He’s spent recent months enjoying fine Italian automotive engineering, but Dylan O’Keeffe is looking forward to escaping to the tropics in an Aussie V8 for Round 3 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at this weekend’s Watpac Townsville 400.
O’Keeffe has established himself as one of the main title contenders in the new TCR Australia Series, winning a couple of races aboard his Alfa Romeo Guilietta. However, the 21-year-old says he’s looking forward to being back behind the wheel of his Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore Supercar.
“The TCR program has been a lot of fun and it’s been successful so far, but there’s still nothing that matches the power, sound and sheer grunt of the Supercar,” O’Keeffe said.
“We had a test day at Winton last week, and it reminded me just how much I love the raw sensation of driving it.”
In the opening two rounds of the Super2 Series, O’Keeffe has recorded strong results and heads to Townsville as the highest-placed rookie in the standings. He said the test day was a valuable opportunity to explore the effects of car setup changes, while fine-tuning several areas of his driving technique.
“The test day was very productive – we came into the day with a list of objectives, and we managed to tick them all off,” O’Keeffe said.
“One of the main things I wanted to understand was the best way to prepare a new set of tyres for a qualifying run, because that was something that held us back during the last round in Perth.
“We did a couple of qualifying simulations and we definitely made progress, so hopefully I can put those developments into place this weekend. Like Perth, there are two qualifying sessions, so nailing our one-lap setup will be just as important as coming up with a good race package.”
This weekend’s Super2 round commences with practice on Friday, followed by qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday.
Dunlop Super2 Series – Round 3 Schedule
Friday, 5 July
10:00 – Practice 1 (40 min)
12:50 – Practice 2 (40 min)
Saturday, 6 July
9:25 – Race 1 Qualifying (15 min)
13:45 – Race 1 (21 laps)
Sunday, 7 July
10:05 – Race 2 Qualifying (15 min)
13:45 – Race 2 (21 laps)