Jim Beam Racing’s Steven Johnson says that he is confident he will recover from a mild chest infection in time for this weekend’s Coates Hire 300 at Queensland Raceway.
Johnson battled through his team’s test session at the Ipswich circuit last Friday, and lied low over the weekend to recover from his sickness.
Unable to shake the illness, Johnson sought medical advice yesterday and says he is now on his way to a full recovery and will be fighting fit for his home race.
“I’ve been a bit down for the past couple of weeks with a chest infection. I’m battling through it at the moment, but we should be right,” Johnson told Speedcafe.com.
“I’ve just been to the doctor and the chiropractor, so I’ve got some antibiotics and I’ve sorted my neck out. I’m going home to rest for a few days before the weekend.”
Johnson, currently 15th in the V8 Supercars Championship, says that his illness did not affect him during his team’s first test for the year and is confident that the four-car DJR squad has made gains.
“I felt a bit crap at the test, but we got through our program and we were pretty happy with everything,” he said.
“It was our first test day for the year, so it was good to get everything out and go through some of the changes that we’ve wanted to try but not wanting to try in a race.
“All four cars went there with the same set-up, and then we went different ways. Some of us worked on the front end, some of us worked on the back end, and there were obviously some other different changes in between.
“We’re having a debrief soon, but hopefully everybody will be happy with the outcome.”
The Coates Hire 300 at Queensland Raceway kicks off this Friday.