V8SDS: Decina Racing Wakefield Park preview

DECINA RACING BIRTHDAY BONANZA AT WAKEFIELD It's hoped birthday wishes can be extended through chequered flag honours for Michael Caruso as he looks to go one better and guide Speed FX/Decina Racing to victory, during round two of the Fujitsu...

DECINA RACING BIRTHDAY BONANZA AT WAKEFIELD

It's hoped birthday wishes can be extended through chequered flag honours for Michael Caruso as he looks to go one better and guide Speed FX/Decina Racing to victory, during round two of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Goulburn's Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend.

Caruso, who turns 23 on Thursday, has been methodic in his approach to the 2006 season and under the guidance of team owner Jim Morton has managed a first up second placing during round one of the series at Adelaide's Clipsal 500.

That was three long months ago and for a young driver striving to make his name in the big time of Australian motorsport it's understandable he's champing at the bit and can't wait to get back on track.

Realising it's a long, hard road to championship success, Caruso is showing maturity beyond his years and a presence of mind to take the little victories in his stride.

"The birthday celebrations are definitely on hold. We're out there with a lot of experienced and talented drivers so we have to do the hard yards and only then can we be in a position to reap the rewards, said Caruso.

"In this game you just can't be complacent and while it was great to perform strongly in Adelaide that seems like an eternity ago.

"In saying that we've been professional in our approach having enjoyed a very successful test day at Wakefield Park three weeks ago and the data suggests we should be on the money come this weekend.

"We've got capable machinery in the Decina Falcon and all things go according to plan we'll have even more reason to celebrate come Sunday night."

As the test track for Speed FX/Decina Racing and being a circuit that Caruso is more than familiar with, team owner Jim Morton is comfortable with how things are shaping up.

The team has accumulated close to 200 laps at Wakefield Park already this year and that's 200 more than the vast majority of competitors in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

"We've had the technical guys at Stone Brothers Racing check over the engine and we're in no doubt it's fully prepared for our assault this weekend," confirmed Morton.

"Everything is really running like clockwork and Michael is finding a good rhythm in the car.

"Without getting ahead of ourselves I feel we're a lot stronger proposition than we were in Adelaide.

"The objectives will be much the same as last time, to come home with a clean car and take our chances when they present themselves.

"As a team we've gained strength in how we're starting to gel together and such a positive vibe can only assist our chances of success.

"This is our local track and the biggest event for Wakefield Park this year so we're counting on strong support and I'm sure we'll put on a show for the fans.

During recent testing, Caruso confirmed lap times in the vicinity of one second quicker than his initial test day data results, which is a further confidence booster towards the Wakefield assignment.

The Wakefield Park round on May 26-28 will feature a three race format with the second starting from a reverse grid.

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