This weekend's opening round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 will not only be Marcus Marshall's first race of 2009, it will also mark Team IntaRacing's debut into the world's most competitive touring car series. For...
This weekend's opening round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 will not only be Marcus Marshall's first race of 2009, it will also mark Team IntaRacing's debut into the world's most competitive touring car series. For Marshall and Team IntaRacing, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide will be a significant occasion as the Access Cash-sponsored Falcon turns its first wheel as part of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series. Their inclusion on the grid at Adelaide is the result of thousands of hours of hard work, with the team toiling tirelessly over the last eight weeks in order to be established in time for the first shootout of the season.
"As far as I am concerned to have a race car ready for Adelaide is a huge achievement for the team," Marshall said as the team completed their final preparations for this weekend's race.
"While all the other teams have been busy finalising their car liveries, uniforms and practicing pit stops, our team has been doing this and more as we constructed a workshop, purchased infrastructure and recruited a number of highly-skilled staff.
"As a team we are still very new and as a result we will do a lot of growing and gelling at Adelaide. We've got good, proven equipment and enthusiastic personnel and now it is just a matter of making it all work together in a race situation and I am confident that we will be able to achieve a number of the goals throughout the year."
While Team IntaRacing is one of the newest operations in pit lane, one thing that will work in the team's favour this weekend is a number of widespread rule changes which will mean that the entire field will be on a more equal playing field when the cars take to the Adelaide track for their first practice session on Thursday.
"Previously in our sport teams relied on huge amounts of data prior to a race to determine their strategy for the event. This year with the change to ethanol fuel and the pit window, a lot of this information will not be as important and as a new team starting from scratch this will certainly work in our favour," Marshall added.
Team IntaRacing Manager, Keith Evers echoed Marshall's sentiment and believes that the new ethanol fuel will also produce some surprises across the field. "This weekend for the first time ever there are so many variables which have the potential to influence our race which as an entire field everybody is unsure about. The major thing is running ethanol fuel - the fuel calculations from our test day last week were inconsistent and it won't be until practice that we will truly know our estimated fuel usage for the weekend," Evers said.
"This year we will also be running a control fuel rig throughout the V8 Supercar category and we won't receive ours until Wednesday or Thursday. There are reports that the new equipment will draw a fuel stop out to the 50 second mark which is double to what we saw last year and that is something else which we will need to consider."