Experienced V8 Utes driver Andrew Fisher will benefit from the large separation between rounds to enable him to undergo knee surgery.
Fisher has been diagnosed with torn cartilage after undergoing an MRI scan a few days ago.
The New South Wales-based driver is set to undergo keyhole surgery for the meniscal tear soon but is confident he will be fit in time for round 2 of the V8 Utes Championship at Barbagallo from May 16-18.
“I have to stop running, which is the hard thing for me as it’s something I love to do,” Fisher said.
“My physio has been great, he is getting me through this period and will be there for the recovery process as well,” said Fisher.
Fisher is expecting a recovery time of up to six weeks and is hoping to be back on light rehabilitation within two-three weeks.
“I should be able to get into the pool within the first two-three weeks and then hopefully back into full training within six weeks.”
The Jesus Racing driver hasn’t missed a round since starting in the series in 2007 and is currently in eighth place on the points after the opening round at the Clipsal 500 meeting.
“I’m really looking forward to Perth, it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Steve and Jenni Dunkley are one of Jesus Racing’s key supporters and they live in Perth, so thankfully I won’t miss the round,” said Fisher.
Team manager Luke Sieders is thankful that Fisher won’t compromise his series chances.
“He’s got great speed and has been close to the championship in the past, so it’s good to hear this won’t affect his Series campaign,” said Luke.
Team-mate David Sieders has a comfortable lead in the ARMOR ALL Drivers Championship on 131 points ahead of Craig Dontas on 114 while Wayne Wakefield and Kris Walton are on equal third on 109 points.