Greg Crick is optimistic of a strong showing this weekend as he gets behind the wheel for the first time in six months following an enforced lay-off due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Crick has returned to his regular drive, a 1973 Chrysler Charger, in this weekend’s Touring Car Masters round at Sydney Motorsport Park as his recovery continues following his affliction aboard the Erebus Motorsport SLS at February’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
“Most people don’t understand what carbon monoxide poisoning does to you,” he explained.
“It’s just not one symptom, it’s just not one problem, and the professor that’s looking after me is surprised that I’m as good as what I am at this stage.
“He thought it would take me about twelve months, so I’m pretty happy with my progress.”
The Tasmanian was a commendable fourth fastest in Friday qualifying, lapping just over a second slower than championship leader John Bowe, who was on record pace.
“I’ve had a bit of a struggle,” said Crick.
“The first two practice sessions were very difficult for a lot of reasons – remembering how to actually drive and how I do things – and also just tiring – after the second session I went and had a sleep.
“When I got out for qualifying I felt quite good. I was surprised that I was where I was in qualifying because we never had a radio so I didn’t know I was fourth.
“I don’t think I did a lap that I didn’t make a mistake on so it wasn’t that good, but if I feel okay we can go a bit better tomorrow. We’re here really this weekend to do the best we can and just work back into things.”
Crick, who explained that a recent 10-lap test at Symmons Plains was focused more on driver than machine, plans to see out the season in Touring Car Masters as he builds back up to full fitness.
He has also confirmed that he has had preliminary discussions about a return to Mount Panorama’s once-around-the-clock enduro next year.