Team HIFLEX is looking to bounce back to its strong early seasonform in Perth this weekend after a frustrating event at Pukekohe last month.
The #3 VF Commodore driven by Tony D'Alberto suffered a series ofsteering issues that haunted the team in New Zealand.
With three weeks between events, the team and its suppliers have takenevery step to ensure the same problems do not arise again, which will allowD'Alberto to get back to the top 10 form that he started the season in.
"We've taken every step we can to prevent the dramas that heldus back in Pukekohe and we're looking forward to a good weekend,"D’Alberto said.
"We're confident that we've overcome all the issues by makingsome changes to the car and hopefully that will put us back into the positionwe were in during the first few races of the year.”
D'Alberto left the opening event in Adelaide in eighth place in theV8 Supercars Championship after two strong, consistent races. At SymmonsPlains, Tasmania, he finished 12th and 13th in the first two races and was ontarget for a top 10 finish in the final race, only to suffer power steeringproblems with a handful of laps to go. A multitude of unrelated steering issuesheld the team back in New Zealand.
"I'm quite happy with how we're placed this early in the Championship,” D’Alberto said, currently sitting in 16th.
“The last event was very frustrating, but we've moved on and we'relooking to bag a solid haul of points.
"Everyone is talking about tyre life and how that will play itspart this weekend. Barbagallo has always been a low grip track and it can makeit very difficult to set your car up on.
"We're going to focus on our strengths and look to get backinto the form we were in at the start of the season."
Team owner Al D’Alberto said he cannot see a reason Team HIFLEXwouldn’t be back pushing towards the top 10 this weekend.
This weekend's Chill Perth 360 sees the return of the 60/60 SuperSprint format on Saturday, followed by two 100km races on Sunday.