Marjoram learns from main game runs

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 21/06/2018
  • By Joshua Makhoul

Sampling two main game Supercars in quick succession has been a learning experience for Dunlop Super2 Series driver Adam Marjoram.

Marjoram sits 18th in the Super2 standings after three rounds with Image Racing, with three top-10 finishes including a season best of seventh at Symmons Plains

Since the last round in Perth in May, Marjoram has driven a Brad Jones Racing Commodore in a practice session and shared an Erebus evaluation day, both at Winton.

The BJR outing came in Tim Blanchard’s CoolDrive Commodore in the wet additional driver session at the SuperSprint, filling in for Dale Wood.

"Trying to get familiar with a car that is so ergonomically different was a bit hard, but it was a good learning experience," Marjoram told Supercars.com.

"It was my first main game session ever and the conditions were very tricky, and the main thing was to bring the car home nice and clean for Tim.

"The tyres we had weren't great and it was more about me getting acquainted with what it's like and the intensity levels of a main game session.

"It was just about learning the team, the procedures and the feedback I need to give, and the level I need to operate at if I was to get into the main game full-time."

He followed that with an early-June run in Anton De Pasquale’s Erebus ZB, sharing an evaluation day with Porsche driver Dylan O'Keeffe.

The pair trialled components for the Holden squad, which won at Hidden Valley with David Reynolds last weekend.

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Marjoram raced for Erebus in V8 Utes, and drives the Walkinshaw-built VF used by Reynolds and then Wood over the last two seasons for Erebus in Supercars.

"That was really cool to reunite with Erebus, I've got a long history with them through the V8 Ute program and being in the Erebus Academy," Marjoram added.

"I was very happy with how the day went, and Erebus was too, and I provided a lot of feedback on the development items we needed to asses.

"It was a really good day and I got to learn the differences between my ex-Erebus car and the main series version - it probably needed a bit more commitment than my car to drive.

"The fundamental characteristics of the car are exactly the same, so credit to my team at Image Racing for giving me a good package to go racing with."

The Western Australian joined Terry Wyhoon's squad this year, after two seasons with Matt Stone Racing that yielded 13th in the 2016 standings and 18th last year.

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Marjoram qualified a career-best eighth at Symmons Plains, but has recorded two DNFs, including a Turn 8 crash in Adelaide that meant he couldn't start the final race.

"Going to Image Racing this year has been a great move, we've bonded really well and the way Terry runs his team is absolutely fantastic," Marjoram said.

"The results probably don't indicate the race pace that we have, and if we get rid of the bad luck, we are absolutely in it with a fighting chance

“I’m very confident in the package that I've got and I couldn't ask for much more from them.

“I think if we just keep working harder at it and if luck actually goes our way then the result will match.

“And if we don't finish well in the championship this year I don't really care, it's about laying a solid foundation for next year."

The Dunlop Super2 Series continues at the Watpac Townsville 400 on July 6-8.

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