Gucciardo targets full season in Open V8


Vince Gucciardo has his eyes firmly set on a year of development in 2019 as he targets a full season campaign in the MG C V8.  The iconic car resplendent in it’s matt green finish and iconic day glow GB Galvanizing colours will line up at the opening round of 2019 as Gucciardo targets a full season after undergoing a major rebuild in the off season in the hopes to challenge for a podium this year.

2018 was a testing year with the well reported incident at the opening round with sports cars and then an engine failure later in the year however as the new season nears Gucciardo opened up on his ambitions for this season.

“I am aiming just to get comfortable and start getting the car sorted so what is this, third time lucky?” Gucciardo aims to get on top of the baseline of the car but he has a bigger test before that, “we are probably 2 or 3 weeks behind at this stage which is not what you want at the start of the season and with under a month to go but we are somewhat confident we will be at the opening round, it will be tight but we will get there”.

Vince Gucciardo in Qualifying (photo courtesy of Chris Carter)

The car has had a major engine update over the off season, very close to what it originally had when it wont the championship with Glen Wood at the helm it has now had a few updates to make it a bit more power and more driveable after some challenges during 2018.  A few other updates have been had and Gucciardo is confident he can challenge for podiums during the year. “We know the car can do it, it has won championships with Bob, Glen and contributed to Phil’s so it’s a case of getting myself comfortable and getting sorted and we will give the podium a crack”.

When questioned on his challengers for the year Gucciardo is realistic, “I won’t be near Robin or Phil but if we can be that group just behind then that is the aim”.  The car hasn’t deviated from the original plan with the primary aim around reliability, “it wont have the horsepower of Robin or Phil but if we can finish races you never know where you will end up, I just have to finish some races this year and see where we end up”.  Gucciardo is not only realistic but excited for what the year will bring, “I love MG Racing, the people are great, the racing is so good and no one runs into each other which is unique these days.  I really enjoy the off track stuff as well and the committee put in a lot of work and it’s great to see the series flourishing”

Gucciardo added that if anyone is interested he has a very nice LE 500 for sale, “I have my LE 500 on the market, it’s a competitive package and capable of winning it’s class, a very sorted and sound package so give me a call if your interested”.