that, we can bank some valuable points for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.”
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