Utes: Glenn McNally Sandown Saturday notes

TOP 5 AND LAP RECORD FOR MCNALLY AT SANDOWN IN V8 UTES Glenn McNally set a lap record on his way to fifth place in the opening V8 Utes race at Sandown Raceway today. With qualifying a race against the weather as much as it was a race...

TOP 5 AND LAP RECORD FOR MCNALLY AT SANDOWN IN V8 UTES

Glenn McNally set a lap record on his way to fifth place in the opening V8 Utes race at Sandown Raceway today.

With qualifying a race against the weather as much as it was a race against the clock, Glenn put down a solid ninth fastest lap early in the session in order to cover himself against a rain storm.

"It is hard when you only have 20 minutes practice but we will be getting faster the more laps I do," Glenn said.

With just a few minutes to go in the session Glenn put in a time that was a few tenths faster than his best which elevated him to fifth place before dropping back to sixth at the end of the session.

"We are really starting to push towards the top five in qualifying at every round now," Glenn said.

"It is good that we can come to a new track and be on the pace early."

Glenn got an "ordinary start" in race 1 but was able to pass Jack Elsegood and George Miedecke on the opening lap.

With good incentive to push on Glenn set the lap record early in the race as he went on the chase for the front of the field.

Glenn struck a gearbox problem later in the race where he couldn't get it into fifth gear on the straight.

"It just wouldn't go in," Glenn said.

"By the time I found a gear (3rd) I had lost the two places back."

A late race tangle between Grant Johnson and Layton Cranbrook gave Glenn an extra place to elevate him to fifth at the end of the race.

Glenn will now go into tomorrow's reverse-top-16 race starting from grid 11.

"I have really enjoyed the past few reverse races; I am now having a real crack at them and hopefully tomorrow will be no different."

"I am looking to set up a good start for the final race.

Glenn has race 2 and 3 tomorrow to finish off the round.

-credit: westcoastracing.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Grant Johnson , Jack Elsegood