DECINA RACING HAULS IN V8 SUPERCAR SUCCESS Decina Racing's Michael Caruso had an impressive season debut with back-to-back second placings in the opening round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide this weekend. Caruso backed up in...
DECINA RACING HAULS IN V8 SUPERCAR SUCCESS
Decina Racing's Michael Caruso had an impressive season debut with back-to-back second placings in the opening round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Adelaide this weekend.
Caruso backed up in fine style after yesterday's confident start to the Clipsal 500 program and has firmly entrenched the Sydney-based outfit as a contender for this year's championship.
Having never raced a Ford V8 Supercar prior to this weekend, the 22 year-old showed natural poise to place himself just 10 points adrift of the Championship lead.
"This is just an absolute dream start for the Speed FX/Decina Racing team and there's no doubt we'll only improve once we have a couple more opportunities to test before the next round," said Caruso.
"Once again we had to overcome a slow start and I suppose that just comes from not having a lot of experience with 600 odd horsepower at my disposal.
"Overnight we rectified a slight oil leak with the car that held me back during race one and all-in-all it's been a fantastic start to the Championship."
Caruso was again pushing hard on round winner Adam Macrow for the bulk of today's 24-lap assignment and the pair had opened a sizeable break on the rest of the field by the half-way mark.
A little more than a second separated the pair over the concluding stages, however with tyre wear starting to creep into the equation, Caruso was more than happy to guide the Decina Falcon comfortably into second spot.
The effort well and truly justified the confidence of Speed FX/Decina Racing team owner Jim Morton in his young charge.
"I've always believed in Michael's ability to run at this level and if anything he has outperformed all our expectations," confirmed Morton.
"Our strategy was based around Michael being able to run close to the front while looking after the gear and he's come up trumps in all departments.
"He's pushed hard on an experienced V8 Supercar campaigner all weekend and there's no doubt we'll all grow in confidence from this outing.
"We're only a new team across the board and I know as Michael gets better so will we all, and be able to reap the rewards throughout the season."
It'll be a local affair for Caruso next time he hits the track during round two of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Goulburn's Wakefield Park circuit on May 26-28.
As the test track of the Mona Vale based Speed FX/Decina Racing, it's hoped there'll be a mountain of support for the talented driver as he looks to go one better in more familiar surrounds.