V8SDS: Mark McNally Winton summary

GRITTY DRIVE GETS A TOP TEN FOR MCNALLY Mark McNally's never-say-die attitude has landed him 9th place overall at Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series today at Victoria's Winton Raceway. Mark started 12th in the final race today and got...

GRITTY DRIVE GETS A TOP TEN FOR MCNALLY

Mark McNally's never-say-die attitude has landed him 9th place overall at Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series today at Victoria's Winton Raceway.

Mark started 12th in the final race today and got off the line well and was competitive throughout, showing good race pace and pressuring Dean Canto (former Series winner) in the latter stages of the race for 7th place.

"Even though I didn't have the outright pace I would have liked we had a car that was very driveable in race conditions," Mark said.

"The guys made some positive changes to the car and if we had another race we would have headed further down that path."

The first lap of Race 2 was chaotic in the opening corners for most of the field and it was no different for Mark.

Mark ended up involved in someone else's incident and found himself turned around and well beyond the back of the field.

When he rejoined the circuit with broken bodywork at the rear of the car a Safety Car was called while other cars were cleared.

A smart call by his team to have him pit straight away to remove the bodywork saved Mark the possibility of a black flag and gave him the opportunity to close up at the rear of the field for the restart.

"It was a great move by the team, it gave me a second chance in that race."

Mark was able to make it from the back of the field all the way to 14th place by the end of the race which set him up for the top ten finish.

The meeting definitely did not go to plan but when you consider the problems we had on Saturday to come away with a top ten finish is a credit to everyone for sticking at it until the end of the meeting.

Mark's next round is at Bathurst on 9-12 October.

-credit: mm

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