Mark will be back
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