McNALLY SETTLES IN Mark McNally continued his progression in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway. Mark went to the round determined to make it into the top 50% group for qualifying, and he achieved that...
McNALLY SETTLES IN
Mark McNally continued his progression in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.
Mark went to the round determined to make it into the top 50% group for qualifying, and he achieved that goal by being 17th fastest in practice.
Set-up changes for qualifying didn't go to plan and Mark ended up qualifying 23rd on the grid for race 1.
"We went the wrong way with the car set-up for qualifying," Mark said.
"Significant changes were made before Race 1 and they really paid off."
Mark was making progress in the early part of Race 1, gaining a number of places in the first three laps.
Lap four was full of drama as a number of cars ahead of Mark clashed in turn 1, causing mayhem.
Clipping someone on his way through, Mark was turned around putting him back to 30th position. The incident brought out the safety car.
"I took evasive action but there were not many ways through the mess," Mark said.
"I only just clipped the other car but it was enough to turn me around."
The car had only superficial damage from the incident and Mark was able to continue on.
"The safety-car came at a good time for me," Mark said.
"I was able to catch up to the field and basically start my race again -- from the back."
From that point on Mark was on a mission, gaining ten places before the end of the 16 lap race.
"I was really happy with the car in that race," Mark said.
"The balance was right and except for the lap-four tangle I had a good race."
Mark had the eighth fastest lap of the race.
After starting 15th for the final race of the round today Mark was turned around once again early in the race, cutting a rear tyre and causing body damage.
"I had to make multiple pit-stops to repair the damage in Race 3," Mark said.
"Apart from that my race-pace was quite fast, I have a pretty good handle on the track.
"Oran Park is quite a technical track and I got myself dialled in ok over the weekend," he said.
"Getting turned around twice over the weekend hurt my results pretty badly so they were not reflective of the pace that I had.
"Overall I was happy with the progress I made this weekend and the crew did a great job getting the car set-up right.
"I am now looking forward to testing next week at Winton and then our next round at Mallala," he said.