MCNALLY LOOKS TO HOME EVENT AFTER P22 AT PHILLIP ISLAND Mark McNally has brought the ...
MCNALLY LOOKS TO HOME EVENT AFTER P22 AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Mark McNally has brought the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore home in 22nd position at the Island 300 at Victoria's Phillip Island.
Today's 200km race was run in hot conditions making it a challenge for drivers around the fast and flowing 4.446-kilometre circuit.
After finishing yesterday's opening race in 27th position, McNally made further improvement in today's race and worked his way through the field to finish 22nd at the end of the 44-lap journey.
McNally's fitness proved a bonus in today's longer race and is also set to be of benefit over the final two events of the season in Perth and Sydney, where drivers will face two 250 kilometre races at a brand new street circuit.
Jamie Whincup won today's final race of the Island 300 ahead of Rick Kelly and Garth Tander.
McNally now turns his attentions to his home event, the Bigpond 300 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth in two weeks time.
WHAT MARK HAD TO SAY ...
Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"I had a pretty good run today," said Mark McNally.
"I was looking forward to getting out there today in a longer race because I've been struggling for outright pace, but in the race when the tyres lose their greenness and their freshness, everything gets quite equal.
"I actually had a reasonable bit of pace and I can actually mix it with everyone and make some moves.
"I had a good time out there, I'm just getting stronger and stronger but I need to work on my outright pace.
"The heat didn't affect me too much, I'm happy with my fitness and I am getting conditioned to it.
"I guess this is all really building up to Sydney because everyone on the grid has done a Clipsal before, apart from me.
"A 250 kilometre race around a street circuit will be tough. But I got through today pretty well."