Lachlan Mineeff bullish after first Audi test
Supercheap Auto TCR Australia privateer Lachlan Mineeff is confident of stronger results after completed his first test in the new Purple Sector Audi RS3 LMS TCR backed by Forza Brakes Motorsport at Queensland Raceway yesterday
Following on from his announcement revealing his move to Audi from his reliable Volkswagen Golf GTI, Mineeff experienced a trouble-free day testing alongside a couple of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia rivals at the same venue, which hosts the fifth round of the series on August 5-7.
Mineeff was quick to discover a key advantage in the Audi compared to the Volkswagen.
“It was the first time we’ve driven it, so it was really good to get a run in it,” Mineeff said.
“The differences are the hatch configuration and the sedan. You notice that the aerodynamics are a little bit different in the fact that the wing and the boot have a lot of influence on the handling of the car. I found the wing provides a lot more downforce than the hatch, so that’s been good to learn.
“The Volkswagen was a great baseline, but the Audi gives us a few more tools to use.”
Also testing was Audi Sport’s Australian distributor Melbourne Performance Centre, which Mineeff paid credit to for aiding in his Supercheap Auto TCR Australia campaign.
“Since day one, MPC has been great assisting our Purple Sector team in providing anything we might need,” Mineeff emphasised.
“It was great to get a reference on where we’re at in terms of lap time. It’s good, I think we’re there or thereabouts, but we’ll find out next week.
Also providing assistance was the team at Forza Brakes Motorsport, which will support Mineeff and Purple Sector for the remaining rounds.
“It was great to have the Forza Brakes Motorsport team up there,” Mineeff said.
“It’s a home race at Queensland Raceway, being based in Brisbane and we want to make sure we get off on the right foot to get a good a result there.”
Mineeff is bullish about his chances at Queensland Raceway next month after the test and is eager to improve on his results this season.
“At the start of the year we tested at Queensland Raceway in the Volkswagen and it was good to test there again to get a reference between the two, which has given us confidence ahead of the TCR Australia round next week,” he concluded.
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