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Top Ten start gives Cramp strong chance for forward progress at Wakefield. A Flu -- ridden Steve Cramp has qualified an unlucky 10th place for tomorrow's second round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Wakefield...

Top Ten start gives Cramp strong chance for forward progress at Wakefield.

A Flu -- ridden Steve Cramp has qualified an unlucky 10th place for tomorrow's second round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, New South Wales.

After showing strong pace during yesterday's two practice sessions, where the CVW Engineering HSV VY Commodore was 6th overall, today's result comes as something of a disappointment for Cramp who heads into the Wakefield round intent on clawing back points for the championship after a tough opening round in Adelaide two months ago.

Cramp held 6th position for a majority of today's solitary qualifying session, before being bumped back down into his eventual 10th place with just five minutes remaining in the session.

"The car was quite good today, but the grip just wasn't there," Explained the Adelaide based driver. "We put two new left hand Tyres on during the session which found us about half a second and pushed us into the top 6, but we ended up getting bumped to 10th place by the end of the session."

"I guess it was just one of those days you have in this sport," he said. "The fact I've come down with the flu may have a bit to do with it, but there really isn't any excuses. We were looking good for most of the session before the other cars went faster than us, it's as simple as that."

Despite the mid pack qualifying position, Cramp's best lap of 1m05.8361 leaves him under a second and a half from pole position, and in the middle of a seven car pack covered by less than eight tenths of a second -- proving that the car and driver aren't far from the leading pace.

"The Four wheel driver cars are just so fast here, but we expected that before this meeting. We need to make sure we can go out there tomorrow and make sure that we finish all three races and make some progress forward in each one." He said. "We have to be sure we score championship points this weekend in each race -- that's the main goal."

Cramp also expects rubber will play a role in making progress through the field in tomorrow's races.

"Whilst some of the others (Competitors) are using good qualifying Tyres, we feel we have rubber this weekend that will be good in both qualifying and the races tomorrow. Hopefully they should see us looking good as the races go on." He explained.

The Donut King Australian Performance Car championship's second round will be comprised of three races at the 2.2km Wakefield Park circuit tomorrow, 2x12 lappers followed by a longer 17-lap encounter to wrap up the round.

Steve Cramp and the CVW Manta Racing HSV VY GTS Commodore currently lay 13th in the championship standings heading into this weekend's second round of the series'.

-www.cvwmantaracing.com

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