MARSHALL GATHERS PACE AT BAHRAIN IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall has finished the 12th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Gulf Air Desert 400 in 18th place overall, including a storming drive in the final race of the weekend. The...
MARSHALL GATHERS PACE AT BAHRAIN
IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall has finished the 12th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Gulf Air Desert 400 in 18th place overall, including a storming drive in the final race of the weekend.
The weekend started well for Marshall when he qualified 19th. A slipping clutch at the start of race #1 saw him drop to the back. However, this turned out to be a slice of fortune when he jumped eight spots on the second lap when a multi-car accident occurred in front of him. He went on to claim 16th place.
Race #2 was a tougher challenge with an overnight change to the chassis not responding and he finished 21st. Another change to the chassis before race #3 saw Marshall race through to finish 15th and just one place behind teammate Jason Bright.
"Overall that was a good performance from the IRWIN team," said Marshall.
"Qualifying went really well and race #1 had plenty of action going on. It was nice not to be involved in any of the carnage and we got a good result.
"Race #2 was not so great, but it was important for our entire group to finish the weekend with a strong performance in race #3 and that is what we had.
"Now it is back to my home state in Tasmania. I really enjoy Symmons Plains and I'm sure we can figure in the final results."
IRWIN Racing engineer Marcus Clarke was pleased with the overall result.
"Practice was pretty tough, but we hit back in qualifying and then had some good race pace," said Clarke.
"The air temperature this morning was higher and our chassis really didn't like that. However, the last race this afternoon was cooler and with some other changes it was like a totally new car.
"There were plenty of teams this weekend that had a tough desert encounter, so we fully appreciate our final result."
The IRWIN Racing team will have all equipment back home in Melbourne mid-week to prepare for the Falken Tasmania Challenge on 21-23 November.