APR: CVW Manta Racing Clipsal preview

Hard work set to pay off for CVW Manta Racing at Clipsal 500. One of the constants in the universe is that hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run, and there is often no greater example of this theory than in motorsport - where...

Hard work set to pay off for CVW Manta Racing at Clipsal 500.

One of the constants in the universe is that hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run, and there is often no greater example of this theory than in motorsport - where hard work and good preparation are prerequisites for a successful racing campaign.

South Australian based Australian Performance Car Championship team CVW Manta Racing will be out to put the philosophy to the test at next weekend's Clipsal 500, as driver Steve Cramp debuts his brand new HSV VY GTS commodore in the first round of the newly renamed and restructured Performance Car series.

The experienced team has invested over 420 man hours into the design, construction and preparation of the new car during the off season, and all parties are confident that the Clipsal 500 weekend will make for a competitive season opener to put the team right into the championship chase from day 1.

"We have invested 420 man-hours of work into this car, and we wouldn't have done that if we didn't think that it was worth it to be competitive against this field," explained Cramp.

"We need to be scoring points right from the word go. Obviously, we want to be in the top 6 right from the start of the season in Adelaide, and if we can score some top 3's or perhaps even a win along the way it would be fantastic."

The experienced competitor said that the team had made definite gains with the new car that should see them competitive right from the outset at the demanding 3.2km Adelaide circuit.

"We have some new, specially developed Bilstien shocks in the car to help out with the car's overall balance, which is very important at a track like Adelaide. We have also made some significant gains in braking, which we believe will help a great deal.

"We tested at Mallala (raceway) a fortnight ago and the car was immediately better in all areas straight out of the box."

With the series not visiting the rural South Australian track for a round this year, the Clipsal 500 becomes the team's home event - a fact that according to Cramp, may help his personal performance in what is set to be a busy weekend of racing.

"We are obviously very keen to have a good start to the championship, and get a good result in front of our home crowd." He said.

"Because most of the competitors have raced here before and the fact that it is a temporary circuit, mean that there really isn't much of a home track advantage racing at Adelaide, but I think that fact that its near home makes me a bit more relaxed competing at this event, which will hopefully mean I drive just that bit better."

Steve Cramp and the CVW Manta Racing team will put their hard work and solid preparation to the test in three, 9-lap races to be held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Clipsal 500 carnival.

-www.cvwmantaracing.com

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