V8SDS: Howard Racing Clipsal Saturday notes

Top five for Thompson while bad luck continues for Howard and Sharpe It was a day of highs and lows for the Howard Racing Team in the final race of Round 1 of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide today with Andrew...

Top five for Thompson while bad luck continues for Howard and Sharpe

It was a day of highs and lows for the Howard Racing Team in the final race of Round 1 of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide today with Andrew Thompson gallantly fighting back from 22nd to finish 4th , Team Owner Mark Howard retiring mid race and Adam Sharpe finishing 16th after spinning off track.

All three Howard Racing drivers got off the start line well and were lapping comfortably until mid around the mid race mark.

Mark Howard had his race cut short after an altercation with another competitor left him with a broken bottom steering arm and he was forced to nurse his How Financial Ford Falcon BA back to the pits.

"It was a disappointing weekend," Howard said. "It certainly wasn't the start to the season we were after."

"We had really good reliable cars this weekend, all of the defining moments came down to pure bad luck."

"There is no point dwelling on the weekend we must re-group and look ahead to turning our luck around at Wakefield Park." Howard added.

Shortly after Adam Sharpe came unstuck when the drivers in front of him braked early coming into Turn 9, leaving him with nowhere to go but off track in order to avoid collision. Sharpe got himself back on track albeit at the back of the pack and started working his way back through the field.

After finishing 16th today and ninth yesterday Sharpe said he still had a good weekend of hard racing in his new car.

"It was a good first weekend of racing for me," Sharpe said. "While we didn't get the ideal results we know the car has the pace to be at the pointy end of the field.

"I am looking forward to Wakefield Park where the focus will be on staying out of trouble and getting a clean break."

After an average start Thompson starting picking off the frontrunners, climbing from 22nd to finish fourth after executing the perfect passing maneuver on Jonathan Webb on the last corner of the last lap.

"I didn't get the best start, I had too much wheelspin and couldn't gain any spots as a result."

"Considering the amount of damage the car sustained yesterday the car was exceptional. The Howard Racing team did a fantastic job and worked late into the night to bring the car back to perfection for today's race, it was well balanced and easy to drive."

"The first couple of laps I hung back a bit and the craziness settle down. On lap three I picked up the pace and started to pick cars off one-by-one."

"Fourth today wasn't too bad considering I started way back in 22nd, I think the whole team are looking forward to putting Clipsal behind us and moving onto Wakefield Park." Thompson concluded.

The second round of the 2007 Fujitsu Series will be held at Wakefield Park Raceway March 30 -- April 1.

-credit: hr

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Drivers Andrew Thompson , Adam Sharpe , Mark Howard