V8SDS: Decina Racing Mallala Saturday notes

LUFF TO START FROM SECOND ROW AT MALLALA Decina Racing's Warren Luff will start from the second row of the grid in the opening race at Round Five of the 2005 HPDC V8 Supercar Series at Mallala Raceway in South Australia tomorrow. In a tight...

LUFF TO START FROM SECOND ROW AT MALLALA

Decina Racing's Warren Luff will start from the second row of the grid in the opening race at Round Five of the 2005 HPDC V8 Supercar Series at Mallala Raceway in South Australia tomorrow.

In a tight fought qualifying session held this afternoon Luff, the 2004 V8 Supercar Rookie of the year, set the fourth fastest time aboard his Decina Racing Falcon, less than four-tenths of a second behind the fastest time set by Championship leader Adam Macrow.

Today's effort means for the fifth time in as many rounds this year that Luff has qualified inside the top five.

"Overall I am reasonably happy, but of course it isn't exactly where we want to be, the car is fairly good but we need to make some minor adjustments to get the car together," said Luff.

"At the moment we are still searching for a little bit more grip all round, I am confident going into tomorrow's races that we will have a consistent car which will enable me to move up the order, especially in the longer final race.

"The aim tomorrow is to keep out of trouble, in particular during the reverse grid race, rack up as many points as possible and hopefully close the gap on the Championship leader."

Team Principal Paul Cruickshank believes that a conservative approach will reward Luff with a good result tomorrow.

"While fourth is not the ideal situation to be in, we have to work with what we have got and be consistent throughout the opening race then keep out of trouble in the reverse grid race. The aim is to start from the front row for the final race of the day and give ourselves a good chance at the round victory, as we have done so for every round this year," said Cruickshank.

"We came into the weekend with the aim of chipping away at Macrow's lead in the Championship with a consistent race pace and patience I am confident that we will be able to achieve this aim."

Once again it is a closely fought affair at front of the pack with the top five drivers being separated by half a second around the 2.6km Mallala circuit during qualifying today.

"There is not much between the top four or five which means the racing will again be extremely close," said team owner Jim Morton.

"The start and turn one will be very important, especially in the reverse grid race, Warren has made great starts all year and hopefully he can continue this form tomorrow.

"If we are going to stay in the chase for the Championship finishing in front of Macrow will be vital tomorrow."

Luff's Paul Cruickshank Racing team-mate Phillip Scifleet set the ninth fastest time during today's qualifying session.

Tomorrow will consist of three races, including a reverse grid 16-lap journey with the round being highlighted by a 28-lap feature at 3:15pm.

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Drivers Phillip Scifleet , Warren Luff , Adam Macrow , Paul Cruickshank