V8SDS: CVW Manta Racing Wakefield preview

Wakefield Park beckons for Cramp's Championship Challenge. Wakefield Park Raceway -- 2.2km of winding, undulating bitumen located just outside of scenic Goulburn in rural New South Wales. It is a notoriously tight, twisty track that endears...

Wakefield Park beckons for Cramp's Championship Challenge.

Wakefield Park Raceway -- 2.2km of winding, undulating bitumen located just outside of scenic Goulburn in rural New South Wales. It is a notoriously tight, twisty track that endears itself to smaller and lighter cars when it comes to racing situations.

Not, then, the ideal race track to make a championship charge when you are driving a 1400kg HSV V8 Commodore.

However, CVW Manta Racing driver Steve Cramp will be doing everything in his power this weekend to score as many points as possible against the lighter turbo cars that will head up this weekend's second round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship.

Adelaide's opening round of the series, held as a part of the Clipsal 500 two months ago, was a tough welcome to season 2005 for the team -- their brand new HSV GTS Commodore enduring an engine failure over the course of the weekend to relegate Cramp to a lowly 13th in the drivers standings.

Despite laying outside the top ten in the championship heading into a round that has traditionally favored the smaller cars that comprise a large portion of the Performance Car series, Cramp believes that they will be right on the money this weekend.

"We weren't too bad at Wakefield Park last season, where we managed to score some very consistent top 8 finishes against a very strong field," Commented the Adelaide -- based driver. "So considering the fact that the Commodore is a big and heavy car, we have demonstrated some good pace at Wakefield in the past."

Cramp believes that the pace the team's brand new car showed 'out of the box' at Adelaide shows plenty of promise for the Wakefield round -- and indeed the remainder of the season.

"We know this year car is a much better unit than last years," he said. "Since Clipsal we have built two new engines, and our number one unit is the most powerful one we have ever had. Aside from that, we have just been fine tuning the car to get the most out of it this weekend."

The Wakefield round of the championship features three races of varying lengths, with two 14 lappers and a longer 17 lap encounter meaning the Performance Racing field will get plenty of miles this weekend.

"We need to make sure that we carry good pace over the entire race weekend, especially since the races are fairly long," explained Cramp. "We aren't kidding ourselves heading into this round considering this is one of the tracks that doesn't suit our car, but we are very positive that we can run right inside the top half a dozen runners. If we can do that, we can score good points and get our championship challenge on track."

Action gets underway at Wakefield Park Friday with opening practice, before Qualifying Saturday and the three races - that comprise the second round of the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship - Sunday.

-www.cvwmantaracing.com

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