After a disappointing opening round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia series, Bailey Sweeny is determined to see more positive results at next month’s race.
An electrical issue in practice and qualifying saw Sweeny unable to compete in any of the three races at the Bathurst season opener.
Having only raced in the series at the singular event held at Bathurst last year, Sweeny was excited about the opportunity to gain more experience in the field.
“I was really looking forward to Bathurst, so it was pretty disappointing not being able to race,” he said.
“We were hoping to just learn from it and have a good practice weekend so when we couldn’t race, it definitely dampened my confidence a bit.”
Having spent the past couple of weeks since Bathurst racing a number of different categories, including the Australian Karting Championship and the NSW Series X3 category, Sweeny is glad to return to his repaired Toyota 86.
“I’ve been driving my car at Wakefield, which is our local track,” he said.
“Testing has been going well, it’s been good to get in the car again after a long break.”
With his Toyota 86 repaired and a number of successful test days under his belt, Sweeny is feeling confident heading into the next round, despite having never raced at Winton before.
“I’m feeling good going into Winton, I’m going to be doing a couple of test days down there prior to the event,” he said.
“The only track I’ve raced at in the 86 series is Bathurst so it’s going to be good getting to test at Winton before the race so I know what I’m up for.”
Sweeny will be hitting the track for the next round of the Toyota 86 Series at Winton Motor Raceway, May 29-30.