V8SDS: Optima Sport Friday Queensland notes

TOP EIGHT FOR OPTIMA IN OPENING DAY Optima Sport has enjoyed an encouraging start to the third round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series by setting the eighth fastest time during practice at Queensland Raceway today. With the aim...

TOP EIGHT FOR OPTIMA IN OPENING DAY

Optima Sport has enjoyed an encouraging start to the third round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series by setting the eighth fastest time during practice at Queensland Raceway today.

With the aim of continuing his impressive run from the opening two rounds, David Clark was again making waves among a massive 41-car field, holding on to the second fastest time early in the second practice session this afternoon.

As the session continued the four-time Australian karting champion maintained consistent pace to post his fastest time on his final flying lap of the session.

"Overall I'm pretty happy and today's two sessions which have provided us with a good base to start the weekend with," said Clark.

"We put a set of new tyres on near the start of the session which gave us a good idea of what to expect of the car during qualifying, but what was even more encouraging was the fact that I set my fastest time on my final flying lap when the tyres were far from new.

"The car seems to be very fast during the first sector, which includes the fast turn one and two, but we're still struggling a little to get the power to the ground on the exit of the tighter turns."

Clark's time was under 0.6 seconds behind the time set by Mark Porter around the 3.12km circuit ahead of Wayne Wakefield and series leader Adam Macrow.

Qualifying will be contested tomorrow morning with the opening of three races for the round to be contested in the afternoon.

CLARK BACK TO KARTING

Clark warmed up to this weekend's round by returning to his roots while competing in the Uhrhane Family Charity Karting Challenge at the Ipswich Kart Club.

Despite not driving a kart since 2000 he slotted straight back into the fold by setting the pace during practice in a star studded field of entries which was inundated by former Australian karting champions who have made the transition to V8 Supercars.

The 27-year-old finished a close second place behind fellow Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series driver and 2003 KartStars Champion, Andrew Thompson who claimed the $5,000 first prize to be donated to the charity of his choice. Thompson chose the Guide Dogs Association of Queensland as the beneficiary of his win while Clark was participating for SIDS.

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Drivers Andrew Thompson , Mark Porter , Adam Macrow , David Clark