Single Focus for Jesus Racing
It will be the first time in 10 years that Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher will not race a V8 Ute at the Clipsal 500 event. Fishtail and the team has made the decision to focus on the continuing development of their Touring Car Masters XY GTHO. It was a difficult decision as it is the circuit that has bought the most race wins for the team in the V8 Ute Series.
Fishtail said, “It was a tough call but with the amount of work we have done over the off season and with the new build XYGT, known as Abigail, coming on line in the near future we felt it was the right decision.”
Having been forced to end their 2015 season early due to engine dramas, the first task during the off-season was to fix this issue. With new parts fitted the team headed to Winton for their first test day of the year. Unfortunately, there were still a few problems with the engine and the team had to rush to the engine builder last week in order to try and get on top of these issues.
“It has been frustrating for sure but with the help of Brad Tilley and the Jesus Racing mechanics we are hoping we have found the source of the problem and will hopefully be able to put the engine drama’s behind us,” said Fisher.
On the brighter note, the team worked hard on finding a set up window so as to improve the handling of their XY GTHO and while the track time was limited, the team felt happy with the progress made.
The team will be heading into the opening Clipsal 500 event hoping the engine holds together and that the set up gains result in improved lap times.
Practice 1 and 2 will be held on Thursday, followed by Qualifying and racing throughout the remainder of the weekend.
For updates across the weekend, check out the Jesus Racing Team Facebook page.