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Golding gearing up for first Gen3 laps

JAMES Golding will tick off a major milestone this week when he becomes the latest driver to get a taste of Supercars’ Gen3 era.

Golding is due to test the Chevrolet Camaro prototype today, gaining valuable insight into the next generation car.

Golding and PremiAir Racing teammate Chris Pither had been the only two 2022 primary drivers not to turn a Gen3 lap to this point.

While Pither will shift into a co-driving role elsewhere, Golding will continue next year at PremiAir alongside recruit Tim Slade.

Speaking with V8 Sleuth at the conclusion of the Adelaide 500, Golding voiced his excitement at the testing opportunity, which comes more than a month ahead of the first shakedown by teams.

“I’m pretty keen to have a go,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to that and getting a feel for what’s in store for next year.”

Golding (right) with teammate Chris Pither on the Adelaide grid. Pic: PremiAir Racing

The 26-year-old finished his comeback Supercars season on a high in Adelaide, taking 10th in the Sunday race.

The result followed a couple of costly incidents, needing a chassis change after triggering a Gold Coast pile-up and then crashing out early in the Saturday Adelaide race while battling with eventual winner Chaz Mostert.

“It was a bit up and down recently but we’ve stuck together as a team and we keep improving,” said Golding.

“We’re still on the way up. We’re still yet to have a good race to go with a good qualifying, so I’m looking forward to the day that happens.

“But overall, super stoked, it’s great to finish with a solid result.

“Obviously we have been up there before so we want more than that but it’s still a good way to end the season and a good base heading into next year with a fresh start.”

The #31 Subway Commodore in action. Pic: PremiAir Racing

Golding also noted how the enjoyment factor has returned, his previous Supercars experience in 2019 having taken a toll.

“It certainly wasn’t easy jumping in halfway through the season (replacing Garry Jacobson) but it’s been easy in a way with the team, like we’ve gelled really well and really enjoying it so that makes my job a lot easier,” he said.

“I’ve just been able to focus on the driving side of it and enjoy it again.

“My last year at GRM where we were struggling a lot, I wasn’t enjoying it too much and I’m back in a good place right now so super stoked.

“I’m just really privileged and thankful to Matt (Cook, team principal) and Peter (Xiberras, team owner) especially and the whole team in fact for giving me the opportunity and I just want to relish it and do a good job next year.”

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