JADED JOY FOR OPTIMA SPORT A post race penalty put paid to what was shaping as a career best finish in round three of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series for Optima Sport's David Clark in Queensland today. The recent test days at the 3.12km...
JADED JOY FOR OPTIMA SPORT
A post race penalty put paid to what was shaping as a career best finish in round three of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series for Optima Sport's David Clark in Queensland today.
The recent test days at the 3.12km circuit have continued to pay dividends for the Gold Coast based team with Clark setting the third fastest time during qualifying this morning.
After starting on the inside of the second row, Clark orchestrated today's 16-lap race on the less favourable right hand side of the main straight, which offered less grip and he subsequently dropped to fifth position.
Throughout the journey the Optima Sport campaigner battled with fellow rookie Shane Price for fourth and fifth position. When the safety car was deployed to retrieve the stricken car of Gary Deane on lap 12 it set up a two lap dash to the finish.
Clark positioned himself perfectly to mount a challenge on Price exiting the penultimate turn of the race before executing the pass mid way down the short straight before the final turn.
"The Optima Sport Falcon was very strong throughout qualifying and the race. The guys made quite a few changes overnight which gave me something to work with," said Clark.
"On the last lap the guys told me there was some oil on turn four, which I avoided and as a consequence got a good run on the guys in front of me which allowed me to get past Shane and cross the line fourth."
However, Clark's joy of recording his best result aboard a V8 Supercar was short lived when he was later given a time penalty of 27 seconds for passing Price for the fourth spot on the final lap under yellow flag conditions. The penalty dropped the Optima Sport driver to 30th position.
"It appears there was a yellow flag being displayed that Dave failed to see exiting turn five and he saw an opportunity and made the pass ten metres prior to the next flag point, unaware of the situation. The learning curve continues for the entire team," said team owner Dave Macdougall
Today's race was won by Mark Porter ahead of Adam Macrow and Michael Caruso.
Tomorrow's action will feature a 16-lap reverse grid and 28-lap race around the 3.12km Queensland Raceway circuit.