LUFF QUALIFIES FIFTH AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Decina Racing's Warren Luff will start race one from fifth position at Queensland Raceway after posting consistent times throughout practice and qualifying. Luff was confident the Decina BA Falcon...
LUFF QUALIFIES FIFTH AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY
Decina Racing's Warren Luff will start race one from fifth position at Queensland Raceway after posting consistent times throughout practice and qualifying.
Luff was confident the Decina BA Falcon had the set up going into qualifying to make the front row, however various set ups tried by the team did not produce the extra speed required to match it with pole winner and fellow Ford driver Dean Canto.
Canto will be joined on the front row by Lee Holdsworth, with team mate Will Davison and Tony D'Alberto making up row two.
Luff finished the qualifying session with a 1:11.6351, more than half a second off Canto's time of 1:11.0955, however he is confident the team has a strong race package for tomorrow's two 16 lap races given some promising runs in practice.
"In the first practice we made a few adjustments to the car, but really through both practice sessions it was hard to get a decent run because there was so many red flags and a lot of traffic to get through.
"So it was hard to gauge where we were at in practice, but we did make some improvements which was encouraging.
"In session two we again started pretty strong and we made some changes that we had been hoping to do at the our last test which was rain affected and the car responded pretty well.
Luff's confidence in the Decina Falcon's ability to win races is unshaken saying that qualifying in fifth position wasn't a case of having a "bad car" but that the car simply "was not fast enough" in qualifying mode.
"We struggled in a few areas, mainly low speed corners--but I think we do have a consistent car for the race.
"One of the positive things to come out qualifying was that over the runs we were doing it didn't seem to do its times and then just drop away, the times were pretty consistent.
"Maybe we needed to go a little more aggressive in our set up to try and get some more out of it.
"But we will just soldier on tomorrow, get off the start line well and see how many places we can pick up before putting our heads down and working from there."
Luff's teammate Phil Scifleet in the #65 Doric Falcon will start race one from 11th on the grid.
Decina Racing Team Principal Paul Cruickshank was concerned over the lack of speed the #60 car and admitted it would be a long night to ensure the car was quick enough to win come race one.
"We just weren't quick enough," Cruickshank said.
"Our practice times were okay, even though we weren't quite there but I didn't think that we would be as far off as we are after qualifying.
"We didn't go quick enough on our second set of tyres and we really have made a fair bit of work for ourselves tomorrow.
"We will do some work overnight and see if we can come up with something. I think as a racecar it will be all right it's just that final bit of speed in qualifying that we don't have at the moment."
Tomorrow's first 16-lap race begins at 10.50am and will be followed up by the always exciting 16-lap reverse grid race. Round four of the HPDC V8 Supercar Series will be wrapped up on Sunday morning when the cars take the track at 11.15am for a 28-lap race.