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Smith to join Supercars Winton grid in wildcard outing

Tom Howard

Friday 17th May, 2019 - 4:39pm

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Jack Smith will return to the Supercars grid at Winton

Jack Smith will return to the Supercars grid courtesy of a wildcard appearance at next weekend’s Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.

The Super2 driver made his solo Supercars debut with a wildcard outing at Tasmania in April and will again jump behind the wheel of an SCT Logistics backed Brad Jones Racing ZB Commodore.

At that round, Smith finished the pair of races in 23rd and 24th respectively but came in for criticism from drivers for his actions when being lapped. 

The 19-year-old will continue his engineering relationship with Paul Forgie for the Winton outing.

“I’m keen to be back behind the wheel of the ZB SCT Logistics Supercar next weekend at Winton. The wildcard experience at Tasmania was a huge weekend for me, with a lot of lessons taken away from that weekend,” said Smith.

“We had some really good pace in Tasmania, but a few critical errors lost us time during the race. 

“Moving forward we take those lessons learned from Tasmania and will aim to tick a few more boxes at Winton. 

“The SCT Logistics crew that run the car will be the same and I continue working with my engineer Paul Forgie; having that consistency will help too.

“With the Winton event running across two days I feel like there will be a little bit more intensity as you’re expected to do that little bit of extra running in quick succession. I think it will be a good thing, however, will make the weekend go quicker than usual.”

Smith joined the BJR team for the squad’s test day at Winton this week although the teenager was driving his Super2 Commodore. 

“Having a test day in the Super2 Commodore doesn’t give us any advantages going into the event,”  he added.

“It’s the test track for half the teams, so everyone knows it well enough and will probably trying a couple new things depending on what they’ve taken from the test day.

“I feel like we’ve got good pace and I really enjoy my time behind the wheel of the ZB. For me, minimising errors will help me stick with the pack better this time around, with the potential to get a better result. I’m keen to get the weekend underway.”

The Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint is scheduled for May 24-26 with Supercars only in action on the Saturday and Sunday.

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