LUFF CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP PUSH WITH PODIUM Decina Racing's Warren Luff has further closed the gap on the HPDC championship lead with a fighting third position overall at Queensland Raceway. Luff is now just 20 points behind series leader...
LUFF CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP PUSH WITH PODIUM
Decina Racing's Warren Luff has further closed the gap on the HPDC championship lead with a fighting third position overall at Queensland Raceway.
Luff is now just 20 points behind series leader and fellow Ford driver Adam Macrow.
Starting on pole for race three of the HPDC V8 Supercar fourth round, Luff was away strongly, but a bold move by series debutant Will Davison on lap one saw Luff slip into third behind Davison and also Dean Canto.
From there the battle for third between Luff and Championship leader Adam Macrow ensued for the next 25 laps, with the Decina Racing driver eventually taking the honours.
While happy to continue building his championship points tally, Luff is still searching for his first win of the championship and admits there is still work to be done with just three rounds remaining.
"The whole idea for us for this round is to gain more points for the championship," said Luff.
"It would have been great to walk away with a win, but a podium finish for the team in front of a home crowd and the team's sponsors is a good result and it brings us just that little bit closer to position one in the championship.
"I got a reasonable start and down the back straight I was probably a little bit to conservative and Will (Davison) took advantage of that and Dean snuck through as well.
"With a championship at stake I'm just not prepared to defend to the end degree when there are points on offer and I did not want to launch into a battle that could have ended in tears on the first lap.
"From there we settled into a comfortable race pace, but we just didn't have enough speed to match it with the two leaders. However, we were able to hold out Adam Macrow and from a championship perspective that is what we need to do at every race meeting.
"I believe the championship is achievable, but we have to keep our head down and keep finishing in front of Adam (Macrow).
"It's definitely possible to catch him, but I would rather be 20 points in front than behind.
In saying that we have proven that we have the pace at the meetings, now we just have to keep working on and improving the car and see where we can go from here.
Decina Racing Team Principal Paul Cruickshank was philosophical about the weekend's outcome, acknowledging that there is a lot of work to do between Queensland and Mallala in four weeks time.
"We closed in on the championship lead again, which was positive," Cruickshank said.
"But there are still two areas we need to work on. The first is our qualifying speed, or how we approach qualifying and secondly we don't seem to have speed coming into the last race of a meeting.
"It is the third race meeting in a row that we have started off pole in the last race and we haven't been able to shut the rest out. From that point of view I am a bit disappointed that we haven't been able to capitalise on that position and finish the job.
Cruickshank did acknowledge the efforts of the team and Decina Racing team owner Jim Morton for supporting of what PCR are trying to do and achieve with the Decina Falcon and Luff.
He did, however also acknowledge the need for changes and overall improvement.
"We are currently operating at about 90 percent at the moment, but running at the top end of a championship like this it's just not good enough.
"So we have a lot of work to do for the Mallala round. We only have three rounds remaining and with that there are only three more chances to win, which is what we are very keen to do.
"Looking ahead we will have another test day and try a few different things and then head to mallala and see what happens from there."
Round Five of the HPDC Supercar Championship will take place at South Australia's Mallala raceway on August 20 and 21.