V8SDS: Drew Russell Sandown preview

Drew Russell sets his sights on another top ten result in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series After Drew Russell's outstanding performance in the second round of the 2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park, Drew and the Novocastrian ...

Drew Russell sets his sights on another top ten result in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series

After Drew Russell's outstanding performance in the second round of the 2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Wakefield Park, Drew and the Novocastrian Motorsport Team have their eyes on another great result at Sandown Raceway next weekend.

Despite running on one of the smallest budgets on the grid, Drew and his team finished comfortably in the top 10 at Wakefield Park in April, attracting the attention of a number of main game V8 Supercar teams.

"Following the race we received really positive feedback from everyone around us, including from our sponsors and our peers. The platitudes keep coming, including encouraging comments from some of the main game teams," said team manager, Wayne Russell.

"We have been running significantly lower on horsepower than most of our competitors since the start of the season; improving this has been our main focus in the two month break since Wakefield Park.

"Towards the end of the last round we noticed we were leaking water as a result of cracked heads in the engine. We have had the engine rebuilt and remapped by the highly respected Newcastle local, Steve Smith, who has previously worked as an engine builder for Tony Stewart in the American NASCAR series.

"We are now running with about 580-590hp which is still around 40-45hp down on the front runners. At a high-speed track like Sandown Raceway we know we will struggle given we are down on top speed, but we are hopeful that the work we have done will help us. We are aiming to be running in the top ten by the end of the weekend."

In his down time, Drew has been working with the team to improve the car as much as they can on their limited budget, and is keen to get back out on the track.

"Two months is a long time out of the car and I am itching to get back in the car and back racing," said Drew.

"After a difficult opening round at Adelaide, everything came together at Wakefield Park. We had a clean run and we were able to progressively improve our performance over the weekend.

"Finishing in the top ten was a great feeling, but now it's on to Sandown Raceway and our next challenge."

The third round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 2008 will be held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend at Sandown Raceway as a support to the Midas 400.

The first practice session will be run on Saturday 7th June 2008.

-credit: drew russell

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Drivers Tony Stewart , Steve Smith , Wayne Russell , Drew Russell