Team Sydney move into new home

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 26/06/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Team Sydney has completed its interstate relocation in time for its new home event, this weekend’s BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

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The squad formerly known as Tekno Autosports started the year based out of its existing Gold Coast premises, with the intention to move into the Sydney Motorsport Park complex as soon as possible.

That transition is now complete, with the team set up in a temporary onsite workshop – from where it will shift into the planned Centre of Excellence facility at a later date.

“[We moved in] probably about a fortnight ago now,” team owner Jonathon Webb told Supercars.com.

“We packed up the truck like everyone else did on the Friday at Grand Prix [in March], and not knowing what the world was going to do, the hope and the intent was that we would go to Tassie a couple of weeks later.

“So, rather than drag everything back to Queensland and turn it around, a mate of mine has got a big shed so we parked it up for a couple of weeks. It obviously ended up that the world stopped for about three months, so it stayed there.

“We got the keys to the shed [in Sydney] once things started opening again.

“[We've] just [been] doing the finishing touches like painting floors and that sort of thing to make it look the part.

“And then from there we brought the truck from Queensland two weeks ago now and started moving cars and things in. We were all there flat out this week, just setting up shop and making it comfortable and making it home.

“It’s already exciting catching up with the ARDC [Australian Racing Drivers' Club] guys about what we can do now we’re onsite.

“There’s a huge amount of positivity around the whole group and what it’s going to be like for the foreseeable future.”

It means this weekend will be a true home event for the Holden team and its drivers Chris Pither and Alex Davison.

“We haven’t started going racing but even just being in the precinct and being around the activity… you roll out the front door yesterday and there’s a supercar day on the track so there’s Ferrari and Lamborghinis and Porsches everywhere,” he said.

“It’s a pretty electric atmosphere, that whole place on a day-to-day basis, so the fact that we’re there on the ground and it’s happening on our front door, there’s certainly nothing else like it in Australia.”

Team Sydney had a tough start to life in Adelaide, with its then driver duo of James Courtney and Pither leaving 22nd and 23rd in the standings, respectively.

Despite the excitement around its new headquarters and the addition of staff including veteran engineer Chris Stuckey, Webb remains realistic about their chances this weekend.

“We didn’t go into the year expecting to be dominant straight out of the gate,” he said.

“We knew we had some good equipment and some good cars, but it always takes time to gel and we have a lot of new people working together – engineers, drivers, all that sort of thing. It takes time. That hasn’t changed.

“It doesn’t happen overnight in this game. There’s been teams out there that have done this for a long time with the same group of people and it’s still not easy.

“We’re realistic but at the same time we know we have got the right group to do it.”

Team Sydney’s ZB Commodores will hit the track for practice at 11am AEST tomorrow, following the 10:20am rookie-only session.

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