Konica: Rupprecht Motorsport Eastern Creek preview

Adelaide based Rupprecht Motorsport continue their campaign in the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series with Round 4 this weekend at Eastern Creek Raceway, west of Sydney. The three-car team may be Adelaide based, but two of the drivers are...

Adelaide based Rupprecht Motorsport continue their campaign in the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series with Round 4 this weekend at Eastern Creek Raceway, west of Sydney. The three-car team may be Adelaide based, but two of the drivers are competing in their home state. Sydney based Phil Scifleet and Mal Rose are looking forward to a big weekend.

The last Round at Winton was an eventful weekend, with two of the three Falcons crashed out of Race 2 (of 3). The good news was that the sole surviving car #89 driven by Adelaide's Adam Wallis finished all three races near the front, and Adam remains in 8th position in the Series point score.

Adam has been successful all season with his fast, but not furious style, to bring home a bag of consistent results. If he can improve his qualifying position on past performances, there is every chance of a podium position this weekend.

"The new cylinder heads and exhaust system will provide more with some extra power", said Adam. "I'm hoping to improve my qualifying position on previous performances because Eastern Creek only has a few passing opportunities."

Phil Scifleet in the Doric #90 Falcon continues to show good speed and aggression and some strong finishes have helped him stay in the top half of the series points so far. Unfortunately, consistent results are eluding him due to race incidents in each of the first three rounds.

"We need Phil to keep it tidy this weekend", said team owner Ralf Rupprecht. "He is a very good driver and the car has performed well, but we need to keep the car circulating and keep out of the way of the inevitable incidents".

The third car in the Rupprecht Motorsport fleet, the #55 AU Falcon has had a different driver at the wheel for each round, but Mal Rose makes a welcome return to the driver's seat, still fresh with the memory of a win in race 2 of Round one earlier this year.

"I'm looking forward to driving a competitive Ford. Eastern Creek is a difficult track for passing, so qualifying and a good result in Race 1 are crucial".

Mal Rose speaks frankly about his two round appearances in the Series; "Let's be honest, you can't win a championship by competing in only two rounds. I am driving a competitive car out of the Rupprecht Motorsport workshop, and it gives me a chance to keep race-fit for a V8 Supercar endurance drive and to promote my supercar hotlap business".

After a busy weekend at Eastern Creek, Mal will be packing for Germany, where he will be campaigning a Mitsubishi Mirage in the 2004 Nurburgring 24 Hour race.

Ralf Rupprecht is confident about his charges this weekend. "With some luck on our side and provided there are no major mishaps there is no reason why we can't have two cars on the podium at Eastern Creek."

Round 4 of the 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series will commence on Saturday, 22nd May with a three-race format (including one reverse grid) at the Eastern Creek Raceway on Sunday, 23rd May.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mal Rose , Adam Wallis