V8SDS: Howard Racing Queensland test notes

New recruits have successful shake down with defending champions On the eve of Howard Racing's attempt to secure back-to-back Development Series crowns, Andrew Thompson and Adam Sharpe have completed successful test days with the team they will...

New recruits have successful shake down with defending champions

On the eve of Howard Racing's attempt to secure back-to-back Development Series crowns, Andrew Thompson and Adam Sharpe have completed successful test days with the team they will call 'home' for the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship.

The two young talented drivers joined Team Principal, Mark Howard at the intensive two day test conducted at Queensland Raceway last week.

Howard completed over 100 laps of the Queensland Raceway circuit and is feeling confident with his race package for the first round of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next month.

"It was a very productive test day," Howard said. "I thought I might be a little rusty after a three month break but we really got into the swing of things early in the day.

"Our new recruits (Andrew Thompson and Adam Sharpe) had their first hit out in their Howard Racing BA Falcon's and I was very encouraged by both of their results.

"There is an old saying in Motor Sport that you are only as good as your last race. Considering this, a lot of people will be out to gain the advantage on Howard Racing for the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship, but I believe with Andrew and Adam we have a strong chance of creating history and securing back-to-back Development Series crowns."

For Thompson, the test day meant getting used to his new car, which drove former Howard Racing driver, Adam Macrow to championship victory in 2006 and learning how it would react to changes.

"I pretty much spent most of Monday's test day getting used to the car and finding out how it reacts to changes," Thompson said.

"By Friday we were able to put some race runs together and ensure the car is right to go for Adelaide this weekend."

Sharpe also made gains from his 2006 season, with the 24-year-old quickly adjusting to the Howard Racing Ford Falcon BA after formally competing in a Ford Falcon AU.

"The BA is totally different to compared to my car last year," Sharpe said. "It felt fantastic and I was able to come to grips with it early in the day."

"I think the new car, new team and the fact I will be running all races this year will make a huge difference to my results."

According to Team Manager, Warren Davis the test days also provided the Howard Racing's the first opportunity to test the Dick Johnson Racing prepared engines, with the machinery complementing the team's Triple Eight Race Engineering Chassis.

"Last weeks test days were the first chance we had to see how the new engine packages would work and I was extremely pleased with the outcome," Davis explained.

"It was not only the cars that performed seamlessly, all three drivers worked well and the team, including our new members really gelled."

-credit: hr

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Drivers Andrew Thompson , Adam Sharpe , Mark Howard , Adam Macrow , Dick Johnson