Marshall positive despite setup struggle at Symmons Plains Despite enduring three challenging practice sessions, Marcus Marshall is remaining positive about his chances at Symmons Plains Raceway this weekend with the Team IntaRacing driver ...
Marshall positive despite setup struggle at Symmons Plains
Despite enduring three challenging practice sessions, Marcus Marshall is remaining positive about his chances at Symmons Plains Raceway this weekend with the Team IntaRacing driver confident of dialling in the correct setup for qualifying and the seventh race of the 2009 V8 Supercar Series.
The Tasmanian-born driver kicked off the day's opening practice with a solid performance, finishing 11th and establishing a direction for the next two sessions. Lack of track time and a futile search for tyre grip on the cold, slippery circuit saw the #77 Falcon drop down the timesheets, ending sessions two and three in 21st place. Despite the setback, Marshall believed the team had made good headway into a setup which would work for tomorrow's qualifying session.
"It was an up and down session," said Marshall. "We started well but the grip wasn't there, which hurt our pace and progress. "We were scratching our heads a bit at one stage and the car had a few dramas which prevented us from getting in maximum track time.
"I don't think the final result is at all indicative of our potential this weekend. By the end of the final session we seemed to have worked everything out and should be quick in qualifying tomorrow," he continued.
The racecar hit the track proudly displaying a brand new livery and sponsor today and Marshall said the response from the paddock and fans towards the signing of Sherrin Rentals was a positive one.
"The support of drivers, teams, officials and fans has been very encouraging. The Sherrin Rentals livery certainly stands out prominently and we'd love to bring home a good result for their first round on board with us."
Team Manager Keith Evers said the sessions were used to make a number of changes to the car, including adjusting the balance through the spring range.
"We struggled a little with setup, we probably made the most changes during today's sessions than we ever have to the car, which has helped us learn a bit more about how it responds," said Evers. "We'll put in a bit more work overnight but we're confident that the car will be competitive once more for tomorrow's qualifying session and first race of the weekend.
"We're excited to have Sherrin Rentals on board as a sponsor for this weekend - everyone is pumped and we've received a number of congratulations throughout the paddock and from our fans," he added.