It’s been pretty frustrating after some promising signs last year.

In 2017,  we had some very decent results for a one-car team; so to roll into this year, given my championship position, it’s disappointing that I haven’t been able meet the expectations I set for myself.

And it certainly isn’t due to a lack of hard work, that’s for sure.

The team’s been trying hard to find more speed but haven’t been able to get on top of it yet.

So in that sense it’s been very frustrating for me personally.

What’s the toughest pill to swallow however, is the fact I feel I’m driving as well ever in my career.

The results just simply haven’t come our way which has been hard on myself and the team.

One thing that has boosted morale in the team is signing Jason Bright for the endurance events, which is fantastic. With Brighty coming on board, we’ve got a bloody good shot of achieving some really good results to round out the year and finish on a high.

In a frustrating year, you do have to keep in mind that you can’t control everything – that’s one downside to this sport.

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Concentrate on what you can control, which is your own personal performance, your fitness and your mental state.

Although that’s probably the most challenging thing to do, when you’re not getting the results you feel you deserve, the frustration creeps in and it can be hard to manage your emotions.

I’ve always aimed to use that frustration for good, not a hinderance.

The reality is, we get limited time in these cars, so you’ve got to make sure you’re making the most of it and you’re at the very top of your game.

I suppose, for me, being in a one-car team at Preston Hire Racing, we have the disadvantage of not having more wheels on the track.

Other teams are able to collate more data and knowledge as some have up to four cars on the road at the one time.

I hate excuses but at the end of the day, other teams run through all the information from their four cars and come up with a set-up a lot quicker than us for the following day – That’s the frustrating part of it.

Persistency is the only key to over-riding that.

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You have to keep pushing on, and everyone needs to keep doing their job and eventually you get on top of it.

Fortunately, I have a good group of people in my team that will keep pushing and working hard.

It’s even more important in a small team like ours where we’ve only got 10 full-time workers, so if any one of those workers isn’t doing their job or putting in 100% effort, it affects the whole group.

There’s no one else to be able to pick up the slack. It’s even more important for our team than others to be a tight-knit group and to be all pushing for the same thing.

I know results aren’t far away and I will make sure I’m always at my best when the opportunity comes.

We’ve done enough waiting, so it needs to happen sooner rather than later and I’m doing all I can to make that happen.

There’s only ever been a few occasions, throughout my career, where I’ve genuinely not had the ability the influence the direction of an outcome.

Of course, one that immediately springs to mind is my famous crash in Darwin, where I suffered major damage to my pelvis, ribs and right knee after colliding out on the opening lap.

I’ve shared this openly in the past, but that is hands down one of the most difficult periods in my life I’ve had to overcome.

I actually thought that it would impact me more mentally, but to be fair, lying in the hospital a couple of days after the crash, the first thing I wanted to do was get back in the car!

It never scared me enough to have things run through my head when I’m out on track, like the safety of the car.

What it did do was allow me to take a different perspective of track safety.

On my track walks following the event, I now take a much closer look at how we can improve the track safety and the general mechanics of the surroundings.

But what it didn’t affect was my mental state in the car.

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Once I bolt the helmet on, I drive at 110% and not worry about the dangers of motor sport, which we’re all aware of anyway. Sometimes it comes back and gives you a nasty reminder of just how dangerous this sport can be.

Fortunately, not many race drivers have experienced what I went through; but when something like that happens, you can use it to help contribute towards the safety of the category.

I now have a group of drivers that I converse with regularly on areas for improvements, so I think in the long-run, there’ll be some positives that come out of it.

The crash really only affected my training regime, and fortunately I haven’t had any long-term injuries that still haunt me.

The pelvis is completely healed. The ribs sometimes do give a little bit of pain, but never in the car, and the right knee healed up well, so I got over it pretty quickly.

We’re now two years on from that accident and that’s very much in the past.

I’m back to training hard and I feel at the top of my game mentally. We’re now at the pointy end of the season and I’m ready for some long overdue results at some of my favourite tracks – Sandown, Bathurst, and Gold Coast.

It’s time to knuckle down and get into the endurance season and focus on finishing the year on a high. There’s still a lot to play for, bring it on!