9 March 2022 | General

Pretty in pink, McCorkindale’s frantic build up

Having a baby, then going racing don’t generally go together, but this was part of the build up for Turtle Wax Trans Am Series rookie Jon McCorkindale.

Transitioning from Super2 to Turtle Wax Trans Am Series during the off-season, January was a frantic time as his partner gave birth, he received the Dial Before You Dig Ford Mustang, tested and headed to Tasmania for the opening round in a matter of weeks.

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Progressive improvement across the AWC Race Tasmania event has McCorkindale confident of a strong result at Phillip Island.

“I enjoyed the racing, I probably passed more cars that weekend than I had done in three years previous,” McCorkindale said.

“The braking zones are so much longer and people either look after their brakes or don’t, so you can pass a lot easier, which is something I enjoyed.

“We’ve learnt a lot of things, we sent our shocks to get rebuilt and all these little upgrades, so I feel even without any testing coming into Phillip Island we’re 10 times better prepared than Tasmania.”

McCorkindale emphasised his whirlwind lead since leaving Bathurst last year.

“We worked out it was eight weeks from leaving Bathurst in Super2 to selling and buying, as well as prepping, having a baby, then landing in Tasmania,” he explained.

“It hasn’t been the most ideal start to year in regards to preparation and it’s something that has probably annoyed me, because we pride ourselves on that.”

Before Phillip Island, a new shade of pink features on McCorkindale’s Dial Before You Dig entry and it already has a fan, who wants it extended to the race suit as well.

“Pretty pink,” McCorkindale remarked.

“It’s going to look good and pretty bright. My daughter loves it, she’s given it the tick of approval. All she reckons I need is to get rid of my green suit and replace it with pink, so that will be the next thing on the list.

The second round of Turtle Wax Trans Am will be part of the opening Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships event of the season at Phillip Island on March 18-20.

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Anyone wishing to attend the event is reminded tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate. Tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite prior to entry. Purchasing your tickets in advance will save you time at the gate.