TOP TEN FINISH FOR MCNALLY IN BLISTERING MALLALA HEAT
Mark McNally finished ninth in the final race, and tenth outright, in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Adelaide's Mallala Raceway today, his best result yet. Although the blistering heat, 30 degrees outside the car and up to 50 degrees inside, took its toll on the super fit Western Australian, he drove with maturity over the 28 lap distance.
"It was a good result today," Mark said.
"The heat was unbelievable but I got through it with my best result yet."
The entire meeting was a big step forward for Mark as he showed that he is truly getting a handle on V8 Supercars and is becoming more of a threat with every meeting.
After qualifying 15th yesterday, Mark improved on every result by finishing 14th, 12th and 9th in the three races respectively.
The result gave Mark 10th overall, which gives him confidence leading into the next round at Bathurst in October.
Race 1, 16 laps: Start 15, Finish 14
"I had good race pace throughout and got up as high as 12th at one stage but locked a brake and ran wide at the end of the back straight.
"I was pushing hard and just overstepped the mark a little on the braking.
"This cost me a few places but I was able to push on and start catching the pack again towards the end of the race."
Race 2 Reverse-Grid, 16 laps: Start 15, Finish 12
"I started virtually mid-pack and once again had good, consistent pace.
"I worked my way through the group in front of me and was placed as high as 9th during the race.
"Towards the end I was traveling pretty well with both Adam Macrow and Shane Price behind me until on the second last lap Macrow came under me and Price followed.
"Twelfth was a good result considering there were a lot of the faster guys that finished behind me."
Race 3, 28 laps: Start 14, Finish 9th
"That was one tough race, the heat was unbelievable.
"You know it is getting hot when you feel the heat rising up through the floor and into your feet.
"I wish there is a way you could train for those conditions.
"I am happy with the result, it is my best yet.
"I missed a gear late in the race, after I had worked so hard to pull a gap on Jay Verdnik, which allowed him and Kane Scott to pass me on the next turn.
"It is good to finish a race so strongly and get a top ten result for the team.