Phillip Island test cut short for local Udy
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.