Long wait over, rookie driver fired up for Car­rera Cup

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

SIX long weeks have passed since the last round of the Porsche Car­rera Cup and se­ries rookie Richard Muscat is ex­cited to end the wait­ing game at the Townsville 400 this week­end.

The 22- year- old was crowned cham­pion of fel­low sup­port cat­e­gory the Aus­tralian GT Cham­pi­onship last sea­son be­fore mak­ing the move to pi­lot the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for BRM Rac­ing.

Muscat and his fel­low Car­rera Cup driv­ers haven’t been in ac­tion since round three of the V8 Su­per­cars at Phillip Is­land in late May and the Mel­bourne prod­uct was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on track.

“You def­i­nitely don’t want to re­lax too much be­tween races so I’ve been do­ing bit of kart­ing as well as train­ing in the gym and some sim­u­la­tor work,” Muscat ( right) said.

“All you can do is try to pre­pare your­self as much as pos­si­ble for the race and it’s al­ways great to come up to the warm Townsville weather in the mid­dle of the July.”

This week­end’s sched­ule will con­sist of three 20- lap races across Satur­day and Sun­day for the Car­rera Cup, and af­ter a third place in the last race at Phillip Is­land, Muscat feels like he and his team are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“We are get­ting closer to where we need to be and I’m hop­ing to re­ally be con­tend­ing for race wins and podi­ums ev­ery race as the sea­son goes on,” Muscat said.

“I raced in Townsville last year with Ere­bus Motorsport in the Aus­tralian GT Se­ries and I re­ally like the Reid Park cir­cuit.

“It’s a real driver’s track, you can at­tack it and get re­ally close to the walls and the hy­brid of street cir­cuit and per­ma­nent track works quite well.”

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