MRTeam Mountain Conquest!

MRTeam Mountain Conquest!

February 23, 2013

Written by Chris Dobie – SouthernDrive.com.au

SHOALHAVEN motor racing outfit MRTeam have proven they are serious about their future in the sport with an impressive debut appearance at the world famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit in Bathurst.

Milton racing brothers, Reece and Ryan Marchello, stunned their more experienced competitors by racing their black V8 Commodores at the front of an improved production car field made up of competitors from around the country.

Racing as a support category for the recent Bathurst 12-hour endurance race, the boys had a twenty minute practice session followed by qualifying to learn the demanding and dangerous 6.2km circuit and the pair were tested by the tough conditions.

“The ambient temperature for qualifying was the hottest session all weekend, and it was demanding on drivers both physically and mentally,” MRTeam manager Terry Marchello said.
“Ryan and Reece drove cautiously while learning the lines, and gradually built up their pace.”

With the field reduced from 42 to 37 after the action packed practice and qualifying sessions Reece lined up 12th and Ryan 15th on the grid for their first race.
When the lights turned green both boys realised why the circuit has such a big reputation.

“To describe the first lap of race one as insane would be an understatement,” Ryan laughed.
“The power, speed and adrenalin was amazing, nothing can compare!”

With their car set up suited to the twists and turns across the top of the mountain and the power from their V8 motors hurtling them down the long straights, the two boys started posting lap times four seconds per lap faster than their qualifying pace.

Reece passed bunches of cars throughout the first few laps and moved up to fourth place and started to pull a gap on the chasing field that included brother Ryan in eighth position.
Unfortunately Ryan suffered brake fade at the end of Conrod straight and speared down the escape road dropping him to 15th position.

Back up front Reece was punching out consecutive personal best laps as he battled with much more experienced drivers. Unfortunately the front running pack’s lead was nullified when a late race safety car condensed the field.
When racing resumed, Reece found himself in a battle royal and by the chequered flag had slipped to sixth position.

Behind him Ryan had used the safety car to his advantage clawing his way back to 11th position.
“What a great way to start our race season, with a successful result at the amazing Mount Panorama circuit,” said Reece

Reece’s sixth place finish put him on the third row of the grid for race two and he was confident the legs of the V8 Holden could carry him closer to the front on his first run up mountain straight.

Unfortunately the mountain is not so easily tamed and when the lights turned green the big black V8 Holden sat motionless on the grid with a broken driveshaft universal joint.
As the entire field blazed past him on either side Reece held his breath and emerged mostly unscathed.

Ryan made a great start from the sixth row and jumped a number of cars on his first run up the mountain, but unfortunately he became a victim of Reece’s start line mechanical failure when the safety car was needed to remove his stricken Commodore.

A second safety car not longer after, forced officials to reduce the race to eight laps, leaving just a single last lap “mad dash” to the chequered flag.
Ryan avoided the last lap madness going on around him and secured a position in the top ten by finishing ninth.

“For our first time on the mountain we both felt very comfortable with the circuit.” Ryan said after the race.

“There is so much more to a race weekend like this one than just turning up and driving, none of this would have been possible without the wonderful support of all our sponsors, with a special thanks to John McCabe and McVeys Transport for getting us to Bathurst.”

An ecstatic team owner/manager Terry Marchello said the team had proven they are well on their way to reaching a winning formula.
“The boys drove with maturity, and showed everyone that they have what it takes to succeed” Terry said.


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