Mark will be back

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - Craig Lown­des

WITH all these swim­mers mak­ing a come­back, I’d like to see Mark Skaife make a come­back to V8 Su­per­car rac­ing.

I’ve al­ways said he re­tired way too early.

He still has the abil­ity, the speed and at­ten­tion to de­tail and is great with car set-up.

That’s why we’re pair­ing up again this year for the en­duros.

He’s com­fort­able now with his sit­u­a­tion and his me­dia ca­reer, but he still loves driv­ing in good cars, so he has said he will con­tinue to We’re hop­ing there will be a lot more op­por­tu­nity for him to get be­hind the wheel and keep his mind sharp and his skills up com­pete in the en­duros, just so long as it’s in a com­pet­i­tive car and with a com­pet­i­tive team.

He didn’t get a drive at Abu Dhabi, but we’re hop­ing he will be at our next test day and there will be a lot more op­por­tu­nity for him dur­ing the year to get be­hind the wheel of our car and keep his mind sharp and his skills up.

We are in a five-week break be­tween Abu Dhabi and our next race in Ade­laide, so there is plenty of time for teams to fix the car­nage from Abu Dhabi.

My car copped a bit of dam­age, but not a lot, from when I ran into the back of Rus­sell In­gall’s car.

It was my fault and I apol­o­gised and now our teams need to get in and straighten it all out.

This week­end, I’m in Mel­bourne for the open­ing round of the World Su­per­bikes at Phillip Is­land as a guest of Suzuki. Hope­fully, vet­eran Aussie Troy Corser can get up there on the top of the podium for the Aussies and fi­nally do it for the BMW team.

They had good bike speed to­wards the end of last year’s sea­son, so let’s hope they can con­tinue this sea­son.

I saw Troy and his team at East­ern Creek the day be­fore our V8 Su­per­car pub­lic test day last month.

To see him lap­ping the Creek on that bike was im­pres­sive.

It was also in­ter­est­ing to see Troy do some starts and lis­ten to all the elec­tronic aids at work to help launch the bike and con­trol wheel­ies. It sounded just like an F1 car.

Our next team out­ing is one of our al­lo­cated test days.

So we’ll be out at Queens­land Raceway next Thurs­day tin­ker­ing around with a few things, but noth­ing ma­jor.

It will be good to break up the down time be­tween the first two rounds and keep my­self and the car in tune.

Other than that, I’ve got no ma­jor plans for the long break other than catch­ing up with the fam­ily, the team and some much-needed farm work af­ter a sum­mer of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Tak­ing the foot off the gas: Mark Skaife and Craig Lown­des show off the Peter Brock Tro­phy, the day af­ter they won the 2010 Bathurst 1000, as they re­lax at Cir­cu­lar Quay in Syd­ney. Pic­ture: MARK HORS­BURGH

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