MCNALLY EXPECTS STEEP LEARNING CURVE FOR V8 SUPERCAR DEBUT Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Mark McNally is well aware of just how tough his V8 Supercar debut will be at the Dunlop Townsville 400 in far north Queensland this weekend. The West ...
MCNALLY EXPECTS STEEP LEARNING CURVE FOR V8 SUPERCAR DEBUT
Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Mark McNally is well aware of just how tough his V8 Supercar debut will be at the Dunlop Townsville 400 in far north Queensland this weekend.
The West Australian will make his first ever start at the top level of V8 Supercar competition this weekend after four years in the second-tier Fujitsu V8 Supercars.
As the city of Townsville gets set for its first ever V8 Supercar event, McNally will be sharing the locals' sense of anticipation and excitement as the 27-year-old realises a lifelong dream to race at the top level of the sport.
McNally is determined to learn as much as he can behind the wheel of the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore this weekend, keen to concentrate purely on finishing both 200-kilometre races and staying out of trouble.
WHAT MARK HAD TO SAY ...
Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
QUESTION: What to do you do to prepare for your V8 Supercar Championship Series debut?
"It's a big task that lies ahead of me. In terms of preparing myself, I made sure I came over to Melbourne to Kelly Racing to learn about the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore and all the crew and just try to chip away at it and understand what I have to do, because it's a big step from the Fujitsu Series to main series.
"The races are a lot longer and the level of competition is far superior. So it's about getting in and learning steadily, and then progress from there."
QUESTION: Townsville is a brand new track for you to learn but everyone is in same boat. What have you been doing to learn the circuit?
"Ideally, I would have loved to go up to Townsville early to have a look around the track and get away. But because I was in Darwin and then home to Perth before getting over to Melbourne to meet everyone at Kelly Racing, that wasn't possible.
"As soon as I get to Towsville I will hit the track and walk around the circuit with Todd, Rick and Jack and all our engineers. On the track walk you really try to break down the course and analyse it as much as you can and work out the best way to attack it from there."
QUESTION: You've been racing a V8 Supercar for a few season now but this will be your first event in the main series. Obviously the level of competition and the demands of the races will all go up a level. For you, do you have any expectations for your first race in the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore?
"For me, how is it going to feel? Well, I guess first up it's going to be really exciting because to get behind the wheel of the H-Tec Oils Commodore in the main series is a dream come true.
"Expectation-wise, to be honest I really don't have any. I'm not going to focus on specific targets. For me it's about getting used to the car and where all the dials and switches are, getting comfortable out on track and starting to work on getting some speed out on the track.
"My main goal is to go out there and stay out of trouble, do every lap and try to get as much experience as I can."