MCNALLY SURVIVES THE TURMOIL IN QUEENSLAND On a day that took its toll on some of the biggest names in V8 Supercars, Mark McNally has kept his nose clean to bring the ...
MCNALLY SURVIVES THE TURMOIL IN QUEENSLAND
On a day that took its toll on some of the biggest names in V8 Supercars, Mark McNally has kept his nose clean to bring the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore home in 25th place in the opening race of the Queensland House and Land.com 300 at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich today.
With oil from engine failures spread all over the Queensland Raceway circuit, McNally steered his Hi-Tec Oils Commodore through the chaos and is set to make the most of a good bank of tyres, including the soft Dunlop option, in tomorrow's 200km race.
Starting 29th, the West Australian settled into a steady pace over the first half of the race. Shortly after his stop he flat-spotted a tyre when he locked a wheel while encountering the oil slick, but opted to soldier on with the damaged rubber to save his best tyres for Sunday.
The flat spotted tyre created a bad vibration in the car, but McNally held his nerve to keep it on the track despite the tricky conditions through to the end of the race.
WHAT MARK HAD TO SAY --
Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"There was a lot going on out there today," said McNally.
"I didn't get off to a great start off the line, but managed to pull the field back in pretty quickly on the opening lap.
"Shortly after our pitstop when all the oil went down, we flat-spotted a tyre quite badly and really torched it.
"It led to a vibration that was quite serious, so for the rest of the race it was a matter of nursing the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore home.
"We decided to press on, rather than change to other tyres, because we really wanted to save all of our best tyres for Sunday to have a really good shot at a decent result.
"But from there, every time I got on the brakes, I had to get on quite early because the flat-spot kept locking the wheel.
"It wasn't a great day but it was a good step forward. Hopefully with a bit more luck tomorrow, having the soft tyres at our disposal should help us have a better day.
"It made it quite tricky and I didn't get any really good lap times out of it because of that."