Solid Start Adrenalin Motor Racing in Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Novocastrians Drew and Aaren Russell have put in impressive performances in the first round of the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar series at the Clipsal 500 this weekend. Racing...
Solid Start Adrenalin Motor Racing in Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
Novocastrians Drew and Aaren Russell have put in impressive performances in the first round of the 2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar series at the Clipsal 500 this weekend.
Racing under the Adrenalin Motor Racing banner with his older brother Drew, Aaren Russell made his debut in the category after stepping up from the NSW Formula Vee championship in 2009.
The aim for Aaren this weekend was to learn his Zemana AntiLogger V8 Supercar and the track, however he performed well above expectations finishing in 12th and 13th in the two races.
"The jump from a Formula Vee into a V8 Supercar at one of the biggest race meetings of the year has been massive," said Aaren after the race.
"I think there were more people in the stands watching our race today than were at all of the race meetings I raced at last year put together!
"This weekend has been all about working on consistency and learning how to drive the car
"In the Vee you really only use two gears so it is very different to my V8. I have also been spending time learning how to adjust the roll bars and other things during the race.
"Overall I have had a great weekend. I know I have much more to offer and I know that there is more potential in both the car and me - I can't wait to get back out there!"
Aaren's older brother Drew had a mixed weekend with a DNF in the first race, but he bounced back with an excellent 6th place in the second race on Sunday morning after starting in last place.
Drew had a shock fail in the first race making his Zemana AntiLogger car impossible to drive and forcing him out of the first race of the season.
As a result he started in last position for the second race, but after storming through the pack Drew was sitting in 10th place when the safety car came out half way through the first lap.
Drew then picked his way through the field and was rapidly closing in on 5th placed Tim Blanchard, before bad luck hit again.
"I sat back going into the first corner to see what the drivers in front of me did before I picked my way through the field," said Drew after the race.
"When the safety car was brought out I backed off and unfortunately I was hit heavily from behind by Rodney Jane.
"The damage did not hamper my run until the closing stages of the race when I was catching Blanchard at almost one second a lap.
"I was able to hold my position but was not able to catch or pass Balanchard. At the end of the race we discovered the accident had snapped my sway bar causing the car to suffer significant handling issues.
"Over all I am really happy with how this weekend has gone. I am feeling more confident and more focused this season than ever before.
"I can't wait to get back out there and fight with the guys up the front of the grid."
The next round of the championship will be at Queensland Raceway at the start of May.
-source: adrenalin motor racing