FIRST UP PODIUM FOR CARUSO WITH DECINA RACING Exciting young Sydney driver Michael Caruso executed a first class performance to capture second place on debut in the Decina Falcon during race one of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide...
FIRST UP PODIUM FOR CARUSO WITH DECINA RACING
Exciting young Sydney driver Michael Caruso executed a first class performance to capture second place on debut in the Decina Falcon during race one of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide this evening.
Buoyed by a third row start after qualifying this morning, Caruso showed determination, grit plus an over riding desire to succeed, and in the process confirmed his status as a genuine contender in this year's championship.
Confidence was high in the Speed FX/Decina Racing camp after Caruso's solid beginning to the season, but everyone realises there's still another 24-lap feature race to go tomorrow morning.
The 22 year-old driver had to pull out all the stops during the opening few laps after a slow start, but his hard charging ways paved the way for a second placing at the half-way mark, a position he never relinquished.
"We managed to labour our way back well and I just feel so very excited with the switch to V8 Supercars this year, I love it," said an excited Caruso after the race.
"We'd set a really good race pace in the Decina Falcon and there's no doubt the more I drive the car, the esier things are going to continue to fall into place.
"I had my own expectations that I wanted to do a good job for the team and now we're half way there to recording a great start to the year."
Those sentiments were supported by team owner Jim Morton, who, as a seasoned campaigner in National motor racing competition takes full stock of what lies ahead.
"Michael did everything right, he raced hard and finished strongly and that's all we asked of him from the outset," said Morton.
"This weekend is a two race format and so the points are split evenly and if e can put it together tomorrow it'll make it the ideal start.
"I'm extremely happy because we have quite a few new people with the team this year and I've got no doubt we'll only get stronger from here.
"We've got motor racing legend Ron Tauranac assisting with the set up of the Decina Falcon and his help has been tremendous so I'm sure we can come out firing and close out our Adelaide campaign on a good note tomorrow."
Today's race didn't go without its share of dramas with six laps completed under yellow flag conditions after Marcus La Delle crashed heavily into the wall at turn eight.
By the end of the 24 laps it was reigning champion Adam Macrow the only driver between Caruso and chequered flag honours, while Grant Denyer completed the Ford trifecta.
Earlier today Caruso had set himself up for a solid showing by chipping away and converting some improving lap times during qualifying.
Despite a 20 minute delay mid-way through the session, the rookie maintained composure and set about continuing momentum over the concluding stages.
That tonic enabled him to record some solid sector times that shot him to third on the timesheets at one stage, before settling into sixth.
Tomorrow's second and final race is set down for 9.50am.