Ready for his second race of the series in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series and his face-off with the Mountain this weekend, we take the time to ask Pacific Hoists Race driver Brett Hobson 10 questions about the Bathurst track and his love of the V8 Supercars.
1. How long have you been racing for?
I started racing Go Karts back in 2001-2002 and from there I slowly moved into formula ford in 2004-2005, then into the V8 Supercars in 2006. I had a break from 2009 to 2013 so I have been racing for around 11 to 12 years.
2. Is this your first time at Bathurst?
No this is not my 1st Bathurst. My Bathurst debut was back in 2006 in an ex Steven Ellery BA Ford Falcon. I then also competed in 2007 & 2008 and in 2013 I made a comeback in an ex Jack Daniels racing VE commodore.
3. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling really good but still a little rusty. We had a test day at Winton in September which has helped build my confidence up with the car a lot as I haven’t had much seat time this year and this is only my second race of this years series.
4. What’s the biggest disadvantage of coming into the series late this year?
The biggest disadvantage is the lack of seat time. I’m still not 100% familiar with the car and the characteristics of it as in knowing how to get the most out of the car without doing too much damage along the way, while still trying to push the boundaries as much as I can.
5. How have you prepared for this race?
I have been working out at the gym as often as possible to prepare myself for the longer 250km race. I will be heading back to Bathurst this year 17 kilos lighter and a lot more fitter then what I was last year, so my preparation this year has been some very intense fitness work.
6. What do you think of the mini-enduro style race layout of this years Bathurst?
I think the mini-enduro should have happened a long time ago as this category really needed to step up and show why we should be known as the next best category to the main series and finally it’s happening with Bathurst.
7. What results are you expecting from this Bathurst race?
I don’t want to say as I might jinx myself! But put it this way, I’m going into this race with a very open mind and I will be giving it all I’ve got to get the car as far up the front as I can. So we will have to finish this question off after the weekend.
8. What’s the coolest thing about being involved in the Dunlop Series?
The coolest thing about this category would be the hard out, door-to-door racing that it produces. Regardless of if you’re racing for 1st or 21st position, everyone is racing for sheep stations and if you leave the door open anywhere while out on the race track there will be someone sitting there waiting to take that position off you straight away.
9. Who is your favourite driver in the main series?
Craig Lowndes by far!
10. And finally, Ford or Holden?
I’m a floater, I don’t dislike either but I will say I have both type of cars at home so it depends on who is wining on the days as to what way I swing.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is held on the 9th – 12th October 2014.
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