V8SDS: Mark Mcnally Phillip Island race two report

McNALLY BOUNCES BACK AT THE ISLAND Mark McNally turned his weekend around today after storming from grid 24 to finish 11th in the final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. After gearbox problems left the Western Australian stranded ...

McNALLY BOUNCES BACK AT THE ISLAND

Mark McNally turned his weekend around today after storming from grid 24 to finish 11th in the final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

After gearbox problems left the Western Australian stranded yesterday, Mark was determined to end his year on a high.

"Once again I got a great start and worked my way up to 13th in the opening lap," Mark said.

"I kept plugging away but my set-up was not quite right and it cooked the tyres as the race went on."

Mark was as high as ninth during the 19 lap race before a wild spin coming onto the straight almost ended his weekend on the second-last lap.

"I was staring at concrete for a split second there," Mark said.

"Fortunately it came around the right way and I only broke a mirror off."

The strong performance was a fitting end for the whole team and sponsors.

"It has been a baptism of fire for us since deciding to run our own team," Mark said.

"Crashing at Bathurst made it difficult for all of us; the crew had a big job to do to repair the car for this weekend and I had only driven 30 laps in a 19 week period."

Support from all of the team sponsors was so important in keeping Mark on the track and giving him a future in motorsport.

"I can't thank our sponsors enough, especially John Silverthorne and the guys from NRW; they have basically been at every round and given us the confidence to keep going forward."

The past two rounds have given the team time to prepare for their assault on the 2008 Series.

"We are going to give it a huge shot in 2008.

"We will have a fully equipped team, and with the experience and sponsors we now have we should be able to make a huge impact."

Glenn McNally's debut V8 Ute race meeting was impressive with an outstanding performance in this morning's reverse-top-15 race.

Glenn spent much of the race in third place and looked like challenging for 2nd at one stage.

A late race missed gear dropped him two places to finish fifth.

"It was so much fun out there," Glenn said.

"Now I know what it is going to take to be competitive in this series."

Glenn went on to finish tenth in the final race sending a clear message to his competitors to watch out in 2008.

West Coast Racing will work over the Christmas break to finalise plans and prepare for their assault on the 2008 racing season.

-credit: markmcnally.com.au

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