After making up nine positions in the first Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series race of the round, Drew Russell and the Novocastrian Motorsport team were optimistic for a good result in the second race run on Sunday morning. The team were at the track...
After making up nine positions in the first Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series race of the round, Drew Russell and the Novocastrian Motorsport team were optimistic for a good result in the second race run on Sunday morning.
The team were at the track well into the evening working on the car set up, making a number of significant changes they hoped would help them to run comfortably in the top 15 in race two.
From 15th position on the grid Drew made an excellent start to be running side by side with Shannon O'Brien who had started in 13th position. Unfortunately, O'Brien did not see Drew and hit him hard on the left side of the car. The result was a broken steering rack that forced him onto the grass at high speed and out of the race.
With few spares available given the teams very low budget, the team was relieved to have a spare rack in their truck, meaning that they were able to return to the track for race 3.
"Other than the broken steering rack, the only other damage was relatively minor," said Novocastrian Motorsport team manager Wayne Russell said after race 2.
"In financial terms, very fortunately it has not hurt us too badly, but in terms of track positions this has ruined our weekend, but we will get Drew back out there and see what we can salvage."
Drew started in 23rd position in the third and final race. With a number of the front runners behind him, Drew pushed hard, making up a few places during the race, but dropped back to 22nd when the faster cars came through.
"I was not in a position to hold the faster cars as they came through the field and was not going to risk further damaging the car," said Drew after the final race.
"It has been a really tough weekend; we were constantly chasing the car's set up, we just could not get it right.
"We have been able to bring the car home safely and undamaged in 22nd position for the third race which is a positive and we are now looking to the next round of the championship."
Drew and the team will now return to Newcastle and continue their hunt for sponsorship to allow them to continue to run in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
"We have had a tough round this weekend, but I am sure that we can come back stronger in the next round at Winton, Victoria, in a fortnight," said Team Manager, Wayne Russell after the final race.
"At this stage we will struggle to get to Winton, but we are working hard to get a new sponsor on-board."
Drew and the Team would like to thank Lencrow for their continued support helping to get them to the track this weekend.