MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR MCNALLY AT ORAN PARK
Mark McNally scored his best round result of the year in the Fujitsu V8 Supercars at Oran Park this weekend and achieved his goal of finishing in the top ten of the series.
After qualifying 7th on Friday and finishing 6th in race 1 McNally drove to a solid seventh in the wet final today.
The result gave him 5th for the round, his best yet, in what was a stellar way to finish the year.
"The conditions were really trying out there today," Mark said.
"We struggled to get tyre temperature and got all fogged up in the car after I got up to fourth place early."
Once the safety car came out Mark was able to de-fog the car and resume the battle with David Reynolds and Marcus Zucanovic.
"Zucanovic had a lot of pace in the wet while myself, Reynolds and Webb were all about the same.
"Beyond mid-race I decided to be a bit more conservative and make sure I finished the race without getting involved in the heat of battle."
Also with the goal of climbing into the top ten in the series standing this weekend, the performance did exactly that to give him more points than any other round this year to propel him into tenth place.
"I think that this weekend showed that we are building momentum and it puts us in good stead for next year."
"I can't thank John Silverthorne of NRW enough, he not only sponsored us but he lent me his car to race in the last two rounds of the year.
"My family and everyone at West Coast Racing have been a great support to me and I really appreciate it.
"The BJR team have done a great job all year and deserve much of the credit for this result; we worked really hard to develop a set-up that worked for me and I think we achieved that.
"My engineer Matt Boniface has helped my performances become stronger throughout this year.
"I want to congratulate my brother Glenn on his performance in the V8 Utes this year, it was truly impressive to take out rookie of the year honours in such a competitive category.
"From myself and everyone at West Coast Racing I would like to send my best wishes to Lucas Dumbrell who was seriously hurt in a Formula Ford race on Friday, our thought are with you guys at this difficult time."
Heading into the summer break Mark has much work ahead to secure sponsorship for the 2009 season.
"Things have got a bit tougher out there in the business world and it is harder to get companies on board but I am confident we can offer them value for money.
"It is just a matter of renegotiating with the ones that have supported us this year and looking for new ones also."
"We have really stepped up this year and I know that we will have an even better year in 2009."