Marchellos to conquer Wakefield

Marchellos to conquer Wakefield

April 25, 2012

South Coast Register

SHOALHAVEN’S own professional motor racing team MRTeam will head to Goulburn’s Wakefield Park this weekend for round two of the NSW motor race championships where they will compete in the over two litre Improved Production Car class.

Following their promising debut at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway last month, racing brothers Reece and Ryan Marchello and their team manager father Terry, believe they are on track for a great result.

“All the testing and development we have done on the cars has been conducted at Wakefield Park Raceway so we are confident we will run near the front this weekend,” Terry said.

“Last time we tested at Wakefield Park the cars were handling really well so I am confident we will race inside the top 10, if we finish any higher than eighth or ninth that will be an extra bonus.”

Terry said the team has plenty of development work planned for the cars between rounds two and three.

“After this weekend’s race we have a whole month to work on the cars before the third round at Eastern Creek,” he said.

“We have some new shock absorbers coming from the UK and new tyres to try.

“We will be conducting a test day at Eastern Creek Raceway mid May which is going to be a great opportunity to try the new components on the car.”

Racing the two black V8 powered VB Commodores built and prepared with the help of their father at the family’s state-of-the-art Ulladulla workshop, brothers Reece and Ryan are keen to hit the track this weekend after their strong debut performance last month.

“Ryan and I are extremely happy with the way things are progressing, we still feel there is a lot more speed to come from us as drivers,” Reece said.

“Knowing we have more suspension parts coming and a new type of tyre to use on the car means we should be able to find huge chunks of time relatively quickly.”

Ryan said it was a great feeling to race something he and his family have put so much effort into building.

“It’s not so great when you get back to the pits after a race and see damage on your beautiful car,” he said.

“But it’s still a rewarding experience and something we are all proud of.”

The cars will use their Wakefield Park testing set-up as a base starting point this weekend and hopefully use some of what they learned at Eastern Creek to fine tune the cars to suit the track conditions as the weekend progresses.

“We have fixed the broken tail-shaft that put Ryan out of the last race at Eastern Creek and we will return the set-up to what we used at Wakefield during pre-season testing,” Ryan said.

“We are all looking forward to getting to Wakefield Park and getting back out on the track.”

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