Marshall records best practice result with new sponsor on board Marcus Marshall has recorded his best ever practice result today at the Hamilton 400 with the Team IntaRacing driver finishing inside the top eight in practice at the second round...
Marshall records best practice result with new sponsor on board
Marcus Marshall has recorded his best ever practice result today at the Hamilton 400 with the Team IntaRacing driver finishing inside the top eight in practice at the second round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series in New Zealand.
The result caps off a dramatic week for Marshall and Team IntaRacing who can now go into the event with an air of confidence after revealing leading appliance manufacturer, Fisher and Paykel would sponsor the team for the Hamilton 400.
Earlier this week, Team IntaRacing announced that it was business as usual for the Gold Coast-based team despite the closure of major sponsor, Access Cash.
"It is fantastic to welcome Fisher and Paykel on board for the weekend," Marshall said, "Especially considering the company has such strong roots here in New Zealand."
"There has been great interest shown in Team IntaRacing since the announcement was made that our sponsor Access Cash would be closing and withdrawing from V8 Supercar racing," Marshall added.
After re-familiarising himself with the Hamilton street circuit, Marshall recorded the seventh and eighth fastest times in today's final two practice sessions.
"It is the highest both myself and the team have ever been in practice and things are looking even better for qualifying and race one tomorrow," Marshall said.
"The car made a lot of progress between Adelaide and the Australian Grand Prix and it is better again. We are also learning how the team works best together. The result comes at a great time as we start to look for a new major sponsor."
Team IntaRacing Manager, Keith Evers said the result was fantastic for the team who have experienced a challenging seven days.
"After a very stressful week it was great to see the crew pull together today and produce a car which Marcus [Marshall] can really put his teeth into. It is extremely rewarding on a personal level considering it is our third race meeting together," Evers said.
"It is fantastic to have Fisher and Paykel on board for the weekend and I am confident that we will continue to move forward tomorrow and hopefully make the top 10 shootout," he concluded.
Qualifying for the Hamilton 400 will take place at 11am tomorrow with the top 10 shootout and race one to commence at 11.55am and 3.05pm respectively.