As the Extreme Festival continues to heat up, all eyes are on Andrew Rackstraw as he prepares to make a strong comeback in Round 4 of the Global Touring Car Championship.
After a challenging weekend at Zwartkops Raceway that resulted in double DNFs, Rackstraw currently sits in fifth place in the championship standings with 41 points. However, he and his team are determined to overcome the setbacks and reclaim their position among the front-runners at the upcoming race at the Aldo Scribante circuit in Gqeberha.
The Global Touring Car Championship has been nothing short of intense in 2023, with fierce battles on the track and unpredictable outcomes. Rackstraw’s double DNF in the previous round was a major blow, but he remains resilient and focused on turning things around in the championship.
Reflecting on the previous race, Rackstraw said, “It was a tough weekend for us, but we’ve put it behind us and are ready to move forward. We know what we’re capable of, and our goal is to get back to winning ways.”
Since the disappointing outing at Zwartkops, Rackstraw’s team has been working tirelessly to address the ongoing issues that plagued the car. In a recent testing session on Monday, they were able to identify some positive signs, although boost issues persisted. To ensure optimal performance for the upcoming race, the team has decided to replace the turbo, aiming to eliminate any potential setbacks caused by the boost problems.
“The team has done an incredible job in resolving the issues we faced at Zwartkops,” Rackstraw acknowledged. “Replacing the turbo is a proactive step to ensure that we have a competitive and reliable car for the upcoming race. We’re confident that this adjustment, combined with our ongoing preparations, will put us in a strong position.”
The Aldo Scribante circuit in Gqeberha is known for its demanding nature, providing an exhilarating challenge for drivers. With its mix of high-speed straights and technical sections, the circuit offers numerous opportunities for overtaking and close racing. If the weather remains cooperative, fans can expect an outstanding day of thrilling racing action.
Rackstraw’s eagerness to get back on the track is palpable, as he was forced to watch his competitors from the sidelines last time out. The frustration of not being able to showcase his skills and fight for valuable championship points has only fueled his determination to make a statement in Round 4.
“I can’t wait to be back in the car and competing again,” Rackstraw expressed. “It’s been difficult to watch from the sidelines, but I’ve used this time to refocus and strengthen my resolve. The championship is far from over, and I’m determined to make a comeback and demonstrate our true potential.”
As Rackstraw prepares for the upcoming race, he acknowledges the importance of teamwork and the support of his sponsors. The collective effort of his team, led by Lee Thompson Racing, has been instrumental in resolving the car’s issues and ensuring that Rackstraw has a competitive machine beneath him.
“I’m grateful for the unwavering support of my team and sponsors,” Rackstraw emphasized. “Their dedication and belief in our abilities have been instrumental in keeping our spirits high. Together, we are a strong unit, and we’re ready to face the challenges that lie ahead.”
With the stage set for an exhilarating weekend of racing, Rackstraw and his team are primed to seize the opportunity to bounce back at the Aldo Scribante circuit. Their meticulous preparations and determination to overcome setbacks will undoubtedly make them a force to be reckoned with in Round 4 of the Global Touring Car Championship.
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