MEDIA RELEASE - For immediate Release – December 7th, 2011








Photo: Tom Tweedie (leading) will decide his plans for 2012 after a rough end to the Fujitsu series this year.  



TOM TWEEDIE’S QUEST to finish inside the top ten of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series in his rookie season came to naught at the weekend – but the Sydneysider is already looking towards 2012.

Tweedie is cultivation options for next season – that at this stage look to between a revitalised Development series campaign or a switch to the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup – despite the disappointment of not even getting to start a race at the Sydney Telstra 500.

Tweedie clipped a kerb on his third lap of qualifying that resulted in his MW Motorsport Falcon launching across the circuit and wide into the unforgiving concrete barrier on the outside of the track.

The team was unable to repair the car due to a shortage of parts – the replacement differential having already been utilised on team-mate Tim Blanchard’s car the week prior – and the necessity to ‘weld’ the broken engine mounts that the team was hesitant to do.

As such Tweedie was unable to improve on 11th in the championship and failed to start either race.

"It's has been a huge learning year in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship and feel we did a good job in one of the oldest cars in the category,” Tweedie said.  

"After watching the main game race on Sunday I don't feel so guilty about my mistake which lead to me hitting the wall, as many other did the same in this most demanding and narrow street circuit. 

"Next year I have some very good options in Fujitsu Series and Porsche Carrera Cup which are both exciting prospects. It’s been a learning year, this season, and I don’t regret that at all.”

Tweedie explained that his motivations for next year were to get in either competitive machinery, or a competitive category with a level playing field.  

The V8 Development series has rapidly grown to become the domain of main-game teams and machinery, meaning if you don’t have an alliance with a V8 Supercar championship team being competitive is difficult.

"I don't want to make up the numbers next year in Fujistu in an uncompetitive car so I'll either be aligned with a main series team or I won’t waste my time,” Tweedie said.  

"Carrera Cup is a great category and the cars are even – it’s a category based on driver ability more than the machinery. 

"Either way, I want to give myself the best opportunity to win next year. This year has been very testing as a driver as I've always been at the front of every category I've raced

“To be driving just a hard and struggling for top 10 isn't a lot of fun!"

Tom Tweedie would like to thank the ongoing support from Team Tom supporters’ club members, sponsors, friends and family for their ongoing support throughout 2011.

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