RACE WIN AND GOOD PACE FOR OPTIMA AT ORAN PARK Optima Sport recorded its maiden race victory in the Fujistu V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today. Team driver David Clark made a statement in today's opening race by ...
RACE WIN AND GOOD PACE FOR OPTIMA AT ORAN PARK
Optima Sport recorded its maiden race victory in the Fujistu V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today.
Team driver David Clark made a statement in today's opening race by leading from start to finish in the 16-lap journey.
As a consequence of yesterday's incident filled opening race the four-time Australian karting champion started the reverse-grid race from pole position. By the end of the opening lap he had opened a handy buffer before continually extending his lead and crossing the finish line over two-seconds clear of his nearest rival.
Clark started the final race from 25th position. Once again his speed on cold tyres aboard his Optima Sport Falcon was impressive with the 27-year-old moving up seven spots during the opening lap.
By midway through the 28-lap race Clark had moved inside the top 15 and was on track to record an impressive top ten result before being forced to the pit area to remove a dislodged driver's side window. When he returned to the circuit he was in 33rd position.
Over the final 15 laps Clark was one of the fastest drivers on the track moving up 12 spots to cross the line 21st.
"I was encouraged by the speed shown today and it proved we can be one of the pace setters in the championship," said Clark.
"It would be good to have a trouble free weekend and stop getting the blame for incidents which may not be entirely my fault.
"I was one of the fastest drivers on the track during the final race and was on track to finish inside the top ten before the window popped out and I was forced to pit.
"I look forward to next round at Mallala where hopefully we can transfer our speed into a result."
Team owner David Macdougall was pleased with the pace again shown by the team throughout the weekend.
"It wasn't our best weekend, we probably took too long to get on top of our set-up but had a strong car in the final race," said Macdougall.
"Dave made some good early positions on track for a top ten this afternoon, but the driver's side window dislodged and we were forced to come into the pits to have it removed.
"I'm encouraged by the fact that Dave again showed some good speed and made a lot of spots. I look forward to returning here next year armed with the data we gained this weekend."
Series leader Adam Macrow continued his winning streak by taking the round victory ahead of Shane Price and Matthew White.
The next round of the championship will be contested at Mallala Motorsport Park on September 15 -- 17.