ASone of only a few V8 Supercar teams not building their own Car of the Future(COTF) chassis for competition this year, Tekno Autosports find themselves inthe unique position of working hand-in-hand with the top team in the series.
Aswith Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Tekno will source both of their VF HoldenCommodore’s from Triple Eight Race engineering, with the team in the process of building a 'construction line' of new cars for immediate use this season.
Afterone fruitful season as a customer of the reigning champions and Bathurst winners, Tekno’s Jonathon Webb says therelationship has evolved beyond simply buying a car and walking away – in fact,his own team has played a small role in the development of the cars they willrace this year.
“We’reeffectively a customer of triple eight and they’ve designed and developed thecar. In saying that, we have had some small input in design and we are alsocurrently manufacturing in house some of the parts that are going to go inthose cars,” Webb told V8supercars.com.au
“Aswell as, I think Adrian (Burgess) mentioned somewhere, all our guys have beenup there all last week and all this week helping basically an assembly line ofcars to put them all together and put them together as soon as possible.”
Webbsays the relationship with the dominant team in V8 Supercars continues to growand evolve.
“Ithink from day dot last year it started on the right point and it continueddown that direction. Obviously it takes some time for Triple Eight to have thatbit of faith to feed us what we need, to have successful race cars.
“It’sbeen good – we’ve been able to give a little back in terms of results and someof the performances we were able to put on last year.
“WithCar of the Future, we’re four strong cars up there, with their two and our two Teknocars, we can learn a lot very quickly and scratch each others’ backs on the waythrough. We’re very much looking forward to that working relationship again.”
Fromwinning his maiden V8 Supercars race at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2010 – when alliedwith Dick Johnson Racing – Webb can now consider himself a regular at the top of the V8 pack following a strong 2012 championship campaign.
Arough start to the season, where his primary car was heavily damaged in aqualifying crash at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, was all but eliminated frommemory with a strong second half of the season that saw his car regularlyinside the top 10.
Webbfinished the 2012 season in 12th position, a strong run home in thesecond half of the season featuring the #19 car inside the top 10 in all butthree races from the Dick Smith Sandown 500 onwards.
Abest finish of second came with a storming charge through the field in thefirst race at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, where Webb combined with German aceMarc Lieb to score the team’s best result of the year.
Inthe sister #91 car, West Australian driver Michael Patrizi ended the year 18th– his best finish of fifth coming on home soil at Barbagello Raceway early inthe season.
Theoutfit finished the teams championship in 7th place, just 10 points behindJack Daniel’s Racing.
The team also continues to expand their business to encompass anaftermarket vehicle tuning company, Tekno Performance.
“Fromwhere I thought we’d be to where we are, we’re definitely pushing hard and theresults we had towards the latter half of last year we’re where we thought wedeserved to be,” Webb said.
“Weworked hard to get there and put everything in place to try and make thathappen so. The start of last year was a little disappointing with the way wekicked off, we were new to the two car operation and the big crash in Adelaideset us back as a team, but the recovery from there and the effort put in by allthe boys was really sensational”