Work during the mid-season break to benefit Luke King’s on-track performance
A late entry into this year’s Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series has led Luke King into working harder to ensure he maximises the remaining rounds of the season.
During the mid-season break, which ends this weekend at Queensland Raceway, King has worked to make sure he’s in the optimum condition in a bid to gain any advantage possible.
“The fact of the matter is we came into the series quite late and I feel like we’ve behind the eight ball in terms of getting to know the car as well as set-up, plus what we need to do in regards to development, so I had a look at what I could possibly do,” King explained.
“Back when I was racing Formula Ford, I last focused on weight because you have to squeeze into those things. Since then, weight in 86 Series wasn’t so critically and even in TCR I was quite happy driving around at the weight that I was, but we had a look at it.
“I said to myself, ‘if I can lose a bit of weight and not lose performance’ than that would be something I could do to try and help the team.
“With my trainer Greg from Alpha Performance Centre we put together an eight week program, which was basically a weight cut and I’ve watched a whole heap of it fall off.
“It’s probably been a combination of muscle and a bit of cushioning around, but eight weeks later I’ve lost 7kg.”
Needing to adhere to a strict regime also had benefits when it came to King’s mindfulness ahead of a big second half of the season to follow.
“The discipline associated with running such a program has aided my mindfulness as has the Wim Hof cold water therapy and doing a lot of breathing exercises in the morning has been really good for me,” King revealed.
This type of dedication off track combined with a promising round at Sydney Motorsport Park leave King confident of a good display up north.
“I was genuinely happy with the pace of our car,” he recalled.
“There were a few bits that we lacked that I could visually see and I think we know what it is so that’s why I’m keen to get to Queensland Raceway because in Sydney we were one of the fastest cars through Turn 1.
“I felt really comfortable and it’s just matter of stopping the thing in addition to getting off the hairpins well, but I think we’ll be fast.”
Although this will mark King’s racing debut at Queensland Raceway, he previously tested the then-Liam McAdam driven Audi and Lachlan Mineeff’s Volkswagen at the venue earlier in the year, but has also used his Trak Racer Simulator to aid in his preparation.
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