ames Courtney has hosed down any type of lingering pointers that he can look to retire from full-time Repco Supercars Champion responsibilities at the end of the season.
In recent years, there’s been a trend in the direction of chauffeurs finishing their primary video game jobs earlier and earlier.
Having turned 41 on Tuesday, Courtney is the elder statesman of the class of 2021.
But having actually located a satisfied house at Tickford Competing and proven at Tailem Bend and Darwin that he’s obtained plenty extra to offer on-track, Courtney sees no factor to quit currently.
” Things could not be better: the youngsters are healthy and balanced, I remain in a terrific placement with Tegan [Woodford] my partner. Life is great as well as I’m caring my racing,” the 2010 Supercars champ told Speedcafe.com.
” I stated to the individuals [on Monday evening], I can not bear in mind the last time I appreciated doing this as high as what I am at the minute, so I believe that’s a good indication.
” I seem like I have simply rolled out of SBR as well as DJR days, I’m that right into all of it.
” Retirement hasn’t actually come past my radar at the moment.
” Sure, when points weren’t going great a number of years earlier, I was possibly believing even more regarding that but at the moment I feel I still have obtained so much to include.
” The results have actually been excellent as well as the speed exists so I’m not actually also pondering that.
Buried 16th in the factors after the Tasmania SuperSprint, Courtney placed 12th in The Bend opener and has actually not ended up outside the leading 10 in the 5 races given that.
That run consisted of a spirited return drive from 21st to take the chequered flag fifth in the Saturday race at Hidden Valley, just to hang back to 10th courtesy of a post-race fine for a Safety and security Auto reactivate infringement.
” I like competing difficult as well as contending; that’s why I remain in it,” commented Courtney, who is currently approximately nine in the championship.
” I’m in it for those minutes and also the sociability within the group.
” You venture out, sure we didn’t win, however like on the Saturday where we went from 21st to fourth or fifth before the charge, to see just how much I appreciated that race along with every person in the garage, that’s the reason why I do it.”.
While Courtney has actually discovered his feet and team-mate Cameron Waters continues to deal with in the direction of the front, fellow Tickford motorist Jack Le Brocq continues to be in a long term depression.
The # 5 Vehicle Assist Mustang driver has not finished a race much better than 10th because Race 1 of the season. That’s left him stumbling in 16th overall.
” Yeah, it has actually been a tough little period for Jack … I exist as well as pleased to hand down my words of knowledge– as high as no person did it to me,” said Courtney.
” I do not assume I’m Yoda as well as I’m sitting there as well as they’re all my pupils or anything like that, yet if you can see prior to the race Jack is a little wound up, I’ll attempt to aid him and just speak with him to sidetrack him from what he’s thinking of.
” I have actually existed, I’ve been via all that kind of stuff, so simply assuring him you do not forget what to do.