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before now. But, no, there’s no appeal there.
Continuity’s big for me and there are cer-
tainly other challenges involved in the sport,
but not to take another team – or be part
of taking another team – to the top. That
doesn’t interest me.
What about GT racing? It took a long
time to get you into one and then first
time out you win the Bathurst 12 Hour
in 2017. So have you become a fan of GT3
racing and do you want to do more?
The 12 Hour works well because it’s a good
event and I was happy to make a start there
last year with Maranello Motorsport and
then another opportunity came up this year
with Scott Taylor Motorsport. I don’t expect
an opportunity will come up every year but
I’ll be available as it works really well for
me. But I don’t have any interest in doing
overseas races during the year. Supercars is
enough outside my business activities.
So what about the ambition of racing
overseas? It seems that’s become very
small in the overall scheme of things for
Yeah, very small.
Why is that?
I have so much going on here. My life’s too
busy. It’s a little bit out of balance at the
moment. I’d love to spend a bit more time
with friends and family, but between my
business commitments and my motorsport
I’m very time poor. I can’t afford to do more
because there just isn’t enough time and I’m
already sacrificing friends and family time.
How long can that continue? You’ve
talked about the personal sacrifices that
were the cost of winning the champion-
ship again. So can you keep this up?
It’s what I want to do. If I don’t want to do
that, then I won’t do it. But for me, the sense
of achievement and doing good things with
a team of people, I put massive weight on
that and that’s what I want to do. The good
life will always be there. My career and my
achievements in motorsport, that won’t
always be there. And if anything, there’s
not a huge amount of time left, so I’m just
making the most of that now – which for
me, I think makes sense.
What do you see yourself doing when you
stop racing full-time in Supercars?
I see myself running a team. I want that
responsibility. I employ 40 staff at the
moment at the business, so I already run a
team of people. I really enjoy doing that and
I’d love to do that in motorsport. And I want
to be involved in motorsport until I’m 100,
so that’s a natural progression. I’m not going
to hang the helmet up in two or three years
and forget about motor sport. Motorsport’s
in my blood; I’ll be doing it forever.
I reckon that your relative struggle last
year to win the title transformed your
image with the fans. Did you notice that?
I didn’t notice that, no, because generally I
just have my head down, trying to do the
best job I can. As I see it, the best thing I
can do is go out there and drive that car
as hard as I can and just give it absolutely
everything I have at every opportunity. And
I think people who’ve paid to get in the gate
to watch a motorsport event appreciate
someone just absolutely giving it their all.
That’s what I appreciate when I go watch a
basketball game or go watch the cricket.
All the fans want to see is athletes just
giving it absolutely everything they have. So
in doing that, yeah, you do have the blinkers
on and you aren’t really aware of what’s
going on around the outside because you’re
just focused on your job. I would love to do
both but I’m not that smart, so no, I didn’t
notice more love from more of the fans.
You haven’t always received the credit
think you’ve been misunderstood.
Yeah, I think a lot of people think I’ve just
had the quickest car and somewhat done it
easy and anyone could jump in my car and
do the same job. But we certainly didn’t have
a faster car than anyone else last year.
And, also, you are a good bloke.
Oh, thanks, mate. Not everyone thinks that,
but I’m glad you do.
I’ve written often that I think you are a
much more interesting person than the
public perceives and, in my estimation,
last year there was a noticeable shift in
opinion because you were seen to have
had to work hard for the title.
Well, that’s good. The opposite is not a bad
thing. It’s not a bad thing being hated by the
doubters. I also don’t mind people appreciat-
ing what I do. Either way, I’ll go out and do
my job to the best of my ability.
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