NEWMARKET, ON – Following an up-and-down 2017 season, Super Stock rising star Gerrit Tiemersma will be back at Sunset Speedway fulltime in 2018, and will look to kickstart a run towards a first career track championship with a strong performance in next weekend’s season opener.
“We’re pushing ourselves for big things this season,” says Tiemersma. “Honestly, if we come out of this year without a championship I’m going to be disappointed. With all the effort and research that we’ve put into our program this off-season, I know that we can beat any driver on the roster on any given night.”
The former feature winner is one of a growing number of young stars that have helped propel Sunset’s Super Stock division into the provincial spotlight as one of the most wildly competitive rosters in Ontario.
“I’m excited that people have really stood up and taken notice of how tough this division is,” says the Newmarket, ON racer. “Every night is a war. In the best possible way. You have to grind out every inch and fight for every position. If you can win a single race – much less a championship – in this division, then you know you’ve accomplished something huge.”
This Saturday, Tiemersma will look to take his first step in his run towards the top of the season-end points standings, with what he hopes will be a tempo-setting podium finish.
“You can’t win a championship on opening night but you can definitely dig yourself a hole if you make bad decisions,” explains Tiemersma. “We’re confident in what we have and we know what we can do to make it even better. These other teams can expect us to roll out of the box prepared to the best of our abilities and ready to get to the front.”
“I’ve never felt this confident going into opening night,” adds the third-generation racer. “I have the best car that I could ask for, a brilliant Crew Chief, a spotter I can trust and a team that is ready to do whatever’s necessary to win – we’re ready!”
Gerrit Tiemersma’s 2018 efforts are supported by GUNK and Castrol.