Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Support Vital for Team Success; Driver, Engineer Need Honest Partnership

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Support Vital for Team Success; Driver, Engineer Need Honest Partnership

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FOR Lennon and McCartney, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Hewlett and Packard, and Jagger and Richards -- success is the result of a strong partnership.

In motorsport it's no different.

A driver can't win by himself. He needs the support of a dedicated team with the most important being his engineer. Coates Hire Racing's Nick Percat is enjoying his first V8 Supercars season this year, working with his engineer Alex Somerset. In today's special feature, Percat and Somerset (pictured) share some insights.

Question: How important is the relationship between the driver and his engineer for success?

Answer: Alex Somerset -- "It's very important. In successful relationships the engineer can understand what the driver needs without even asking the question. You can tell from a driver's body language. The general car attitude is secondary really. If you can pre-empt what the driver needs as the (on track) session is going along, you can save a lot of time."

Q: You and Alex have worked together for just a few months yet have formed a strong relationship very quickly.

A: Percat -- "Definitely. Throughout my career I've chopped and changed engineers for various reasons and now for me to have my own car, crew and my own full-time engineer makes my life a lot easier and allows me to concentrate on my driving. We also get along well away from the track and I have a lot of trust in Alex. We worked together in India in Formula MRF and Alex got good results with James Moffat last year, so I knew the base package, (car set-up) that Alex would give me would be good. Alex knows what I need in the car and as I am still learning, what I need from the car, but there's no doubt we are growing as a good team. Alex has world-class experience, so it's easy for me to simply strap in and go with it."

Q: Nick, what do you look for from Alex?

A: "His years of experience. An example of of that is, he'll tell me that he has made a change to the car, what the change is and what it should do or has done for me in the past, so I have complete faith that it is what it's going to do. …

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