Friday 18 January 2013 10:00
By: V8 Supercars
AS one 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 in the unique position of working hand-in-hand with the top team in the series.
As with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Tekno will source both of their VF Holden Commodore’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.
After one fruitful season as a customer of the reigning champions and Bathurst winners, Tekno’s Jonathon Webb says the relationship 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 will race this year.
“We’re effectively a customer of triple eight and they’ve designed and developed the car. In saying that, we have had some small input in design and we are also currently manufacturing in house some of the parts that are going to go in those cars,” Webb told V8supercars.com.au
“As well as, I think Adrian (Burgess) mentioned somewhere, all our guys have been up there all last week and all this week helping basically an assembly line of cars to put them all together and put them together as soon as possible.”
Webb says the relationship with the dominant team in V8 Supercars continues to grow and evolve.
“I think from day dot last year it started on the right point and it continued down that direction. Obviously it takes some time for Triple Eight to have that bit of faith to feed us what we need, to have successful race cars.
“It’s been good – we’ve been able to give a little back in terms of results and some of the performances we were able to put on last year.
“With Car of the Future, we’re four strong cars up there, with their two and our two Tekno cars, we can learn a lot very quickly and scratch each others’ backs on the way through. We’re very much looking forward to that working relationship again.”
From winning his maiden V8 Supercars race at Sydney Motorsport Park in 2010 – when allied with Dick Johnson Racing – Webb can now consider himself a regular at the top of the V8 pack following a strong 2012 championship campaign.
A rough start to the season, where his primary car was heavily damaged in a qualifying crash at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, was all but eliminated from memory with a strong second half of the season that saw his car regularly inside the top 10.
Webb finished the 2012 season in 12th position, a strong run home in the second half of the season featuring the #19 car inside the top 10 in all but three races from the Dick Smith Sandown 500 onwards.
A best finish of second came with a storming charge through the field in the first race at the Armor All Gold Coast 600, where Webb combined with German ace Marc Lieb to score the team’s best result of the year.
In the 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 in the season.
outfit finished the teams championship in 7th place, just 10 points behind
Jack Daniel’s Racing.
The team also continues to expand their business to encompass an aftermarket vehicle tuning company, Tekno Performance.
“From where I thought we’d be to where we are, we’re definitely pushing hard and the results we had towards the latter half of last year we’re where we thought we deserved to be,” Webb said.
“We worked hard to get there and put everything in place to try and make that happen so. The start of last year was a little disappointing with the way we kicked off, we were new to the two car operation and the big crash in Adelaide set us back as a team, but the recovery from there and the effort put in by all the boys was really sensational”