After a positive event last time out in the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Series, Scott MacLean and team will be aiming to consolidate their gains at the Westernationals in Perth this Saturday and Sunday.
While he scored a runner up at the Goldenstates just a few weeks ago, MacLean knows that a team can easily lose its way in the Top Doorslammer bracket by venturing too far from what they know.
“We’re not out there chasing a championship, we are still lapping what is a new car,” he said. “It’s done 21 passes now and is still in the development stage.
“We have a great base to work from following the Goldenstates so for the Westernationals it will be about sneaking up on it. It’s small steps each time.”
MacLean said the team achieved many of the goals he had set for the Goldenstates, with a combination of quick ETs and reaction times, including a perfect .000, getting them to the final round.
With 16 cars entered for the Westernationals, the largest field of the season so far, MacLean is aware that even qualifying into the eight car race day field will be an achievement.
“There’s a lot of attention on the guys at the top but the truth is there are tough cars the whole way through the field,” he said. “You don’t want to underestimate any of these guys.”
Crew chief Steve Packman has been working closely with Darren Mayer of DMPE on the tune up for the MacLean Motorsport Holden Monaro and said they will be concentrating on getting the top of first gear right.
“We had some tyre shake even on our good runs right at the end of first gear so there are a couple of little things we can clean up,” he said. “We will look at the timing and the fuel system and if we can get a clean run we should be able to improve on the 5.78 personal best Scott ran at the Goldenstates.
“The weather forecast is looking good right now and we should get the right mix of track temp and cool nights which means quick runs.”
The Westernationals begins this Saturday at Perth Motorplex with the first Top Doorslammer qualifying session from 6pm.