What is your role at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team?
No.1 mechanic on car #97 and tyre changer in the pit crew.
How long have you been part of the team?
I started in February 2016 as a mechanic for car #888. I then moved to car #97 at the start of the 2018 season.
What does a normal working day for you look like at the track, as well as back at the workshop?
At the track, I primarily work with the team on car #97. Every morning we warm the car up and do a systems check, then prepare the car to go out on track, consistently making changes throughout the practice sessions. We’ll then work with the engineers to set up the car for the race which depends on where we’re starting on the grid and repair any damage that’s caused during the race. I’m also a part of the pit crew and change the left-hand front wheel during our pit stops.
Back at the workshop after a race weekend, we unload the truck and start to prepare car #97 for the next race. The car gets stripped down, cleaned and everything gets checked. Any damage gets repaired, then we put it all back together in preparation for the next round. It normally takes 4-5 days to do all the work. The car then gets loaded back into the truck ready for the next event.
Where does your passion for motorsport and working within Supercars come from?
I’m not really sure to be honest. I’ve always been interested in cars or anything mechanical for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I was always pulling things apart to see how they worked. I loved watching motor racing too, but I wasn’t sure how to get involved.
At school, I fixed up an old Mini for my Year 12 project. When I finished school, I started my apprenticeship as a mechanic. A good mate of mine suggested I join the local car club and take my Mini hill climbing. He helped me prepare it for racing. After my first run, I was hooked – it was so much fun. I really enjoyed working on the car and trying to make it better.
I then got involved in drag racing which I really enjoyed and helped a team that run a top door slammer. I would leave work on a Friday night and drive three hours to the track. I’d stay there all weekend, drive back home Sunday night then be back at work on Monday morning. It was hard slog, but I think it helped prepare me for the job I do now.
What’s your favourite track on the Supercars calendar and why?
I would have to say Newcastle. It’s just a nice place to visit – right on the water and the racing is always good there.
What’s your favourite memory in motorsport?
Saturday’s race at Perth in 2016. It was a 1-2-3 finish for the team. Closely followed by Sydney Motorsport Park in 2018. It was the first night race for Supercars and was a pretty unique experience.
What would your advice be for someone interested in a career in Supercars?
Get involved in any form of motorsport, whether it be joining your local car club or volunteering your time. Don’t be afraid of hard work either. If it’s something you really want to do, you’ll make it happen.
Funniest thing you’ve seen on the road?
It’s difficult to single out one specific thing, but we always try to keep it fun.