Justin McMinn took out the ACSA Australian Title event at Redline Raceway in the 2011/2012 season. McMinn was driving a Suzuki Swift powered Pearce Chassis with some modifications. McMinn was happy to tell us about his title experience.
Tell us about your race.
I started out of position 3. I managed to get into 2nd at the start of the race. The track went away pretty early and I felt I was faster than Gary Hudson who had led for the first few laps. I managed to get by Gary on the bottom, settled into a rhythm and opened up a gap on the field. I’m not sure how many laps into the race it was but a caution came out bunching the field back up. This was the start of a run of restarts, so many that I can’t remember! I just remember thinking that I had to make sure I nailed the restarts to avoid one of motorbike engined cars getting by, which could typically restart much better. On one of the stoppages, the track curator came over to the car and said “hang in there mate, you’ve got this”, he was probably trying to calm me down but if anything it just made me more nervous! After many more restarts the white flag came out and I kept it together for 1 more lap.
Was there a point in the race where you thought, ‘I’ve got a good chance of winning this?’
I always thought that we had a good chance to win. I tried not to think about it and just keep focused on putting in good laps.
What was your first thought after winning the Title?
Just that we had done it! Many people had put effort into that car and to get the job done in the biggest race of the year was amazing.
What were some of your highlights racing in Compact Speedcars?
It was good fun, I made a lot of friends that I am still friends with today. I really loved the variety of cars and engines and different approaches to making a race winner.
What advice would you give to those competing in this year’s ACSA Australian Title?
These days I like to pride myself on preparing the best I possibly can before the race meeting, something I only got my head around at the end of my Compact Speedcar days. Make sure the car and you are 100% ready before you go the track. Also focus on what you need to do, don’t concern yourself with what your competitors are doing.
McMinn is still competing in Speedway piloting the #V12 Speedcar. Check out how McMinn is going by visiting his Facebook Page
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