V8SDS: Howard Racing Bathurst Saturday notes

Macrow maintains series lead for Howard Racing Howard Racing's Adam Macrow has finished 4th in today's second leg of the Fujistu V8 Supercar Development Series at Bathurst, and has kept his strong points advantage intact with just a single ...

Macrow maintains series lead for Howard Racing

Howard Racing's Adam Macrow has finished 4th in today's second leg of the Fujistu V8 Supercar Development Series at Bathurst, and has kept his strong points advantage intact with just a single round remaining.

Having won every round so far in 2006, Macrow was determined to bounce back from 5th in yesterday's opening race, but was unable to reel in the leaders as the laps ticked over.

A safety car period at mid-race distance gave the drivers a chance to conserve their tyres and refocus on the final stages, and Macrow quickly sprinted away again with the leading trio.

With his strong championship lead in mind, Macrow, who will also compete in tomorrow's main 1000km race, opted to collect a large points haul rather than challenge and risk straying from the unforgiving 6.2km layout.

"My Howard Racing Falcon was great today, it had quite a lot of pace and we kept the leaders honest for the entire race," said Macrow.

"They seemed to be fighting fairly intensely over the top spots in the last few laps, and I made sure I kept in the hunt close behind in case anyone tripped up."

"The main thing is I took another big haul of championship points away, that's the primary goal now and we've only got a round to go before the title is decided."

"I'll be training very hard in the coming months to ensure I stay at full fitness for the last round."

He will now wait over 2 months to return to the racetrack as the Fujitsu Series takes an extended break before heading to the picturesque Phillip Island circuit for its final round on December 8-10.

Mark Howard enjoyed another solid run in the second race today, making his way to 18th position as the chequered flag fell.

Howard was aiming to lap cleanly and consistently around the circuit, and managed to pick off a number of competitors as he looked towards the top 15.

Unfortunately, a post-race penalty applied for passing under the safety car saw Howard excluded from the results.

While disappointed with the final outcome, Howard was encouraged by the performance of the car and said the team had done a particularly good job from the outset of the round.

"It's a shame to end up on a negative note as the race was very positive, we made some good progress there and the car was lapping quickly," said Howard.

"It's always a big thrill to race around Mount Panorama, and the team should be proud for preparing very good race cars for both myself and Adam."

"I'm looking forward to Phillip Island, where Howard Racing will hopefully take the Development Series win for 2006."

-credit: hr

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Drivers Mark Howard , Adam Macrow , Phillip Island