Misfortune continues to plague Team IntaRacing at Hamilton 400 After a mammoth effort overnight by the Team IntaRacing crew to repair the ...
Misfortune continues to plague Team IntaRacing at Hamilton 400
After a mammoth effort overnight by the Team IntaRacing crew to repair the #77 Falcon, Marcus Marshall has been forced to retire from the second leg of the Hamilton 400 with a sticking throttle.
For Marshall it was a weekend plagued by bad luck with the Gold Coast-based driver clipping a tyre bundle at yesterday's third race of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series. The heavy impact caused significant damage to the front end and engine.
After an engine change overnight, Marshall never got the chance to show the true potential of his Team IntaRacing Falcon with the sticking throttle first occurring during today's 20 minute qualifying session.
"It is extremely disappointing," Marshall said, "We are a very new and small team and with eight staff it makes it a lot harder to get on top of problems when they occur."
"Ever since we put in the spare engine we've had the problem with the throttle and in the end it was just too dangerous to continue racing.
"We will go home, scratch our heads and work out the issue so we can go to Winton firing on all cylinders," Marshall added.
Team IntaRacing Manager, Keith Evers said the team tried their best to rectify the problem.
"The sticking throttle showed up in qualifying and after trying to fix the problem, in the end it was just too dangerous to keep Marcus [Marshall] out there," Evers said."Unfortunately the DNF yesterday and today doesn't reflect the start to the weekend which we had and we were in the top eight for practice and the top five for the opening leg of qualifying.
"After the problems yesterday it was great to see everybody help out to get Marcus back on track today and we'll sort out the problem before next round," Evers concluded.
The next round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series will be at Winton Motor Raceway on May 1 - 3.