V8SDS: Howard Racing Bathurst Thursday notes

Macrow and Howard take to Mount Panorama Dominant Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development series squad Howard Racing has kicked off its Bathurst campaign in typically strong style today, with current breakaway points leader Adam Macrow finishing 3rd ...

Macrow and Howard take to Mount Panorama

Dominant Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development series squad Howard Racing has kicked off its Bathurst campaign in typically strong style today, with current breakaway points leader Adam Macrow finishing 3rd fastest after today's opening practice sessions.

Macrow recently became the first ever development series driver to record five round wins in a row, and is hoping to ride the wave of success to notch up number six at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit.

The team made various adjustments to his Betta Electrical-liveried Falcon in their quest for the top spot, and certainly did not disappoint -- Macrow put almost four-tenths of a second between himself and second position in practice 1.

Practice two netted some similarly successful results, and Macrow opted for discretion and conservation as he came home in third place.

"It's been a good opening day, its quite a busy schedule for me so I'm pretty pleased with how we have gone in the practice sessions," said Macrow.

"The car is working very well, there are only a few minor adjustments to be made ahead of qualifying tomorrow, and I feel very confident lapping around here, which is important if you're going to go for a good time."

"Maintaining my championship lead is the primary goal this weekend, but that doesn't mean I won't give my all to try and score the win."

Mark Howard started his Bathurst campaign on a positive note, finishing comfortably within the top 15 places in a massive 40-plus field of development series entrants.

Howard headed out for the second session, determined to further stake his claim for a top ten spot, but encountered trouble at the infamous 'Cutting' at the top of the mountain.

He clipped a wall as he pushed his Howard Racing Falcon to the limit, which resulted in a broken watts linkage later in the lap, putting a premature end to what looked to be a very promising session for the Gold Coast property developer and face of the Howard Group.

"This morning we made a great start to the day, I knuckled down and really managed to improve on my time to finish in 15th which was good," said Howard.

"It wasn't to be in practice 2 however, I made contact coming across the mountain, and with nowhere to go the wall caused quite a bit of damage which is disappointing."

"The team has been working very hard this afternoon to prepare the car for qualifying, I've got every confidence in the guys in getting us ready to go out again first thing."

Howard and Macrow will set their alarm clocks for an early qualifying start tomorrow, with the session kicking off at 8am. The first of two 14-lap races will get underway at 12.40pm.

-credit: hr

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