TOUGH DAY AT WAKEFIELD FOR DECINA RACING
Speed FX/Decina Racing driver Michael Caruso maintains a top 10 placing in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series despite a disastrous weekend of racing at Wakefield Park.
The Sydney based outfit was left to ponder what might have been after a starter motor failure before race three, delivered the final blow during an incident charged event.
Caruso was a forlorn figure in the pits when his Decina Falcon was unable to start under its own power.
Adding insult to injury the Sydney based campaigner was given a 30 second drive through penalty, after a final lap passing incident with Shannon O'Brien during race two.
Despite finishing the race in second spot, the penalty meant Caruso was pushed down to 25th position on the starting grid for the third race.
But that mattered for little as the starter motor failure, coupled with yesterday's braking malfunction, manifested a forgettable weekend for the team.
"There's not much to say, nothing went right for us all weekend and now it's back to the drawing board," said Caruso.
"When we were able to put some miles on the track I think we proved we are more than capable, but that's racing.
"We'll have to regroup and be ready to put in a big effort in Queensland in late July."
Those feelings were reiterated by team owner Jim Morton.
"We can only hope that we've now got all the bad luck out of the road in one hit," said Morton.
"Michael was very impressive after yesterday's disappointing qualifying result and he was well in contention leading into the third race.
"If there was one positive it would definitely be the way Michael fought back and put us in a solid position before the final race."
Earlier in race two it was all about elevation under the reverse grid starting formation and Caruso's typical hard charging ways ensured the best possible result.
Starting from 15th, courtesy of a 14 car jump on the leader board during the opening race, the Decina Falcon covered the 17 lap journey with distinction to finish in second place.
However that result too was tempered as the post race penalty dropped Caruso to 25th position.
It was also a gutsy first up effort this morning by Caruso after starting from the rear of the grid in race one to finish inside the top 20.
Seven of the opening eight laps were under safety car conditions but at the resumption the New South Wales driver stayed strong, steadily climbing positions on every lap.
The Speed FX/Decina Racing campaigner was particularly strong under brakes, however his charge up the leader board was steadied with four laps to go when the safety car was again called upon, taking the field through to the chequered flag.
A chance for redemption presents itself on July 21-23 in Queensland during round three of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.