Briscoe not setting targets
|By Glenn Freeman
||Wednesday, October 11th 2006, 10:15 GMT
Ryan Briscoe is not aiming for any specific goals as he prepares to make his Champ Car debut at Surfers Paradise on October 22.
The Australian has been drafted in to replace the injured Cristiano da Matta at RuSPORT for the final two races of the year, but admitted that he faces a big challenge joining the series at the end of the season.
"It's definitely going to be a challenge coming in at the tail end of the championship," he said, "but I've got a good feeling about it. Hopefully we'll be good right out of the box."
Despite his nationality, Briscoe can't even hope that local knowledge will count on his debut, because he has never raced on the Gold Coast circuit.
In the past year he has driven in A1GP, Grand-Am, the IndyCar Series and V8 Supercars.
"I'm getting used to jumping from different car to different car, which hopefully will help because I'm going to have to pick up on what it takes to be fast there pretty quickly," he added.
"I want to show some serious competitiveness, and whether that brings home a win or a podium, we'll have to wait and see.
"But if I can get the most out of the car, and race at the pointy end of the field, that will be fantastic."
Briscoe will be the fifth Australian to make his Champ Car debut at Surfers Paradise. Team Australia driver Will Power did the same last year, and he currently leads the rookie standings.