DECINA MOVES UP TO SEVENTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
On the back end of a round three eighth placing in Queensland, Decina Racing has pitted itself a little further into the top ten in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series.
Realising how vital points are in such a tightly contested National competition, team manager Jim Morton accepted the boost with open arms.
But at the same time, the long term mentor of Speed FX Racing driver Michael Caruso conceded the weekend could have been much better.
A race two coming together on the opening lap this morning forced Caruso into pit lane for a drive through penalty, but it wasn't until post race that the full extent of damage to the Decina Falcon was realised.
"Michael battled on to finish 29th in today's first race and we then we had to fight against time to replace the gear box and fix the front end before race three," said Morton.
"Starting from 10th, we ended up seventh in the third and final race but we just didn't have the race pace to compete with the front-runners.
"Maybe there was just something not right there, but we didn't give Michael the ideal car to make a challenge.
"But we'll take the points and look forward to campaigning back in Sydney at Oran Park in a few weeks time."
Similarly Caruso was disappointed he wasn't further up the leader board, particularly after dong the hard yards to earn a first up third placing yesterday.
Again his toiling ways were the feature of the weekend and with a little more luck it's expected the wins won't be too far away for the Speed FX/Decina Racing campaigner.
"After last round's disappointment we know things could have been a lot worse than they turned out here in Queensland and we'll just work on things before next round and remain positive," lamented Caruso.
"It's a game of margins and in hindsight the drive through penalty in race two proved costly.
"We were headed for a top 10 finish in that reverse grid race but instead were pushed right down the field and had to start further back.
"But we picked up a few spots and came home with a clean car so that's not a bad thing."
A number of team changes were orchestrated in Queensland, in particular the introduction of experienced engineer Des Conway.
Morton believes that addition coupled with some other personnel changes will provide an edge during the remaining four rounds of the championship.
"I was really happy with the way Des approached the weekend having spent limited time with us in the lead up," added Morton.
"He worked well with the guys and boasts a solid background in the V8 Supercar Championship which will be of great benefit to the Speed FX team.
"He'll have a little more time to work on things before Oran Park and we travel back home knowing we'll be even more competitive during the coming rounds."
Reigning series leader Adam Macrow made it three from three in 2006 after again claiming the chequered flag, followed by Shane Price and Jack Perkins who slotted into third.