Golding isn’t intimidated by the sudden return of Supercars
James Golding is fearless ahead of his sudden return to the Repco Supercars Championship field in the NTI Townsville 500 which starts today.
The 26-year-old has taken over the PremiAir Racing seat which became vacant when team owner Peter Xiberras dumped Garry Jacobson after last month’s Merlin Darwin Triple Crown.
In a deal reached in less than three weeks, Golding will pilot the Subway-backed ZB Commodore for the final seven events of the season, when his only start of the year was set to be another as Team 18 co-driver. in the Repco Bathurst 1000.
However, he takes it all in his stride.
“It took a little while to figure it out, but now we’re here and it’s all happening, it kind of feels natural to me, I feel like I’m back where I used to be. be, so it’s not too intimidating or anything like that,” Golding told Speedcafe.com.
“I just can’t wait to get in the car and see what it looks like out of the box, and settle back in.
“Obviously new team, so get used to working with them and see how we can progress.”
Golding only has the 2020 and 2021 Bathurst 1000 under his belt since Garry Rogers Motorsport quit Supercars at the end of 2019, as far as that class goes, but he raced a high-powered rear-drive V8 in the S5000 Australian Drivers Championship in the meantime.
As such, he feels fit ahead of his return to touring car competition.
“I’m definitely fit for racing, having driven the S5000s,” said the Victorian.
“It kept me sharp and fit. They’re pretty tough cars to drive and I went through all my training and stuff, so that’s definitely not a concern for me.
“It’s just about getting used to the car, what’s below me, and just getting in to see where we fit in.”
Helping Golding’s cause will be the familiarity of the PremiAir equipment given that, like Team 18, is a customer of Triple Eight Race Engineering.
“I think the main characteristics of the car are going to be quite similar,” he remarked.
“It’s nice to be able to go from one Triple Eight car to another, because all the buttons are in the same place, the roll bars and everything oscillates the same way, so it’s not too much getting used to. .
“It’s just about getting all the finer details and doing the overall job of driving and that’s really the main thing.”
Practice 1 at the NTI Townsville 500 begins today at 10:10 a.m. local time/AEST.