DECINA FORCED TO FIGHT HARD AT WAKEFIELD PARK The Speed FX/Decina Racing team will start from the rear of the grid in tomorrow's opening 17-lap feature race, during round two of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park. Braking...
DECINA FORCED TO FIGHT HARD AT WAKEFIELD PARK
The Speed FX/Decina Racing team will start from the rear of the grid in tomorrow's opening 17-lap feature race, during round two of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park.
Braking issues forced an early exit for driver Michael Caruso, who completed just four laps in trying conditions, during this afternoon's 20 minute qualifying session.
A positive outlook and overall durability to knuckle down to the job at hand will form the basis of the proposed Decina fight back as they shape up for a vital three race assignment tomorrow.
As spelled out by Speed FX/Decina Racing boss Jim Morton, the equation is simple if driver Michael Caruso wants to maintain a place among the leaders in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship beyond this weekend.
"Without doubt it's going to be a real test of character for Michael," confirmed Morton.
"While this is a disappointing start I know we can all bounce back.
"If you look at the positives, we go into tomorrow with a new set of tyres plus another set with just a few laps under them.
"With the second race starting in reverse grid formation, maybe we can turn it around and start from the rear of the grid in both races."
While understandably deflated, Caruso was immediately setting himself for the job ahead, knowing full well what's at stake.
"This is our test track so I know my way around here and I've just got to plug away and work my way through the field in the first race," said Caruso.
"We set ourselves well in Adelaide's first round but now we're faced with a whole new set of circumstances.
"It's not the ideal position but I know the guys in the crew will get everything sorted with the brakes overnight and give me the best possible chance.
"We race for points tomorrow and that's where it counts.
"If we want to maintain our place in the Championship race we just can't afford to drop our bundle here."