Thomas Randle

Thomas Randle paid his final visit to world renowned driver trainer Rob Wilson in the UK with his Tickford Racing engineer Raymond Lau.

Randle, who is in the middle of his rookie season in the Repco Supercars Championship, recently returned from a second stint with Wilson.

The trip was planned months ago and took place between The Bend and Sandown Supercars tours, after the 26-year-old made his first visit in 2019.

Wilson trains racing stars in Formula 1, IndyCar and WRC and has worked with Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas as well as Supercar drivers.

There was one key difference this time around, with Randle bringing race engineer Lau with him.

The duo worked together in 2021 for all three of Tickford’s wildcard pilot appearances, continuing together for Randle’s main game graduation this year.

“For me it was more of a refresher, but my engineer, Raymond Lau, came with me as well,” Randle told Speedcafe.com.

“I think he got a lot out of it, because I guess he’s never driven a race car before and he’s used to looking at the twisty lines all the time.

“So he was in the car with us; I guess for him it was great to be able to feel what the car actually feels when you put different inputs into the car and handle it in different ways.

“Even if you achieve the same lap time, how can you achieve it in different ways. I think it was really good for him.

“We did two days with Rob at Donington [Park] then we went to Belgium the next day and spent a day with the M-Sport Ford factory WRC team.

Thomas Randle and Raymond Lau

Wilson has been doing his job for three decades and focuses on raw riding technique rather than telemetry.

“What it teaches is…sometimes you don’t need to look at the data, but rather rely on the feel and your inputs into the car,” Randle explained.

“What you actually do with the steering wheel, with the pedals, the accelerator, the brake, all that kind of stuff and how you can influence what the car actually does on the track.”

Randle believes the latest visit will see him approach his riding differently, using some techniques in last weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.

“I think sometimes you can go a little too deep in the data,” he added.

“Thinking, for example, that you have understeer, when in fact you might just be carrying too much speed into the corner.

“It was just a good reminder; maybe sometimes relying more on what I’m actually doing in the car and maybe not so much on the setup.

“I think the car [last] weekend [was] really there or almost. There are things I can do that will influence that.

“I was just trying to stay calm and focused and work on my contributions.”

As revealed by Speedcafe.com, Thomas Randle will continue in the Supercars Championship with Tickford Racing in 2023.

The next round for Supercars is the ITM Auckland SuperSprint from September 9-11.