Howard Racing on points chase at Wakefield Park After a challenging start to the season on the streets of Adelaide, the Gold Coast-based Howard Racing team is determined to bounce back and contend for round honours at this weekend's Fujitsu V8...
Howard Racing on points chase at Wakefield Park
After a challenging start to the season on the streets of Adelaide, the Gold Coast-based Howard Racing team is determined to bounce back and contend for round honours at this weekend's Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series event at Wakefield Park.
The talented trio of Andrew Thompson, Mark Howard and Adam Sharpe are refreshed and ready to begin scaling the series points ladder, the drivers maintaining a confident outlook with the knowledge that the team's Ford Falcons are setting the pace in 2007.
Thompson's pole position on debut with the reigning champions confirmed the pre-season predictions from up and down pit lane -- the 19-year-old had all the makings of a star.
His goal for the second round of the series will be to record back-to-back pole positions, and convert raw speed into results.
"I'm excited about getting back behind the wheel for Wakefield Park and scoring some serious points, things didn't go to plan in round 1 and I'm really focused on bouncing back strongly," said Thompson.
"I've been working very hard off the track on my fitness to make sure I'm in the best possible condition for racing."
"My Falcon is one of the quickest out there as demonstrated at Adelaide, so I'll definitely be chasing a podium this weekend."
He sits in 8th place in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series standings.
Mark Howard made his intentions clear at the season opener in Adelaide, finishing 12th in the first race and setting himself up for a top 10 finish in the second.
The resulting DNF was crushing for the Gold Coast Property Developer, but he has set his sights on building on this early form and believes his extensive experience at Wakefield Park will be a valuable factor.
"Adelaide showed a lot of promise for our team, and there were many positives to come from the event," said Howard.
"Howard Racing's history in terms of car reliability is second-to-none and the team works hard to prepare some of the fastest Falcons on the track. We are looking forward to making some good grounds in the championship at Wakefield Park with a quick and clean series of races."
"It's a great little track and takes under a minute to lap, this will place extra emphasis on having a trouble-free run and sticking with the pacesetters."
Also on debut for the team at Adelaide, Sharpe wasted no time testing the waters and was in the thick of action from the green light.
The British driver was quick and consistent, and finished inside the top 10 in his first race with Howard Racing, establishing himself comfortably within the series' frontrunning pack.
He is aiming to race regularly in the top 10, and feels his game will only get stronger as he further develops a bond with his crew and teammates.
"It was an up and down race meeting at Adelaide but I was pretty happy with it as it was my first race with the Howard Racing team," said Sharpe.
"I'm looking forward to making some good progress throughout the next few rounds, the cars are certainly very quick and competitive."
The Wakefield Park weekend will feature the first reverse grid race for the year, adding an extra element of chance into the mix.
Howard Racing's drivers will be aiming to finish strongly in the opening 17-lap race to ensure they remain clear of the regular calamity at the front of the reverse grid field.
The final race is extended to 30 laps, with drivers starting in order of points earned from races 1 and 2.
The team boasts the bragging rights to the Wakefield round for the past two years, won twice by 2006 champ Adam Macrow.