V8SDS: Dexion Racing Bathurst preview

DEXION RACING READY FOR BIG WEEKEND AS THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN LOOMS Dexion Racing heads to the spiritual home of Australian Motorsport this weekend when round six of the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar series is contested at Mount Panorama, ...

DEXION RACING READY FOR BIG WEEKEND AS THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN LOOMS

Dexion Racing heads to the spiritual home of Australian Motorsport this weekend when round six of the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar series is contested at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

The famous 6.213km circuit will be the scene of all the yearly drama and excitement from both V8 Supercar championships, Dexion driver Tony Evangelou set for a big weekend as he looks to consolidate his position inside the top 8 of the Fujitsu series championship standings.

Evangelou moved to 8th in the standings after a consistent run at Mallala a fortnight ago, and believes that the round at Bathurst means almost as much as the championship itself.

"Even if you have had a terrible season, a good result at Bathurst can make it all worthwhile.

"It's a track that every race driver looks forward to driving and racing at. It's immensely challenging and very satisfying when you can pull a good result out of the bag -- It's really a circuit and a round that can turn a bad year into a good year.

"We have had a consistent season this year and it's going to be a points scoring weekend for us, although winning at Bathurst would be incredible!

"I am very keen to consolidate 8th in the championship and to ensure that we continue to score as many points as possible. It's a competitive field, however, so if we can qualify strongly and be consistent in the races I think that we can have a good weekend." He said.

The Dexion Racing BA Falcon has not escaped the usual pre-Bathurst preparation, undergoing a freshen up between the Mallala and Bathurst events to ensure that it's at it's best when it's first tackles the mountain in opening Practice on Thursday morning.

The ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon will head to the mountain with a fresh engine and some setup input from the factory Ford squad, and when coupled with the Dexion Racing outfit's strong 2006 season should give them the best possible preparation before the big weekend.

"FPR have had some good car speed at Bathurst over the last few years so hopefully we can translate that into our car," said Evangelou.

"We struggled with rear grip and power down at Mallala so we have made some changes to the setup between rounds. We are still learning what the car likes and doesn't like because it's completely different from the one we had last year.

"The front of the car was very good at Mallala, though, so with some hints and tips from FPR and our freshly rebuilt engine I think that we should have a good package." He said.

The Fujitsu field will tackle two, 14-lap events this weekend, Evalgelou set to treat both races as flat-out sprints to the flag.

"After doing a double, 60-lap stint in the Bathurst 1000 last year, 14-laps is really a short blast!" he said.

"It is a very competitive field with the added level one cars this season, so the aim will be to qualify in or near the top ten and stay out of trouble."

Evalgelou sits 8th in the championship with two rounds remaining, just 150 points behind 7th-placed Kane Scott and 22 ahead of Tony D'Alberto.

First practice for the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series will be Thursday morning, whilst the two races will be held on the Friday and Saturday afternoons, respectively.

-credit: www.dexionracing.com.au

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