V8SDS: Decina Racing round four preview

INTERESTING POINTS * Warren Luff still holds the quickest time ever done at the Queensland Raceway in the Mitsubishi Mirage Series stopping the clock at 1:25.4124. * A strong round at Eastern Creek has seen Luff jump from fifth in the ...

INTERESTING POINTS

* Warren Luff still holds the quickest time ever done at the Queensland Raceway in the Mitsubishi Mirage Series stopping the clock at 1:25.4124.

* A strong round at Eastern Creek has seen Luff jump from fifth in the championship standings to second and is now just 24 points behind leader Adam Macrow with four rounds remaining in the HPDC V8 Supercar Series.

* Luff has been confirmed as the driver who will partner back-to-back V8 Supercar champion Marcos Ambrose for the 2005 Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

* Luff completed a successful Test with Stone Brothers Racing last Friday (July 15) running a number of laps behind the wheel of the Pirtek Falcon to familiarize himself with the car and to help in the collection of data for the team.

* Paul Cruickshank Racing will be officially opening its new Yatala workshop in the week leading up to the Queensland 300.

THOUGHTS ON QUEENSLAND RACEWAY -- WARREN LUFF

"Queensland is a round that I am really looking forward to," said Luff.

"Obviously it is our test track and it is the team's home round and we are looking for a really strong showing there and continue to claw back more points on Macrow's championship lead.

"The guys are just adding the finishing touches on the car after putting some new panels on and they in fact are ahead of schedule and everything is looking good.

"The SBR test went very well, I managed to get a few laps in the Pirtek car and the team made some progress with regards to set up for this weekend which is important for them.

"It also gave me seat time, which obviously helps with my familiarisation of the car heading towards Sandown and Bathurst."

THOUGHTS ON HPDC QUEENSLAND ROUND - PAUL CRUICKSHANK

"We got out of it nicely from Eastern Creek and we are happy with that," said Cruickshank.

"The turnaround was nice and easy, there was just a little bit of panel work to do as a result of the dreaded reverse grid race. But it was only a couple of doors and a few panels so it was pretty much superficial damage.

"The engine was fresh before we went to Eastern Creek and so we did a drive line turn around and general service and have put in the Queensland set up that we hope is good enough to go get them.

"On our second test we came up with something that we believe is a pretty good set up to start on Friday, but we didn't get the opportunity to confirm those settings at the third test due to the rain.

"But Warren has done enough miles around the track and the style of car that we have is a proven runner at Willowbank, so with these factors combined with the team's knowledge of the track we are starting off on the front foot.

"It's time we had a round win and being at home it would be great to do it here. We are only focusing on winning and make no bones about it we want this round win.

"But we are also mindful that there are still a lot of points up for grabs and so we will be aiming to close the 24-point gap between us and top spot in the championship."

-dr-

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