Justin Roylance and the Spitwater Team Outlaw 400-Class V8 Superboat team will return to the demanding Lake Wyangan circuit at Griffith in the Riverina of New South Wales this weekend to contest what is sure to be an action filled Easter event under lights, but whilst the Forbes local will apply plenty of pressure to the points leaders with his new machine, he has also elected to bring with him a secret weapon…
Part-time V8 Superboat driver Daniel James is one of those drivers who makes little fanfare, and whilst he hasn’t contested a full season in the sport for a number of years, the former 350-Class champion is renowned as one of the smartest and one of the quickest drivers in the sport. For fans of the Outlaw67 team, they will also recognise that alongside his brother Brad, that the duo were responsible for the hull and the powerplant for the new Spitwater-supported team, through their JRE Race Engines enterprise.
James has been a winner in the past at Griffith, and he brings a cool, calculating addition to the team, but for Roylance, having him back behind the wheel means a whole lot more than that..
“The best way to tune any racing equipment is still by the seat of the pants,” Roylance admitted. “Daniel and Brad were responsible for the boat and it’s a ripper, but it needs development like anything new, so the best way to help fast-track that development is have Dan feel what it’s like in the throws of competition.
“It also doesn’t hurt to have him in the boat at Griffith, which is arguably the most demanding circuit we travel to each year, because his assistance will also guide me as a driver, giving me the opportunity to compare notes and data to fast-track my development as well.”
For James, it’s a win-win, putting the multiple race winner back behind the wheel, although he’s likely to leave all the acrobatics to the team boss and focus on improving the pace of the package.
“I’m super-excited to be back behind the wheel of a Superboat, and can’t thank Justin and Bree Roylance enough for the opportunity,” James admitted. “We’ll be taking it pretty easy to try and focus on setting up the hull and tune the setup so that Justin can go after the championship, but that said, if an opportunity to make the podium comes, I’m sure we’ll go after it.”
Easter at Griffith has always been a popular event for the fans who traditionally come out to Lake Wyangan in their thousands. The event is a day/night race with gates opening at 2:00pm and qualifying starting from 3:00pm, the whole event expected to conclude around 9:00pm.