V8SDS: Mark McNally Oran Park Sunday notes

MCNALLY SURVIVES THE BIG WET Mark McNally survived a rain soaked day at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway for Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series today. After forging his way from grid 22 to finish in 12th place in yesterday's dry Race 1 Mark...

MCNALLY SURVIVES THE BIG WET

Mark McNally survived a rain soaked day at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway for Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series today.

After forging his way from grid 22 to finish in 12th place in yesterday's dry Race 1 Mark was confident of making further inroads into the ultra-competitive field.

The rain sodden track this morning upset the team's progress with the dry weather set-up and all data gathered to that point basically useless.

Mark had a battle on his hands with the wet set-up in the reverse-top-ten race, dropping down the field throughout the race to eventually finish outside the points.

"We just couldn't get any grip in the wet," Mark said.

"After that race we will need to make some serious changes if we want to go forward in the final."

The final was once again a wet affair with Mark making considerable progress in the early part of the race, moving up from grid 14 to race as high as ninth place.

It was on lap 16 of 25 that Mark was caught out in the scramble of cars trying to avoid Michael Caruso's out of control car.

"I ended up off the track in the chaos after Caruso went off," Mark said.

Dropping back to 25th place, Mark pressed on.

Despite a further minor lose late in the race, Mark was able to fight back to finish 17th by the end of the race.

"The car was much better in the final," he said.

"We had some good speed and seemed to find a set-up that was working in the wet.

"Apart form the two incidents the car felt pretty good.

"It is a shame that we didn't get the opportunity to finish the meeting in the dry because we really need to do some work on the dry set-up."

We need to get back to the test track now before Bathurst and try to find some of the speed that we have lost since Winton.

There are two rounds of the Series left, Bathurst in October and Phillip Island in December.

-credit: mm

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