DYLAN O'Keeffe would love nothing more than to snag the first Super2 podium of his career at Mount Panorama this Saturday, but even if he can't manage to do so there will be plenty to make him smile.
This season is the first for the 21-year-old in the Super2 Series - one which acts as the second tier to the Supercars - and he has so far been the best performed rookie.
He currently sits eighth in the championship with five top-10 placings through the nine races in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VF.
It is the same car which Chris Pither took to last year's Super2 crown and one Garth Tander raced in the 2017 Supercars series.
"It's actually one of the newer ones, it's only a couple of years old. It's the exact same car that Tander was driving, so that's pretty cool," O'Keeffe said.
This week is not the first time O'Keeffe has put his driving skills to the test at Mount Panorama - he competed here as part of the Carrera Cup series and also has Bathurst 12 Hour experience in a Porsche.
But it will be the first time he has tackled the 6.213 kilometre circuit in a supercar.
"The cars we have, compared to the main series, aren't that different, they are virtually the same cars so that will be really cool in itself, to be able to say I've driven a supercar around Bathurst," he said.
"It's a great privilege, I've driven cars around there which are just as fast as supercars, if not quicker, but just driving the supercar on it's own will be pretty cool."
As has been the case since 2104, the Super2 Bathurst round will not be split into multiple races, but rather involve a 250 kilometre mini-enduro on Saturday.
It will offer 300 points to the victor, so O'Keeffe sees it as a good opportunity to improve his standings.
Though it will mark the longest driving stint of his racing career thus far and also involve an 85-litre fuel drop and four-tyre change, O'Keeffe has confidence in himself and his GRM crew.
"In the championship point of view, this weekend there are a lot of points up for grabs in one very long race, it will be the longest single driver race I've done so far which will sort me out ... but I know I can go the distance," he said.
"I think my team does have a lot of experience, I think hopefully we can make up a few spots on strategy and on pit stops. This is probably one of the only races of the year for us where qualifying is not so important, when you do a 20-lap race, where you qualify is generally around where you will finish.
"Even though you want to show good one-lap speed, a lot of positions can be made up in the pits and my guys will be pretty good with that. My engineer is also very smart, so I have a lot of confidence in him to pick the right strategy.
"It's not a typical race Bathurst, anything can happen and probably will. So we will try and get it to the finish and hopefully we will stack up quite well. I'd love to finish on the podium and I think we've got all the tools there to do the job, but there's still a long way to go to get there."