V8SDS: Drew Russell Queensland race one report

After a difficult qualifying session that saw Drew Russell and the Novocastrian Motorsport Team struggle to find a good car setup, Drew has fought back hard in race one of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 2008 to finish just outside the top ...

After a difficult qualifying session that saw Drew Russell and the Novocastrian Motorsport Team struggle to find a good car setup, Drew has fought back hard in race one of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 2008 to finish just outside the top 15.

In a race that saw almost half the racing laps completed under safety car, Drew Russell has been able to charge his way up 9 places from 25th to 16th at the chequered flag.

Through a combination of other driver's errors and opportunistic passing moves, Drew worked his way up the order, putting him in a much better position for the rest of the weekend.

The race started poorly for Drew, getting away slowly and dropping back to 26th position going into the first corner. He was able to quickly gather it back and gained a place back through turn four.

Drew was up to 21st at the end of the second lap after further passing moves and a number of incidents on the track.

One of these incidents forced the safety car out, temporarily stopping Drew's charge.

The safety car came in again at the start of lap 5 leaving Drew right on the tail of Shannon O'Brien. Drew went to the outside of O'Brien into turn 3, but was unable to make it stick, slotting back in behind him.

Drew was fighting hard with Joel Spychala for 18th position on lap 8 and went down the inside of him into the final corner just as the second safety car of the race was called out onto the track. As a result, Drew was forced to drop back behind him for two laps while a car was removed from the sand trap.

They were back racing on lap 11 and Drew had championship front runner Michael Trimble right on his tail. Drew fought hard keeping Trimble behind him while passing Spychala on turn one.

The safety car was out for the third time in the race before the lap was complete after another car spun off and became stuck in the sand trap.

There was just one flying lap remaining when the safety car came in with Drew sitting in 17th position, Trimble still right behind him.

On the re-start Drew was involved in a fierce battle with a number of drivers. He was able to pass Andy Knight through turn 4 whilst fighting hard to defend his position.

Drew and the Novocastrian Motorsport Team were very happy to bring the car home safely in 16th position today. Bringing it home with no damage, unlike many of the other cars in the field means they are looking forward to repeating their hard charge in Sunday morning's race.

Drew and the Team would like to thank Lencrow for their continued support helping to get them to the track this weekend.

-credit: dr

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Drivers Shannon O'Brien , Drew Russell