V8SDS: Drew Russell Oran Park final notes

MORE POINTS FOR GIANT-KILLING DREW RUSSELL AT ORAN PARK 18-year-old Newcastle driver Drew Russell, driving his ...

MORE POINTS FOR GIANT-KILLING DREW RUSSELL AT ORAN PARK

18-year-old Newcastle driver Drew Russell, driving his #58 Perpetual Water sponsored VX Holden Commodore, has continued to embarrass better-funded outfits and vastly more experienced drivers in the most recent round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series at Oran Park.

Russell scored championship points for the second time this season, finishing 14th in the first of three races held during the fifth round this year.

Earlier in the weekend he showed impressive pace throughout practice, driving the oldest car in the field to 11th in the first session and 19th in the second.

It was qualifying, however, where Russell really showed his promise -- setting the 17th fastest time just 1.3 seconds off the pace.

His time of 1m10.3695s showed how strong the Fujitsu field is this year -- that lap good enough to place Drew 31st in the 'main game' V8 Supercar championship field.

In race one Drew made a solid start and hovered around the top sixteen for a majority of the race, before leaping into the points paying position on the final lap to record another valuable three championship points for 14th position.

At the same time he finished ahead of several 'big' names within the Fujitsu series and continued to prove his potential as a leading light in V8 racing given the right circumstances.

Conditions turned wet on Sunday, Russell struggling for power-down in the Perpetual Water / Go-Karts-Go sponsored car and finishing 19th.

In even wetter conditions in race three he was one of many competitors caught out by the conditions, spinning off the circuit after eight laps.

Despite the unfortunate end to the weekend the Novocastrian racing team declared themselves satisfied with the weekend.

"We were extremely pleased with qualifying, that was our best effort by about 10 places," Drew Russell said.

"In race one I settled in and let the others fall off in front of me and I was able to get into the points, which was fantastic. We lost the setup just a little bit but it was good to get back into the points.

"In the second race I struggled for drive out of the corners. The third race was just a case of me trying a little to hard to make up positions and I spun off. We had some decent speed in that race so we were definitely making progress." He admitted.

"When you look at the Oran Park results compared to what we achieved in Queensland, it's remarkable," Ever-enthusiastic team owner Wayne Russell said.

"We are continually making changes to the car setup to try and get more speed out of it and all the time we are learning.

"Qualifying was particularly fantastic. By qualifying within the top 20 we're giving us half a chance to get into the points now, which is great.

"We took a step forward at Oran Park and hopefully we can keep doing that." He enthused.

The team will next be in action at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, between October 4 -- 7.

-credit: dr/nr

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