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Golding convinced changes will propel PremiAir

JAMES Golding is sure PremiAir Racing is on the right track despite being the lowest-ranked Chevrolet squad in the Supercars teams’ championship.

PremiAir underwent an off-season of behind-the-scenes change whereby Geoff Slater and Simon Hodge exited its engineering department and Ludo Lacroix and Mirko De Rosa came in.

It left last month’s Bathurst 500 eighth in the teams’ championship, with each of the other five Camaro-shod outfits ahead.

While teammate Tim Slade generally struggled at the Mountain, Golding regularly displayed top 10 pace – his chief hurdle being a battery issue that forced him to start the Saturday race from pitlane.

All told, the #31 driver is convinced by PremiAir’s direction but mindful that it might take time to translate into results.

“There’s been a lot of changes over the break and they’re definitely positive ones, but often if you make large changes it’s a case of one step back before you take two forward,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“It doesn’t necessarily work overnight.

“So we have still got a lot to work on but we’re definitely going in the right direction.

“It’s just time, hopefully the little errors here and there will be minimised and we can be consistent up the front where we deserve to be, I feel like.”

James Golding, Peter Xiberras and Ludo Lacroix. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Golding believes improving their consistency could bring multiple benefits as the team’s hunt for a maiden podium continues.

“Once you get more consistent it’s also a lot easier to take that next step,” he added.

“If you fluctuate up and down all the time, you’re kind of throwing the dart a bit and you have got less data to get that last bit you need to be consistently up there and be on the podium.”

MORE: The signs which convinced Lacroix to join PremiAir

Round 2 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship will unfold next week (March 21-24) at Albert Park.

Before then, Golding and Slade will both race at Symmons Plains this weekend in Round 2 of the Trico Trans Am Series.

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