Adelaide: Team IntaRacing race one report

Team IntaRacing confront eventful V8 Supercar debut Team IntaRacing have experienced a dramatic debut to the 2009 V8 Supercar Series with Marcus Marshall forced to retire from the opening leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today. Marshall ...

Team IntaRacing confront eventful V8 Supercar debut

Team IntaRacing have experienced a dramatic debut to the 2009 V8 Supercar Series with Marcus Marshall forced to retire from the opening leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today.

Marshall battled against the odds on numerous occasions with the Access Cash-sponsored driver experiencing a cool suit failure early in the race before a speed limiter failure forced the Team IntaRacing entry to serve two drive through penalties.

An alternator problem added to the drama, stopping radio communication between the crew and Marshall and eventually forced the #77 Falcon to withdraw from the race.

Marshall said that while the race did not finish the way he had of wished he was ecstatic with the efforts of his crew who completed a series of unscheduled pit stops throughout the race.

"The Team IntaRacing crew continues to prove time and time again that they are extremely gutsy and after the effort they put in to get us here and the effort they put in today, once we have ironed out all our teething problems this is the type of crew every driver hopes to have behind them," Marshall said.

"When we arrived here in Adelaide we thought we had a faultless car but as my number one mechanic said to me, we must have encountered some black cats on our way here because our race was plagued by bad luck."

Team IntaRacing Manager, Keith Evers said that the team that are working together for the first time ever this weekend will continue to learn from today's dramatic race.

"To say that today was eventful is an understatement. It was busier in the pits than we expected but under the circumstances the crew worked really well together and got some good experience in a stressful race situation," Evers said.

"Marcus' [Marshall] cool suit never really operated to its full potential and half way through the race we pulled the drivers side windows out of the car to relieve his heat stress.

"At this stage, it looks like an alternator failure was what forced the Access Cash Falcon to retire from the race but we will look into it overnight and make sure it is fixed in time for tomorrow's race."

With yesterday's qualifying counting for both races Marshall will start the final leg of the Clipsal 500 from 21st position.

-credit: team intaracing

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Series Supercars
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