V8SDS: Mark McNALLY Phillip Island race one report

GEARBOX NEUTRALISES McNALLY'S CHARGE AT THE ISLAND Mark McNally's charge through the field came to a halt on lap 8 when he succumbed to gearbox failure in race 1 at Phillip Island today. After qualifying 20th earlier, it was a lightning...

GEARBOX NEUTRALISES McNALLY'S CHARGE AT THE ISLAND

Mark McNally's charge through the field came to a halt on lap 8 when he succumbed to gearbox failure in race 1 at Phillip Island today.

After qualifying 20th earlier, it was a lightning start and opportunistic driving that saw Mark make is way to position 13 in the opening lap of the race.

"I got a rocket of a start," Mark said.

"But as we headed down the straight and I went to select 6th gear it just wouldn't go in which left me with only 5 gears to race with.

"I was only about .6 seconds a lap off the pace even without 6th gear and was able to pass a handful of cars in the opening lap scramble."

As the race progressed and Mark had made his way to 12th and settled into a pace that was heading for a top-ten finish before the gear selector came out completely leaving no option but to park the car for the rest of the race.

Mark's dramas began yesterday when his gearbox overheated and then kept jumping out of gear in qualifying.

"It wasn't a lot of fun having to drive one-handed while holding the gear lever in place," Mark said.

With little time to the first race the Hobson's were kind enough to loan the team a gearbox for the race while team members headed to Melbourne to remove a gearbox from the team ride car.

"Unfortunately the replacement has let us down, but without it we would not have made the race.

"It's a real shame because I was making good progress.

"We have good car pace and now that the gearbox is sorted out should be able finish on a strong note even though I am starting well back," Mark said.

"The whole team and sponsors have put a lot into this year and it would be just reward to give them a strong result as well as giving everyone a boost going into next year."

Glenn McNally impressed in his first outing in the V8 Utes this afternoon.

After qualifying 17th this morning, Glenn made his way to 13th place in the opening race.

"That was a great race," Glenn said.

"It is good to get the first one out of the way; finishing 13th is a bonus and a confidence booster heading into tomorrow."

Mark will compete in his final race of the year at 2pm tomorrow while Glenn has two race at 9.40am and 12.55pm respectively.

-credit: markmcnally.com.au

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