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Photo: Tom Tweedie in action at the Sydney Telstra 500.

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Photo: Tweedie fighting hard in his V8 Supercar debut.

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ATTENDING PERHAPS the highest profile testing session in his life, Tom Tweedie completed his first weekend behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar last weekend at the Sydney Telstra 500.

With a contract signed to compete in the full Fujitsu V8 Supercar series next year, Tweedie made his debut on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park last weekend in an effort to go ‘one up’ on his 2011 competition.

In effect, the massive Event – attended by over 160,000 people – was a three day test session.

With just 20 laps in a V8 Supercar under his belt prior to the weekend, the weekends goal was to emerge with as many laps as possible and learn the intricacies of driving a 1350kg, 600hp Ford Falcon V8.

The 21-year-old Sydneysider improved his times by nearly three seconds across the two, 30-minute practice sessions held Friday and completed more than 30 laps of the tight, unforgiving Street circuit.

He then qualified the #26 MW Motorsport BF Falcon 19th (ironically, his Formula 3 race number from the season past) and  aside from some damage caused as the field hustled down towards turn one on the opening lap, came through race one in flying colours and in 15th place.

After working with team engineers between qualifying and the first race, Tom lopped more than a second from his best lap prior to the race continuing the goal of improvement across the weekend.

Race two was set for further improvement before a broken bolt in the front of the car caused the front splitter to work loose, forcing Tweedie to Pit lane and for three laps worth of repairs. The car was returned to the track to assure Tom of more track time with the #26 crossing the line a finisher in 18th.

Despite perhaps frustrating results for a driver accustomed to winning races, Tweedie was still smiling at the end of the weekend.

“It was a massive learning curve for me all weekend and I’m pleased to have gotten through it the way we did,” he said.

“In the end, the weekend wasn’t about results but I was pleased with the progress made. We know we need to find time but the best thing is we know where to find it.

“One of the biggest things to learn about these cars is stopping them – they are heavy and take a lot of work to slow down. We could see on the data I was losing time there but as the weekend went on I worked on improving that and getting closer to the other guys.

“I think with a few more days testing before the start of next season we are going to be in good shape and will show that this was an invaluable experience for me.”

Tweedie said another invaluable component of the weekend was working with the team for the first time.

“I hadn’t met the guys before the weekend – we had done the deal over the phone so when we arrived at the track Thursday it was the first time I got to work with the mechanics and engineers at MW Motorsport,” He said.

“They are a great bunch of guys and we worked really well together. It bodes well for next year.”

Though testing is limited, Tom will drive the MW Motorsport BF Falcon again during the off season before the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series begins at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in March next year.

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