V8SDS: Optima Sport Oran Park Friday notes

OPTIMA SPORT NINTH FASTEST ON OPENING DAY AT ORAN PARK Optima Sport has continued to show its speed in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series by setting the ninth fastest time during practice at round four of the championship at Oran Park Raceway in ...

OPTIMA SPORT NINTH FASTEST ON OPENING DAY AT ORAN PARK

Optima Sport has continued to show its speed in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series by setting the ninth fastest time during practice at round four of the championship at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney today.

During the previous three rounds of the championship David Clark has shown some impressive pace aboard the Optima Sport Falcon and today was no different.

While today was Clark's debut aboard a V8 Supercar at the long-standing New South Wales venue, the four-time Australian karting champion competed aboard a Formula Ford at the 2.7km circuit in 2001.

"The Optima Sport Falcon is a fair bit different to drive than racing a Formula Ford around here. You can't attack the circuit as much as you can in a Formula Ford, you have to keep it all flowing in a V8," said Clark.

"With every lap today I was continually improving my lines and by the end of the second session I felt quite comfortable behind the wheel."

Despite being hampered by a slight handling problem aboard his Optima Sport Falcon Clark was pleased with the time he set, which was a mere 0.7883 seconds behind the fastest time set by Shane Price.

"While I'm pleased with the time set during today's final practice there is still a fair bit of improvement to come before qualifying," said Clark.

"I'm having trouble turning the car on entry into the corner which is costing me a fair bit of time, hopefully we can find a solution for that overnight."

Team owner David Macdougall was once again pleased by the performance of his tight-knit team and is confident of the team being amongst the top ten for the duration of the round.

"Once again Dave put in some good, consistent lap times throughout both sessions. His times were even more impressive considering a handling issue in the front end which we're confident we can sort out by qualifying tomorrow," said Macdougall.

"I'm encouraged by the fact that we're becoming a regular in the top ten and our focus is now to give Dave a good car for qualifying which will lead to a good starting position for the opening race."

Qualifying will be contested tomorrow morning followed by the opening 16-lap race in the afternoon. A further two races will be contested on Sunday to complete the round.

-credit: www.optimasport.com.au

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