Nissan Motorsport wants to improve the way it prepares for events in the first half of the 2018 Supercars season, after not looking at development and "bigger picture enough" this year.
The four-car Altima squad ultimately finished with Michael Caruso its best driver in the 2017 standings in 13th, just ahead of co-owner Rick Kelly, with Todd Kelly 18th and rookie Simona De Silvestro 24th.
After seven of the year’s 14 championship events - at the conclusion of the Townsville round - Rick Kelly was the highest-placed Nissan in 16th.
Kelly missed the second Symmons Plains race after his Sengled-backed entry was written off in the previous day’s melee, but had finished in the top 10 just twice after taking fifth in the opening race of the campaign in Adelaide.
Supercars will race for points at the Australian Grand Prix for the first time next March, while Tailem Bend’s addition makes it 11 championship events before the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, up from nine in 2017.
“With the calendar tightening up again, there’s probably a few things we didn’t get right this year through that first section of the year with the way we went about our preparation for events,” general manager Scott Sinclair told Supercars.com.
“We had however many races in six or eight weeks and we probably dropped the ball there a little bit and had a poor run through there.
“And then the crash from Tasmania that Rick got tangled up with wrote a car off so we had a bit of extra work there.
“We’ll tweak a bit of the way we operate in the first half of the season to try to free ourselves up for a bit better performance on track.”
Sinclair said “there were certainly a few things” that contributed to the team’s output, including the switch to the softer Dunlop rubber for the season.