Breakthrough result for Lachlan Mineeff at the Island
Achieving his best Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series qualifying result and a subsequent top 10 finish at Phillip Island has Lachlan Mineeff excited for the rest of the season.
Although his weekend didn’t finish the way he may have wanted, Mineeff’s efforts in qualifying and Race 1 provided a glimpse of potential for his Purple Sector Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.
“There are obviously a lot of positives that we can take away from the weekend,” Mineeff said.
“We achieved our best result in qualifying and it was very good to convert that into eighth in Race 1.
“We had some trouble on Sunday, but there are definitely some positives to go by and the car speed was certainly there when it mattered.”
Returning to the same circuit he made his debut at last year, Mineeff’s results display the strides taken by his small privateer team, albeit he admits there is plenty of work to go.
“We’re probably not at the level to challenge for race wins or titles at the moment, we’re just happy to go race-by-race and learn as much as we can,” Mineeff admitted.
“At the end of last year, we were looking at achieving consistent top 10s and it’s hard to be disappointed with an eighth. We’re really happy with that, it’s a great result for us and we’re keen to keep pushing to see where we can get the Golf up to.”
A strong end to his season at Bathurst and a return to Sydney Motorsport Park where the team completes all of its testing make up the next two rounds of this year’s Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series bodes well for Mineeff.
“Sydney Motorsport Park is definitely going to be a positive for our season,” said Mineeff.
“At Bathurst we had some really good results a lot through fortune, so hopefully if we can have a smooth run there.
“If we can keep developing at Bathurst and really focus on Sydney because I think that will really help the Golf.
“We’ll be able to have a good crack from there.”
After expanding to two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs at Bathurst for the final round last year, Mineeff still harbours this ambition and results achieved like those at Phillip Island demonstrate the team’s capabilities.
“We’re always looking at options and we always keep our eyes open to do what makes best sense for the team,” said Mineeff.
“We are certainly aiming to go to two-entries, we need to make sure we’re on top of one then there’s no reason we can’t run another later in the year.”
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