V8SDS: Optima Sport Saturday Adelaide report

OPTIMA SPORT SOAKS UP EXPERIENCE IN ADELAIDE Optima Sport is two races wiser and much better for the experience of inaugural competition in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series as part of Adelaide's Clipsal 500 this weekend. In total, 46 laps of...

OPTIMA SPORT SOAKS UP EXPERIENCE IN ADELAIDE

Optima Sport is two races wiser and much better for the experience of inaugural competition in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series as part of Adelaide's Clipsal 500 this weekend.

In total, 46 laps of the 3.22 kilometre street circuit were completed under race conditions and coupled with earlier practice and qualifying periods, rookie driver David Clark is sure to have benefited.

The major highlight from the debut assignment was a first up top 10 showing in qualifying as Clark directed the Optima Sport Falcon into 19th overall.

"There was no doubt I was happy with our qualifying effort but unfortunately I stalled at the start of race one and lost 14 positions so it was tough to get back into the race," said Clark.

"We dug deep and got ourselves back in the hunt but again through a lack of experience I went too wide on turn 11 on lap 15 and again all the good work was undone as I pitted as a precaution.

"It's what the whole weekend was about getting some miles in the car and giving ourselves some clearer direction for the rest of the season.

"I'm looking forward to some more testing before our next round in May and I know we can only improve from here."

An appreciation of what it will take to elevate Optima Sport up the timesheets in the future has been brokered by team personnel and a huge learning curve undertaken.

Team Owner David MacDougall didn't know what to expect in his maiden assault in V8 Supercars but is comfortable in the knowledge his small crew has accrued a wealth of knowledge.

"I think we probably over engineered things and made too many changes to the set up between races one and two," confirmed MacDougall.

"We outsmarted ourselves trying to improve the car but that's racing and we'll know better next time.

"We were always going to achieve the objective of soaking it all in and we've now got to learn from those mistakes.

"I was pleased with David's ability to focus on the job at hand and after a few setbacks he managed to dig in and still try things.

"You can't ask for much more from a guy who has never been behind the wheel of one of these machines and we'll all grow together this season."

Optima Sport will regroup over coming weeks and be ready to race at Wakefield Park on May 23-25 during round two of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

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