V8SDS: Howard Racing Bathurst Friday notes

Howard Racing survive chaotic Fujitsu Series opener at Bathurst Howard Racing duo Adam Macrow and Mark Howard have salvaged valuable points from today's disastrous opening Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series race at Bathurst, putting them in...

Howard Racing survive chaotic Fujitsu Series opener at Bathurst

Howard Racing duo Adam Macrow and Mark Howard have salvaged valuable points from today's disastrous opening Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series race at Bathurst, putting them in good stead for tomorrow's showdown.

The race was red-flagged on lap 13 as a result of a multi-car crash at McPhillamy Park, and previous safety car periods had prevented drivers from gaining any racing momentum around the iconic circuit.

Championship leader Macrow kept a cool head in this morning's qualifying session, cruising comfortably to a second row start on the grid in 4th position.

An intense scrap for racing room amongst the massive field saw Macrow shuffled back to 7th early, but he maintained the push for position and managed to record 5th at the point the race was declared.

Constant safety car interruptions put pay to Macrow's chance of a strong finish, but he was pleased to be able to hand the Howard Racing crew a flawless Ford Falcon in preparation for tomorrow's final 14-lap race.

"After the first few on-track incidents it became apparent that the safety car would be spending quite a lot of time on-track, and with so many yellow flags waving around the circuit it really hindered any passing moves," said Macrow.

"It's a fairly good result, obviously I was aiming to win so I'll have to make sure the start goes to plan tomorrow."

"There's still a championship to be won this year, so I'll be driving to score maximum points without taking any major risks."

Mark Howard made significant progress throughout the course of today's race, blasting through the field to finish 22nd after brushing aside an average qualifying result.

Howard's extensive experience at the mountain proved extremely valuable, and he weaved his way through the field with ease, his progress only halted by the race coming to a premature end.

The strong finish has Howard confident ahead of tomorrow's race, and he is looking forward to another encouraging run when the Gold Coast-based team grids up at midday tomorrow.

"I'm pleased with my result today, full credit to the team for preparing the Howard Racing Falcon for qualifying and it just got better with every lap in the race," said Howard.

"It was a fairly chaotic race, you really needed to be on your guard the whole time because there is absolutely nowhere to go across the top of the mountain."

"A top ten finish for tomorrow's race is not out of the realms of possibility, we'll make some slight improvements this afternoon ready to give race 2 a good shot."

The Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series field looks to be significantly reduced for tomorrow's final 14-lap showdown with a number of entries beyond repair.

The Howard Racing duo look certain to be on the pace and are sure to be big improvers as they attempt to conquer the mountain from 1.45pm tomorrow.

-credit: hr

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