DECINA RACING SHAPES FOR QUEENSLAND REDEMPTION The very circuit where Michael Caruso confirmed his place for Speed FX/Decina Racing's 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar campaign will set the scene for the 23 year-old Sydneysider's next assignment in the...
DECINA RACING SHAPES FOR QUEENSLAND REDEMPTION
The very circuit where Michael Caruso confirmed his place for Speed FX/Decina Racing's 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar campaign will set the scene for the 23 year-old Sydneysider's next assignment in the National Series at Queensland Raceway.
The Mona Vale based outfit travel to Willowbank for the July 21-23 showdown boasting an extremely relaxed and confident perspective for the third round encounter.
Caruso carved up the 3.12 kilometre Queensland circuit in an impressive first up test session late last year which solidified team owner Jim Morton's belief in the overall capabilities of his young charge.
Since then the team's season has been a mixed bag, enjoying the thrill of a first up podium in Adelaide before mechanical woes curtailed any chance of a repeat performance at Wakefield Park in late May.
But a faultless 100-lap test session has ironed out any dramas and it's anticipated Caruso will be given every opportunity for success aboard the Decina Falcon.
"Queensland was the first track I raced at on my return from Italy with the Astromega F3000 team and it's a place that I know we can get the job done and come away with some vital championship points," confirmed Caruso.
"We couldn't have asked for a better preparation. Our lap times set in testing would have put us in a competitive position at the Wakefield round but that's behind us now and the only way is forward.
"I managed a race win at Queensland on my way to claiming the Formula 3 National Championship in 2003.
"There's limited passing opportunities on track so there'll be added pressure during qualifying.
"But I've got faith in the team's ability to package the best possible set up for the Decina Falcon and can't wait to go racing this weekend."
Caruso's confidence is matched by Morton's enthusiasm to have his driver continue a positive progression in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
The team owner believes the maturity his driver showed last round will hold him well for the remainder of the season and expects the results to follow.
"Although car woes hampered our results last event, Michael was still driving very fast and managed to generate plenty of car speed under difficult conditions," said Morton.
"He's adapted very well and backed that up during testing where we put together our best full day of testing to date.
"Michael's in an extremely happy mood after his beloved Italy won through at the World Cup and our thanks is extended to the Stone Brother Racing engine shop for the work they've put in since the last round.
"Wakefield certainly didn't do our championship chances any good but as we saw last year all teams may also encounter problems throughout the remainder of this season.
"Hopefully luck will balance things out a little and there's no doubt we've already had our fair share of misfortune in one big hit.
"With Adam Macrow charging out in front it frees us up a bit so far as our own attitude is concerned and we'll just look to run up the front as much as possible and see how it all pans out."
The Queensland program of events in Fujitsu V8 Supercars will consist of 2x16-lap features with the second under reverse grid format plus a third and final 28-lap race.