Phillip Is­land test cut short for lo­cal Udy

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

IT DIDN’T go ac­cord­ing to plan, but an op­ti­mistic Wayne Udy said he learnt plenty from round two of the Aus­tralian GT se­ries at Phillip Is­land on the week­end.

Udy drove with Ben Foessel and the Mo­tor School rac­ing team but his stint in the driver’s seat lasted four laps in qual­i­fy­ing, with his V8 Ginetta G50Z suf­fer­ing a “cat­a­strophic gear­box fail­ure”.

Although he had his race cut short, Udy took plenty of pos­i­tives from the brief stint.

“I didn’t get much of a han­dle of the car be­cause there was too many red flags and it was hard to get any pace out of the car,” he said.

“But I still man­aged to match Ben’s time, so to do that is pretty good for me.

“It proved to the team that I’m good enough and that I de­serve my spot.”

Udy was a late call-up to drive for the Mo­tor School team and will now turn his at­ten­tion to round three of the Aus­tralian GT se­ries, which will be held in Townsville.

The July race was al­ways Udy’s tar­get, but now he can pre­pare with con­fi­dence hav­ing been in the thick of the ac­tion.

“It was good to meet all the driv­ers and be among all those cars for the next race in Townsville... you don’t see too many Fer­raris ev­ery day,” he said.

“The Ginetta was a very dif­fer­ent car to drive com­pared to my Porsche and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing in it again for Townsville.

“I’m com­fort­able in my car and I’ve done a fair bit of sim­u­la­tion.

“I’ll do what­ever I can do lo­cally to pre­pare but I was glad to put in a good lap.”

Udy will drive his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car in Townsville for round three of the Aus­tralian GT se­ries.

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