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Friday, Aug 10 06:41pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Simulator experience aiding Brock Timperley’s own development

With a goal of getting to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Brock Timperley is doing what he can to make the dream a reality.

 

Part of achieving that goal is networking, experience, and the Aussie Driver Search.

 

The competition is a nationwide incentive to find Australia’s best racing drivers. The search was this year opened to New Zealand competitors. An evaluation day was supposed to take place at Pukekohe Park, however, that event was unexpectedly cancelled by the organisers.

 

Since then some Kiwi drivers, including Timperley, have confirmed they’ll attend the September 20 round at Phillip Island.

 

Already the BNT V8s driver is doing what he can to be as prepared as possible.

 

The 24-year-old recently returned from a trip to Australia where he spent time with McElrea Racing on their MotionForce1 Simulator—valued at over $100,000. There he had one-on-one training with experienced engineer Campbell Little driving a Supercar around Phillip Island where he’ll compete.

 

Simulator

 

Following the simulation stint Timperley was invited to join Little and the Tekno Autosport crew at Queensland Raceway.

 

For the prospective Supercar development driver, he said the time with the team was second to none.

 

“That was a really cool experience,” Timperley told velocitynews.co.nz.

 

“I was able to stand there; watch how the team operates and watch how the drivers prepared before their sessions.

 

“I was able to have a look at the data and be able to compare it to mine from the simulator, which was really cool. That put everything into perspective of what Campbell had taught me earlier on the simulator and putting it into practice in the pits there.

 

“Now I can bring that back home and practice that as much as I can here before going back over to Australia.

 

“It’s a pretty huge prize if I win it. The trip was all about just trying to give me the best shot.”

 

Timperley will head back to Australia in September where he’ll partake in the Pro-Competition.

 

BNT V8s

 

The search has five opportunities, the lowest being the Rookie Competition to the Amateur Competition, GT Competition, Semi-Pro Competition and the highest level Pro Competition.

 

Timperley is aiming for the top. Winning the Pro Competition would earn him a fully funded drive in the Dunlop Super2 Series worth $600,000.

 

That would put him in the box seat towards that next step of getting on the Supercars grid. While the Aussie Driver Search is only one element of his short term aspirations, long term he’s forging relationships that he hopes will help him get to where he wants to be.

 

Timperley got to spend some time with McElrea Racing team owner Andy McElrea too during his time in Queensland.

 

If the Supercars door doesn’t open Timperley said he’s confident he can find opportunities elsewhere, which could see him racing in Australia with McElrea.  

 

“It was awesome to meet Andy McElrea as well. He was so welcoming, asked me about my experiences and where I want to go and was genuinely interested in my background and my history with John McIntyre.

 

“Supercars is quite a challenge to get to. There’s potentially other pathways I’m looking at that possibly like Andy could help me with in the future. It’s good to gain more contacts over there.

 

Timperley is fortunate to have the support of New Zealand motor racing stalwart John McIntyre. The pair have been working together during Timperley’s Class Two BNT V8s campaign.

 

Pits

 

Timperley said McIntyre’s knowledge and knowhow have helped him immensely with his ambitions.

 

“For me I’m quite lucky I’ve got John on-board as my manager now. He’s got me under his wing and is showing me the way. He’s finding areas that I can pursue in different categories or cars.

 

“Up until this point we’ve purchased and raced our own car, so now we’re at the point where we’re finding drives as opposed to getting our own car out of the garage.

 

“We’ve got a few ideas on the table.”

 

Timperley will compete in the opening round of the BNT V8s again this season in Class Two at Pukekohe Park. That’ll give him another opportunity to show the Supercars grid what he’s made of at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

 

Last year he finished runner up in class behind eventual champion Liam MacDonald by just under 50 points. 

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