SMITH PRODUCES CENTURY SUPERCARS

Jack Smith. Photo: Nathan Wong

JACK Smith needs to relax to get his season back on track, says his father Pete.

The #4 SCT Logistics driver started the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship in strong fashion, posting top-20 finishes in each of the first seven races, led by 12th in the first Albert Park race, to be nearly at the same level as his colleagues at Brad Jones Racing. in the classification.

It’s been tougher since then, with just another seven top-20 finishes to show from the 19 races that followed, although he did post a 15th in the final start at Sandown.

The 23-year-old, who is due to mark his 100th career start in the main game next weekend at Pukekohe, subsequently dropped to 24th in the championship.

Smith moved on to the Supercars Championship full-time in 2020 under a Teams Racing Charter bought by his family after three Super2 seasons.

Pete Smith believes that improving results is a matter of your child relaxing a bit and trusting that the last part of the performance will come.

“Jack is very hard on himself and that’s one of his biggest problems is that he gets so hard on himself,” Smith Sr. told V8 Sleuth.

“You just have to relax a little bit.

“You can’t keep blaming the cars and the engineers, which he doesn’t, he just has to get that extra half second from somewhere. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to do, but it is.”

Smith has yet to announce a co-driver for the Repco Bathurst 1000. Photo: Nathan Wong

Smith and his team got the rare opportunity for seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes to offer his comments on his car after making a cameo appearance at an additional driver practice session last month at Sandown.

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“I spoke briefly with Brad (Jones), Phil Keed and their engineers about my perspective on where the car is at and the difference in feel between a Red Bull car and their car,” Lowndes told V8 Sleuth.

“Once I understood the (ergonomic) side of it, the car itself was nice to drive.

“He did everything you wanted, but he wasn’t bold enough.

“I actually chased after Jamie (Whincup) in the middle of that session.

“Braking and turning into Turn 1 was pretty smooth, but in the middle of Turn 1 he was able to turn the car faster than me, which means he can hit the throttle earlier and steer it.

“So it’s not surprising to me that Brad Jones’ cars are good race cars because they take care of their tires, but they’re a bit lazy, they need to be tuned up a bit to build up the temperature of the tires earlier and utilize the goodness of the tyre.

Smith’s historic start will come on the third and final stage of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

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