Smith steps up

Formula 4 graduate Jack Smith will take another giant step up on the motor sport ladder, when he makes his debut in the Virgin Australia Supercars in Tasmania this weekend.

Smith will debut his SCT Logistics Racing machine alongside the region’s best drivers as he competes as a ‘wildcard’ at this weekend’s event.

Following a successful test day at Winton last week, the 19-year-old will steer his Brad Jones Racing prepared ZB Commodore at the Tyrepower Tasmaina SuperSprint.

Smith was understandably excited about the challenge he was facing up against some of the world’s best touring car drivers.

“For me it’s about getting experience and learning as much as I can across the weekend. There will be a lot to take in, it’s a big deal to join these guys that I’ve been watching race for years,” Smith said.

It’s been a busy few months for Dunlop Super2 Series regular, having also raced as part of the BNT V8s Championship in New Zealand.

He added the Winton test provided plenty of key learnings, where he worked closely with engineer Paul Forgie and BJR teammate Nick Percat.

“I was surprised at the difference between the ZB and VF Commodores. The SCT Logistics ZB Supercar has a few differences to my Super2 car but as the test day went on, I was getting more comfortable with everything and I learned a lot,” Smith said.

“I felt like the car had a lot of grip and we made all the right gains that we wanted to on the day. The overall feeling was just great, and I really enjoyed driving the car.

“Nick helped me throughout the day with getting the SCT Logistics Supercar in the right direction. It was really great to have Nick there, plus Paul Forgie and Andrew Jones continue to help me every step of the way. I’m as prepared as I can be for the weekend ahead.”

The Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint event begins this Friday with live coverage of all Supercar sessions on FOX Sports.