Jett Johnson hoping to breakthrough on home turf
For third generation racer Jett Johnson, Queensland Raceway marks the first Turtle Wax Trans Am Series circuit he has had prior experience at.
Son of Steven and grandson of touring car legend Dick, Johnson enters his home event with confidence following a test at the venue last week where he reacquainted himself with the NAPA Auto Parts Ford Mustang.
As national racing returns to full-strength, this will be the first time SpeedSeries will race at the Ipswich-based circuit and Johnson is excited to race in front of his supporters, including family.
It means his meticulous study of circuits isn’t required.
“The biggest thing is doing your research before you arrive at the circuit by watching old footage back from other drivers, jumping on the simulator and getting mileage,” Johnson explained regarding his circuit learning regime.
“Once you get to the circuit, I complete a track walk with my engineer where we discuss in-depth the dos and don’ts, plus we look at the angles of each corner in regards to the camber levels.
“You have to do your homework before you get to the track, but also the study continues when you first arrive before the opening practice session and so when you hit the track it makes life a bit easier.”
Reflecting on his first season in Turtle Wax Trans Am, Johnson is determined to continue his development as he improves at every meeting.
“Every round we go out we see one or another we’re taking step forwards,” Johnson stated.
“I probably went into this season with quite high expectations in Trans Am, but is just so competitive and every round you’re having to work your bum off to find every little tenth just to try to get the better of the other competitors.”
The next round at the historic Sandown Raceway positioned within Melbourne’s metropolitan area provides Johnson an exciting opportunity to race at a circuit his family enjoyed past successes at.
“Sandown is probably the circuit I’m most looking forward to going to,” he explained.
“On paper, it doesn’t look that exciting a layout, but from the footage I’ve watched it looks unreal. From talking to dad and grandad, they love the place, so I’m pretty excited to race there.”
The SpeedSeries at Queensland Raceway will feature seven racing categories and 12 hours of live and ad-break free coverage on Stan Sport across Saturday and Sunday.
The coverage will be broadcast on Stan Sport between 11am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
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