With the second round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia Series in less than two weeks, Harry Gray is feeling confident he can produce a top five result.
After spending the past couple of weeks working on his physical and mental fitness, Gray is more determined than ever heading into the Winton event.
Reflecting back to the Bathurst season opener, Gray was satisfied with his performance even after a race three incident at the Grate left him unable to finish the final race.
“Bathurst was a really big eye opener for me,” he said.
“After the race three incident, it made me think about how that could have been avoided if I had driven smarter.
“Overall, I was still happy with the pace and the potential I believe I showed.”
Unlike most of the Academy’s Toyota 86 drivers, Gray has raced at Winton before and is well prepared to return.
“Coming into Winton is the most fit and the most ready I’ve felt coming into a race, I know what’s expected of me and I know what my job is to do,” he said.
“I would really like to land myself on a podium, if not a top 5. I feel ready and capable.”
More recently, Gray debuted at Motor Racing Australia’s Sydney 300 last weekend alongside Jimmy Vernon, with the pair finishing fifth outright amongst the 40 car grid and first in their category.
“Heading into the Sydney 300, I was very nervous finding out I’d only get to do eight laps before my stint in the race,” he said.
“This meant while I was out on track I had to maximise and find the limits quicker than usual.
“It was really cool to be racing in a car I’d never driven before.”
Gray will test his Toyota 86 at Winton on Thursday before hitting the track for the second round of the TGRA Series next weekend, May 29-30.