HOWARD RACING TEAM EXTEND FUJITSU SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH SENSATIONAL WAKEFIELD PARK VICTORY
Gold Coast based V8 Supercar team Howard Racing have won their second consecutive round of the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Goulburn's Wakefield Park Raceway today with team driver Adam Macrow winning two of the three races and extending his lead in the championship to an impressive 72 points.
After qualifying on pole Macrow won the opening race convincingly ahead of Luke Youlden and Shane Price, then lined up for the start of the reverse grid race two at grid position 34.
Macrow got a clean start and drove a very steady, solid race climbing 25 places to finish ninth and start the final 30-lap race from the front row of the grid.
Team mate Mark Howard who finished the first race in 22nd place started race two from 12th on the grid but a couple of off track excursions saw him slip back to 16th by the end of the race.
Macrow beat Youlden to the first corner in the third race then dominated the 30-lap race from start to finish while team mate Mark Howard fought his way through the field from 22nd to finish 13th.
Macrow won the round ahead of Luke Youlden and Nathan Pretty and now, after two of seven rounds commands an impressive 72 point lead in the championship.
"There is no doubt that we hope to carry this form on to the next round of the Championship at Queensland Raceway," Macrow said.
"We have very solid lead after this weekend but we can not afford to get complacent as that's when you tend to have a downfall, so we will just push on and treat the next round like any other.
"The car had great race pace today, full credit to the whole team as the recent engine developments really seem to be paying dividends," Macrow explained.
Despite his mixed race results Howard Racing Team Principal Mark Howard finished the round in 13th place and also sits 13th in the championship on 339 points.
"I am absolutely thrilled with Adam's performance this weekend," Howard said. "This is a great result for the whole team but we still have a long way to go in the championship.
"Personally I had a bit of an up and down weekend but I did have a good final race and came through from 22nd to finish 13th which wasn't too bad.
"I have slipped back to 13th in the championship but we are heading to Queensland Raceway for the next round of the championship which is also our test track so hopefully I will be able to regain a few championship spots," Howard commented.