Jett Johnson aiming for Bathurst debut
Third-generation racer Jett Johnson is poised to make his National Trans Am Series debut at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.
Johnson earlier this year contested the Tin Tops category at Townsville, while has tested and competed recently as he aims to make his national competition debut at the Mountain in November according to father Steve.
“Yeah, he will be,” Johnson told the Parked Up podcast.
“We’re definitely trying to do that (Supercheap Auto Bathurst International); we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that it is going to happen.
“That’s the plan, we’d love to take him to Challenge Bathurst for basically a practice weekend in the Trans Am then the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International for the Trans Am event.
“That will be pretty much his initiation to the Trans Am class.”
The event at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International marks the maiden running of the Trans Am 100, headlined by a 16-lap (100km) finale.
Johnson has been impressed by Jett’s progress, who is working together with the experienced Paul Forgie and believes the National Trans Am Series provides the next step of his career.
“It’s surprised a lot of us,” Johnson remarked.
“It’s surprised myself, dad and a lot of the guys around the motorsport community because he’s only really done a handful of Excel races. That in itself has given us a lot of confidence now in wanting him to move forward and go harder with the top level guys, basically developing what he’s got.
“I was quite nervous putting him in the Trans Am car so early, but he’s handled it really, really well.”
“I think he’s nearly ready to go to the ARG events and race in Trans Am. He needs to go up against Seton, Herne, Grice and Owen Kelly because that’s where he’s going to learn to improve himself, but also to learn more as a race driver.”
The next round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on October 15-17.