V8SDS: Decina Racing Bathurst Thursday notes

SOLID BATHURST INITIATION FOR DECINA RACING A 30-lap, day one initiation at the famous Mt Panorama circuit has instilled added confidence into Speed FX/Decina Racing's Round Six Fujitsu V8 Supercar campaign as part of the Supercheap Auto...

SOLID BATHURST INITIATION FOR DECINA RACING

A 30-lap, day one initiation at the famous Mt Panorama circuit has instilled added confidence into Speed FX/Decina Racing's Round Six Fujitsu V8 Supercar campaign as part of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Sydney driver Michael Caruso set aside the fact he had never previously driven around the 6.213 kilometre circuit, showing great poise and patience to maintain pace with the top 10 drivers throughout today's two, 35 minute practice sessions.

The 23 year-old finally settled into 11th overall on the timesheets which has given the Speed FX/Decina Racing crew reason to smile leading into tomorrow morning's crucial qualifying session.

"Today was all about getting a feel for the track and I must admit it was sensational to be setting competitive times at the most famous of all Australian race tracks," confirmed Caruso.

"Towards the end of the second session I was really starting to get into a regular groove and that's a positive way to go into qualifying.

"We've got a huge couple of days ahead of us and everyone involved with the team is focused on one thing and that's to come away from Bathurst with a solid result.

"The crew has prepared a great car and we can't wait to go racing tomorrow."

Speed FX/Decina Racing team Manager Jim Morton was suitably impressed with his young charge, particularly with his ability to adapt to the technically demanding Mt Panorama format.

"It's all about feeling his way into the track here at Bathurst and there's no doubt Michael now knows where it goes," said Morton.

"We were getting quicker as the day went on and I'm more than comfortable being placed in the top dozen.

"I'm sure some of the other guys would have used new tyres towards the end of that second session so 11th isn't too bad at all."

Game time presents itself first thing tomorrow morning when Caruso will pilot the Decina Falcon from 8am during a 20 minute qualifying session to decide the starting grid formation for tomorrow afternoon's first of two races from 12.40pm.

-credit: www.decina.com.au

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