MCNALLY AND RICCIARDELLO RACE FOR WA PRIDE AT PHILLIP ISLAND Hi-Tec Oils Racing pairing Mark McNally and Tony Ricciardello are keen to do their home state of Western Australia proud in the first of the V8 Supercar endurance events, the L&H 500...
MCNALLY AND RICCIARDELLO RACE FOR WA PRIDE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Hi-Tec Oils Racing pairing Mark McNally and Tony Ricciardello are keen to do their home state of Western Australia proud in the first of the V8 Supercar endurance events, the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, this weekend.
McNally and Ricciardello are the first all-West Aussie driver combination in the V8 Supercar 'season of endurance' since Kerry Wade and Grant Johnson teamed up in the Orrcon entry of Larkham Motorsport in 2003, finishing 18th at Bathurst.
McNally will make his fourth V8 Supercar Championship Series start at Phillip Island, sharing driving duties with Ricciardello in the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore.
Ricciardello is a six-time Australian Sports Sedan Champion and was on the podium at Mount Panorama earlier this year by taking second place in the Bathurst 12 Hour production car race.
Entering his fifth Bathurst 1000 race next month, Ricciardello will be able to lend his experience to his V8 Supercar rookie team-mate at Phillip Island this weekend.
Both McNally and Ricciardello were pleased with the progress made at the team's recent test day at Winton Motor Raceway last Tuesday, working closely with Race Engineer Oscar Fiorinotto to prepare the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore for the first of this season's endurance events.
HI-TEC OILS RACING QUOTEBOARD
Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"It will be good fun racing at Phillip Island with such a different format and of course it's nice to be paired with a fellow West Aussie," said McNally.
"With the shorter races on Saturday it will be great fun to just knuckle down and go flat out for and not have to keep in mind the things you look after over a longer race distance.
"Then the Sunday race is going to be a case of being smart. We have both prepared pretty well and in a lot of ways Tony can help me through it a bit as he's done endurance races before because it's all new to me.
"If we stick to our plan and keep out of trouble we can get a good result at Phillip Island for Hi-Tec Oils Racing.
Tony Ricciardello - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"The thing about Phillip Island for both Mark and myself is just to be really consistent and keep the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore out of trouble," said Ricciardello.
"The Sunday race is a long race and you will have a lot of new guys and also a lot of experienced guys out on the track all at once, so you've got to be smart about it and really concentrate on doing everything right.
"Mark and I have been able to joke a bit about being the only West Aussie pairing out there and we had a good, solid test day last week at Winton, so I'm looking forward to Phillip Island."