WHILE the revheads behind the barriers ogled the grid girls and partied in typical Gold Coast style after a weekend of rubber burning and racing, it was a much different story in pit lane for Kris Goos.
The former Biloela mechanic, part of the Jim Beam Racing team owned by legendary Ford driver Dick Johnson, was too tired to even down a single beer in celebration of the team's success after a hectic week where the V8 Supercars brought the super to the SuperGP after the A1 cars failed to show.
Goos described the weekend, which saw the V8s do four 150km races, making it second only to Bathurst, as “absolutely crazy”, and saw him do 18-hour days.
“It was all hands on deck - it was harder than Bathurst,” Goos said.
The 27-year-old said Jim Beam Racing driver James Courtney grabbing third spot on the podium was a huge effort from the team after poor qualifying saw them start near the rear of the pack.
“It showed the team is up to strength - that we can give the cars and the drivers what they need and get the pit strategy right.”
Goos admitted after all the extra track time at the glitter strip following on from Bathurst, he was looking forward to a day off. “Normally everyone has a few drinks, especially after getting on the podium, but everyone was too tired to party,” he said.
Goos said the atmosphere felt the same as previous years.
“It's still a big, huge party.
“It's hard to stay focused at the SuperGP - there is a lot going on with family and friends visiting, jets in the air, tanks rolling through town and lots of chicks.”
Goos said the good Gold Coast result followed on from a disappointing Bathurst race where they finished in 24th spot, the last car to cross the line. “We had high hopes and had one of the top combinations (Courtney with Steve Johnson) but we had dramas and things didn't go our way.
“That's racing and you have to build a bridge and get over it.”
With Johnson slipping to sixth in the driver's championship, after being overtaken by Mark Winterbottom who dominated the SuperGP races despite having glandular fever, Goos said they could finish in the top five.
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