IT’S all happening at Nissan Motorsport in the lead-up to this weekend’s V8 Supercars round at Winton Motor Raceway.
The team had a fruitful test day at the circuit last week, team driver James Moffat has signed a multi-year agreement with the team and young gun Michael Caruso and his wife Danni are parents for the first time.
Between them, Moffat and Caruso logged more than 600 kilometres of testing last week.
“I’m feeling good about Winton,” Moffat, who sits 15th in the championship, said.
“It’s our home test track, so we go there with a little bit more confidence in what the car should do.
“We didn’t have a raft of new components to test but certainly on paper, Winton should be one of the tracks that least affects us with some of the deficiencies we’re trying to overcome in our new cars.
“If we get everything together at the weekend, I’d like to think that we can get into the top 10.
“This championship is so competitive that you have to have everything right and be on top of your game the whole weekend.
“We’ll certainly be giving it our best shot.”
This is the first time since 1992 a Nissan has competed in top-level racing at Winton.
Mark Skaife was the round winner then driving a Skyline R32-GTR.
This weekend Nissan Motorsport lines up with four Altima V8s, the two Norton-sponsored cars to be driven by Moffat and Caruso, with team owners Rick and Todd Kelly driving the Jack Daniel’s cars.
While Winton might be suited to the Nissans on paper, Rick Kelly is tentative to suggest a result at this weekend’s event, given the unpredictability of the 2013 season.
“Tight and twisty Winton favours a car that handles well, not the one with the most power,” Kelly said.
“We’re approaching the round from a neutral stand point, we know where the car is strong and weak and we’re trying to maximise everything we can to get the best result.
“Testing last week was important, to have some free time at a race track, where we could ... try different things from a set-up point of view, and also from a driving technique point of view.”
Winton action begins on Friday with three practice sessions. Saturday will see qualifying, followed by another 60/60 Super Sprint.
Sunday’s action will feature two qualifying sessions and two 100-kilometre races.