MCNALLY HITS THE TRACK IN PREPERATION FOR PHILLIP ISLAND V8 UTES Rhys McNally hit the track at Eastern creek last week in preparation for his attack on the V8 Utes Series at Phillip Island next weekend. With a nine week break since last racing...
MCNALLY HITS THE TRACK IN PREPERATION FOR PHILLIP ISLAND V8 UTES
Rhys McNally hit the track at Eastern creek last week in preparation for his attack on the V8 Utes Series at Phillip Island next weekend.
With a nine week break since last racing at Townsville Rhys was happy to get comfortable behind the wheel again before the ferocity of competition.
"We have had a really long break, and although I have been working hard on my physical fitness there is no substitute for time behind the wheel," Rhys said.
Having driven the ute at Eastern creek a number of times now Rhys has been able to benchmark himself each time he returns to the team test track.
"We had a really tough day on the first day with an engine problem we could not find," he said.
"The boys worked really hard to find out what it was, change entire wring looms and computers, but were not able to locate the problem on the day."
After working into the night they identified a partially blocked fuel filter for the intermittent problem, which was easily rectified for the second day.
Rain interrupted proceedings on the second day with plenty of wet weather driving for Rhys.
With some dry weather late in the day Rhys was able to put down his fastest laps ever at Eastern Creek which gave him confidence heading into next week.
"I know I have the race pace to compete at the front, we just need to be able to do it in the heat of competition," he said.
"Phillip Island is a track I have been to before so I will be able to go hard from practice 1 which should put me ahead of where we have started at most tracks this year."
Rhys benefited from a number of drivers being penalised in Townville for illegal fuel which moved him up the results to fourth overall, his best result yet.