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‘Eye-opening’ introduction to ex-DJRTP Mustang

DUNLOP Super2 Series debutant Max Vidau has outlined an “eye-opening” start to his time behind the wheel of the only DJR Team Penske chassis still in competition.

Anderson Motorsport plucked Vidau from Porsche Carrera Cup Australia for its 2024 campaign, taking over from three-time series runner-up Zak Best.

Best had been in the mix to succeed Jack Smith in the Brad Jones Racing-run SCT Logistics Camaro, only to lose out to Jaxon Evans, leaving the Benalla product’s future unknown.

Winner of the 2017 Australian Formula Ford title, Vidau got to grips with the Anderson Motorsport Mustang (chassis DJRTP05) during a pair of pre-season test days at Winton.

The Anderson Motorsport Mustang driven last year by Zak Best. Pic: Ross Gibb

“That was a pretty cool experience, to drive a Supercar in anger for the first time,” he said.

“I’ve done the PremiAir ride days, but this was my first opportunity to really push these cars. It’s bloody hot work, certainly more than anything I’ve ever done before.

“We threw a lot of set-up changes at the car just so I could get an understanding of what everything does and how the balance changes.

“It was a bit of a learning curve, especially with the in-car adjustments you can make throughout the lap, but we got on top of it quickly and put in some solid laps.

Max Vidau. Pic: Supplied

“There was a big 30-lap race run in there as well which was eye-opening, but again only positive in terms of our preparation. We were focused on learning, but the boys were happy with the times all the way through, and even with what we could produce on the old rubber.

“Everyone at Anderson Motorsport has been really easy to get along with, so I’m more pumped than ever for Bathurst. We can’t wait to show off our livery for the opening round as well.”

None of the seven DJRTP chassis in existence have raced in the main game since Team Penske departed Supercars at the end of 2020.

DJRTP05 last year became the first such chassis to compete in the Dunlop Series.

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