V8SDS: Howard Racing Oran Park preview

Howard Racing pilot prepares for Oran Park following international duty With some fresh stamps in his passport and a top three BritCar finish under his belt Howard Racing driver Adam Sharpe is hoping to record a solid result at the fifth...

Howard Racing pilot prepares for Oran Park following international duty

With some fresh stamps in his passport and a top three BritCar finish under his belt Howard Racing driver Adam Sharpe is hoping to record a solid result at the fifth round of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship at Oran Park this weekend.

Sharpe returned to his Gold Coast base on Monday after a three week stint in the United Kingdom where he competed in the final round of the 2007 Brit Car Championship in a Ford Falcon AU. The visit proved successful for the 22-year-old who despite a tyre blow out and an incident involving his teammate, finished inside the top three.

"While the cars are extremely different it is always nice to get some additional time behind the wheel in between races," Sharpe said.

"I am looking forward to returning to Oran Park for the second time. I'm in a lot better car this year and we keep making progress each round. I've just got to keep pushing along and strive for a solid result."

This weekend Sharpe along with teammates Andrew Thompson and Mark Howard will record Howard Racing's 200th race start since the team was established in 2002.

"It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication over the last five years to reach the point we have today with Howard Racing being a regular on the grid in the V8 Supercar development series races," Howard said.

"There have been a number of highlights over the years and we have had some great drivers work with the team. The biggest milestone for all involved would have to be winning the championship last year with Adam Macrow at the helm.

"We have also grown into one of the most professional outfits in the pits with a number of great staff and a comprehensive community program which visits schools on the Gold Coast to educate young drivers on road safety."

Assisting Howard Racing to celebrate their 200th race start is Andrew Thompson who will be looking to climb up the championship ladder from sixth position.

"Since Queensland Raceway we have been going over a few things and trying to learn from the changes we made which didn't work out previously," Thompson said.

"We've put together a good starting setup for Oran Park which can be built upon with the goal of sticking it onto pole and winning the round -- something which has been difficult this year, but I think this weekend will be different."

The Howard Racing squad will take to the track on Friday 17 August for practice with qualifying and race on Saturday. The round will conclude with the final two races on Sunday.

-credit: hr

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