David Wall back at PR Tech track day
David Wall will not be a stranger to those who have been to PR Technology’s events. In fact, his relationship with PR Technology has been a long one … he was crowned Australian GT Champion in a PR Tech Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S back in 2009, and last year competed in the World Time Attack Challenge in a PR Tech built and designed RP968.
Wall has also been an instructor with us for many years. So how are you going to impress this guy?
David Wall Q&A
What got you into motosports?
My whole family has been involved in motorsport since I was born. My father raced his whole life before he died in 2012. I was with my family at the race track when I was two weeks old. So it has always been in my family – in my blood if you like – whether it’s working on cars or driving. My kids and my family are now very much into it too – it’s very much a family sport.
What has been the highlight of your career?
2009/2010 where we were back to back Australian GT Champions in the same car and we were the first ones who achieved that. Also in 2009 my father won the Australian Sports Sedan Championship – the same year as me – and we were the first father and son to do so and it still remains that way.
What are you looking forward to this year?
This year I’m competing in the Australian Porsche Cup Championship. I’ve spent the last four years in the V8 Supercar Championship. Last year I drove for Brad Jones, Dick Johnson and Gary Rogers. This year I’m just doing the Enduros only with Gary Rogers and in a Porsche car which, really for me, is what it has always been about. I’m a massive Porsche car fan so to be back in a Porsche is something that I’m very happy about.
What’s the worst thing that has happened to you in a race? How did you get yourself out of it?
The worst thing, from a driver’s point of view, was when in my first ever V8 supercar race in 2012 at Clipsal, my cool suit failed on the outlap which meant it was going to be a very long day. The cool suit keeps you cool so it meant 250kms for two and a half hours in the car with no cool suit – that was pretty hard to take.
I told them on the radio and they said they couldn’t do anything about it. So for two and half hours I’m basically baking away in the car but that’s what it was. And when I got out they stuck me in an ice bath and tried to get me ready again to do it all again the next day.
I just persevered through it – that’s the job. It’s not expected but you’ve got to be able to deal with it because if you don’t there’s someone else who is more than willing to, so you put up with it.
What’s your favourite car to drive? And what would you like to drive?
I’ve had very good results in Porsches and I enjoy driving them so if it’s not the top of the list, it’s very close.
But I like driving any sports car really and generally on very good tyres which gives you a lot of confidence as a driver.
I’ve had a go once in an Aston Martin – the GT3 version – so I’d like to try the current version of that. Or a Lamborghini – they seem to be quite cool too.
In a perfect world I’d really like to drive any one of those cars at Le Mans.
What do you do when you’re not racing?
I do driver training which is where I’ve been involved with PR Tech. I’ve been doing driver training for over 10 years. And I have my own business, Wall Racing, where we prepare cars and make race cars for customers as well – so that keeps me more than busy.
Instruction style – carrot or stick?
Somewhere in between … People always go better if they have something to chase.
What are your tips for drivers?
Probably the biggest tip would be to listen. It’s very hard sometimes in the environment to take it all in so the biggest thing is to try and absorb all that we are telling them. And try the things that we are doing and showing them.
We get some guys that are pretty ambitious when we first jump in the car. The guys that listen and look and learn quickly are the ones that are always the better ones .. they always end up quicker in what they are doing.
PR Technology instructional track days are a good way to learn from the best of the best about racing technique and have some fun with your car at the same time.
The next instructional track day will be on March 11 at Wakefield Park.
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