Jake Kostecki had to sit back and watch as a quarter of the field capitalised on new mixed tyres rules to record career-best finishes at the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint last month.
Jack Le Brocq took his first win; Todd Hazelwood his first podium; Macauley Jones, Jack Smith and Kostecki’s Matt Stone Racing teammates Garry Jacobson and Zane Goddard all secured maiden top 10 solo results.
Kostecki will be back behind the wheel of the #34 Holden he shares with Goddard at the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown this weekend, where both tyre compounds will again be in play.
The 20-year-old is not wholly relying on that factor, though.
“I’m not really about that,” he told Supercars.com.
“I’m not too fussed, I would rather have a fast car in all the races than just finish last in two and jag a result in the third.
“I’m more about getting the speed in the car and hopefully we can actually qualify in the middle of the field as well and be able to race there in the other two races.
“It’s definitely going to be a bonus if I do get a good result because of the tyres but hopefully we have a fast car the whole weekend and have a good package to fight with.”