27 September 2022 | General

Jon McCorkindale delighted to finish as lead rookie

Dial Before You Dig’s Jon McCorkindale has ensured he enters the 2023 season on a high after finishing as the unofficial lead rookie in the standings.

It was a frantic start to the season at AWC Race Tasmania for McCorkindale as he took delivery of his Ford Mustang just weeks prior before his son was born just before the opening round.

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Continually improvement throughout the season ensured McCorkindale finished inside the top five of the standings, but has left the driver from rural New South Wales wanting more.

“To be honest I’ve been bloody disappointed, but that’s probably my own expectations more than anything,” he said.

“If you look at the guys that are behind me, the perspective isn’t too bad, but personally I would’ve liked to have been up the front a little bit more.

“Tassie was such a whirlwind start to the season as we had just bought the car a matter of weeks before and my son was born just prior, so there was no prep work to hit the ground running.

“We’ve done no testing all year, compared to Garry Rogers Motorsport which did two-days prior to Queensland Raceway alone in addition to Phillip Island, so in regards to what we’ve done this year with limited time it’s been pretty good.”

Although McCorkindale is working towards putting his 2023 campaign together, he is already excited for what the season will bring and hasn’t ruled out a change of structure for his team in the future.

“There are guys in background that have taken this year to test to come out and hit the ground running next year,” McCorkindale explained.

“For me, in the ideal scenario I’d like to team up with another individual in Trans Am to pool our resources together.

“In the bigger picture I think that would be the best thing for us to do.”

McCorkindale led young guns Cody Burcher, Lochie Dalton and Jett Johnson to take the unofficial rookie competition of which he was delighted to achieve.

“When you think about it, Cody Burcher from Formula Ford and Lochie Dalton with both having an alliance with GRM, but for us to do it on our own and come out on top, I’m pretty happy,” he concluded.

Turtle Wax Trans Am forms part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International program in a non-series capacity on November 11-13.