Queensland: Engineering change for Irwin Racing

IRWIN Racing has made a change in the Engineer Department with Marcus Clarke now taking the responsibility for tuning the ...

IRWIN Racing has made a change in the Engineer Department with Marcus Clarke now taking the responsibility for tuning the #26 Falcon of Marcus Marshall with Greg Foletta departing the team.

Clarke's first event as race engineer will be the City of Ipswich 400 at Queensland Raceway.

"Making this change was far from easy," said Team Principal Jason Bright.

"Greg has been an integral member of the IRWIN Racing crew over the last 18 months. We wish him all the best in his pursuits in either the motor sports or the automotive industry.

"Marcus has the right mix of experience and determination to take on the role with the IRWIN Racing team."

Clarke has been part of the Britek Motorsport organisation for the past 14 months as the Chief Engineer on the rally program and most recently as V8 Motorsports Manager. Clarke also worked as an engineer for a variety of programs with Larry Perkins Motorsport between 2003 and 2004.

"The team has been doing a good job," said Clarke.

"The V8 Supercar Championship Series is a very tough category. You can't expect to jump into the top-10 straight away, but we are on the rise. We all want to continue the improvement and look towards strong results in the second half of the season.

"Queensland Raceway will be a challenge, but we have plenty of experience to get on top of any challenges."

A return to his home track at Queensland Raceway has IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall confident that he can score his best result of the year.

"Despite the significant change in our engineering department, I don't see it affecting my confidence or that of the team," said Marshall.

"The recent round at Darwin was pretty good for us and we are confident of a far better result at Queensland Raceway.

"I have driven that many laps around there that I could do it in my sleep. However, there are so many Queensland-based drivers in the series I don't have a huge advantage.

"It's more about me having more confidence with the IRWIN Racing crew to ensure we tune the car to get the most out of it."

Marshall and the IRWIN Racing crew get things underway on Friday with extended practice. Saturday includes qualifying and the opening 38-lap race. Sunday completes the weekend with another two 38-lap races.

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Marcus Marshall , Larry Perkins