Barbagallo: Hi-Tec Oils Racing race one report

MCNALLY SAVES SOFT TYRE CARD FOR SUNDAY Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Mark McNally has saved his 'soft tyre' card for Sunday's 84-lap race following a 27th place finish in the opening race of the Bigpond 300 on Saturday. McNally was not able to...

MCNALLY SAVES SOFT TYRE CARD FOR SUNDAY

Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Mark McNally has saved his 'soft tyre' card for Sunday's 84-lap race following a 27th place finish in the opening race of the Bigpond 300 on Saturday.

McNally was not able to get on top of the handling of the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore in the opening race of the weekend, but is confident that a better set-up can be found for the longer Sunday race.

This weekend's Bigpond 300 is the first time that McNally has raced a V8 Supercar at his home track, with the V8 rookie relishing the opportunity to race in front of friends and family at the Bargaballo circuit.

Jamie Whincup won Saturday's race ahead of Todd Kelly and Mark Winterbottom, with a further 84-lap race to be held on Sunday.

WHAT MARK HAD TO SAY ...

Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:

"My home town advantage didn't help me," said McNally.

"I was happy with qualifying and my pace in that session. I had a drama with a bit of traffic and didn't get to capitalise on the true speed, but from pole to me was a lot closer than it has been.

"We were looking forward to going into Race 1, I was actually going in with quite a lot of confidence. I damaged the rear watts linkage in qualifying and then we had to put another one in so I don't know whether we did have an issue in the rear end but I picked up a lot of understeer, which really slowed me down because I couldn't get it in to any corners. Then when the front finally gripped I was having power-down issues on the exits.

"I was really disappointed with the race. It was tough with the lead cars being on soft tyres and when you're P29 they were on us in 10 laps. We had to pit early to try and have a bit of a strategy there and then I was just in traffic the whole time.

"We got through in P27 using our old tyres so we will put everything into Sunday. We will see if we can get on top of the car and have a good run."

-credit: h-tor

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Mark McNally