Marshall moves through the field in final Darwin race Team IntaRacing has experienced a weekend of ups and downs at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin with Marcus Marshall finishing 28th and 16th in the latest two races of the 2009 V8 Supercar ...
Marshall moves through the field in final Darwin race
Team IntaRacing has experienced a weekend of ups and downs at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin with Marcus Marshall finishing 28th and 16th in the latest two races of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series.
After starting from 26th, Marshall made up a number of positions throughout the opening stages of Saturday's race before disaster struck when the pit boom fell on the #77 Falcon during the team's pit stop.
After being given a drive through penalty for the incident the Team IntaRacing driver finished the race in 28th.
Yesterday the Sherrin Rentals-supported Falcon showed a lot of speed and was consistently inside the top 10 for the first quarter of the race as Marshall elected to use the softer compound tyre.
From there the Team IntaRacing driver recorded a number of solid laps before being involved in a scuffle between James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard which saw Marshall punted off the track losing valuable track positions.
Marshall finished the race in 16th position, with the Team IntaRacing driver picking up valuable points and making up two positions on the 2009 V8 Supercar Series championship standings to sit 25th.
"We had a lot of bad luck during Saturday's race when the pit boom fell down on the car during the race. As a result I was handed a drive through penalty which really cost us a number of positions," Marshall said.
"We started yesterday's race with the soft compound tyre and it proved to be the right decision with the tyre staying alive a lot longer than we expected -- we anticipated that we would be able to get 14 laps out of it but it actually survived until lap 28.
"Throughout the race we were battling with guys who we don't usually compete with. If it wasn't for the incident during the safety car restart I'm sure we could have finished around 12th."
Marshall said the team's knowledge of the car increased throughout the weekend, something which is bound to benefit the team for the next V8 Supercar event in Townsville on July 10 -- 12.
"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our crew, we learnt a lot about the car throughout the weekend and it showed after we went forward after practice on Friday. We will now take this knowledge with us into Townsville in a few weeks time."