Cooper Murray – Winton Preview

I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of my Porsche GT3 Cup ahead of this weekend at Winton! It’s been a long few weeks and I’ve been keeping busy in the break; from working, visiting the factory at Ashley Seward Motorsport, as well as keeping up with my training.

This weekend’s format will see a 35-lap endurance race on Saturday, which will complete the three-race endurance mini-series; where the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy will be awarded. I have taken out the previous two endurance races (at The Bend and Queensland Raceway) and I will be charging hard to do the same this weekend in hope of taking out the Endurance Trophy.

After Race 1, my attention will be back to the title series, with two 12-lap races on the Sunday. I’m currently leading the Championship Series and with this in mind, I’ve made sure to be consistent with my training, from physical work outs, 100km on the bike a week as well as mentally preparing and re-visiting the track via on-board footage.

We would almost consider it a home track and it’s great that I’ve raced there previously and had great results; so I’m hoping I can do the same this weekend. My goal at Winton this weekend is to be consistent and bag as many points as I can. This round will truly set up the last round in Sydney, so it’s important that I stay focused, set the car up during practice and qualify strong.

I really enjoy this track, although it’s one of the ‘older’ tracks, I would consider it to be one of the most challenging in Australia, as it throws everything at you. From fast flowing corners, to tight corners, as well as the long straight – it has it all.

A huge thanks to the crew at Ashley Seward Motorsport in preparing my car ahead of this weekend – they have done a mega job and I can’t thank them enough.

We kick off for practice Friday 31st August, 12.10pm!

Hope to see you at the track.

Coops!