Marshall keeps his cool on opening day at Hidden Valley Team IntaRacing's Marcus Marshall tackled soaring track temperatures to finish within the top 20 in all of today's practice sessions at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. Round five of the ...
Marshall keeps his cool on opening day at Hidden Valley
Team IntaRacing's Marcus Marshall tackled soaring track temperatures to finish within the top 20 in all of today's practice sessions at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. Round five of the championship got underway today, with Marshall managing to keep his cool in spite of the sweltering top end heat. The #77 Falcon quickly came up to speed in part A of the practice session and was placed seventh after 21 laps were completed. Marshall held his own as the full field rolled out for a 35 minute shakedown just after midday. He shaved an impressive six-tenths of a second off his initial time to record a 1.10.6878 after part B. A few quick handling improvements were made in the break before the Sherrin Rentals-backed machine headed back out for the final session of the day. Marshall improved his best time once more, finishing in position 20 with a 1.10.5875 lap.
"We're happy to be here in Darwin, the place has a great atmosphere and I for one don't mind the heat unlike some of the drivers from down south," said Marshall.
"The first session was used to learn the characteristics of the track and were able to make some solid changes based on feedback through the team.
"We found some great speed in the second and third sessions and are pleased to be fighting within the top 20.
"It will be a busy qualifying session tomorrow but I believe we have the speed to make it through the first session and even challenge for a top 10 berth.
"The soft compound sprint tyre will also come into play tomorrow. We're all in the same boat in that we don't know how long it will last or how effective it will be on this track.
"We're hoping to really push and use the tyre to our advantage."
Race 9 of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship will take place tomorrow afternoon following qualifying. It will consist of 34 laps.
Race 10 will follow on Sunday where drivers will race for 69 laps