V8SDS: Decina Racing Adelaide preview

GAME TIME FOR SPEED FX RACING It's game time for Speed FX Racing in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend in Adelaide and the chances of success for driver Michael Caruso in the Decina Falcon have been enhanced by a first class...

GAME TIME FOR SPEED FX RACING

It's game time for Speed FX Racing in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend in Adelaide and the chances of success for driver Michael Caruso in the Decina Falcon have been enhanced by a first class preparation towards the Clipsal 500 season opener.

The team enjoyed a constructive 90-lap test day at Wakefield Park last week, which netted the ultimate goal of ensuring each of the 14 member crew have a thorough understanding of their responsibilities on race day.

"It was a great opportunity for all the new and old members of the team to start to gel plus it gave us a good gauge on what needs to be done to ensure the Decina Falcon boasts a perfect set up for Adelaide," declared Speed FX/Decina Racing boss Jim Morton.

"There were no issues at all with the car or driver and everyone in the team is excited by what we saw during a perfect shakedown for the weekend.

"You can't buy experience in these cars and whatever laps we can provide Michael are a bonus at this early stage of the year."

Despite a lack of genuine V8 Supercar experience, Caruso knows exactly how to win on tight street circuits.

The 22 year-old secured pole position and chequered flag honours to open his Championship winning Australian Formula 3 season at Adelaide in 2003.

A year earlier the Sydneysider showed tremendous speed on the streets of Surfers Paradise to set a new lap record, leaving him more than confident of handling the 3.22 kilometre Adelaide assignment.

"We ran the test day with a set up close to what we'll run with at Clipsal and even got faster as the day went on driving on old tyres so that's a positive way to go into this first round," said Caruso.

"Like the first round in any championship it's important to get a good start.

"We know the car's good enough to do the job and the team is moulding together nicely so there's no reason we can't put it all together in Adelaide.

"For me it's a real settling environment at Speed FX Racing, particularly as I've known Jim for quite a while and know exactly what he expects from me."

Similarly, Morton's faith in his young charge comes from many past successes, including major Australian and International championship title in karting.

"He has a good temperament and I'm in no doubt the restrictions on space on Adelaide's street circuit won't be a concern," added Morton.

"We've been working him up to speed getting him ready for the season.

"In the Fujitsu Series there's a strong accent on the need to accumulate points and this first round is vitally important to setting up a good season.

"Michael knows the deal and together I'm sure we can all move forward and enjoy a successful season."

The Speed FX/Decina Racing team will contest two, 24-lap events in Adelaide.

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