Next weekend's Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship will be Chris Pither's first run around the Mallala circuit - north of Adelaide - in a V8 Supercar.
Next weekend's Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship will be Chris Pither's first run around the Mallala circuit - north of Adelaide - in a V8 Supercar. Unlike at the previous Oran Park round, however, this is not his first outing at the small but exciting circuit, having competed there 12 months ago in a V8 Ute.
Another large field of just under 40 entrants will do battle with the Kanga Loaders AU Falcon in three races next Sunday, 17 September. Races 1 and 2 (the latter a reverse grid) are 16 laps and Race 3 is 28 laps of the 2.2 kilometre circuit, which nearly always provides close racing.
The Kanga Loaders Falcon is rearing to go after the Race 2 engine fire at Oran Park. Damaged electrical wiring, plumbing and the carbon fibre engine airbox have been replaced. As a precaution, the engine was dismantled and rebuilt, even though the team was "pretty confident" that nothing had got inside it.
Chris Pither says of his approach to the weekend, "I need to qualify better than I have been. I have been getting further and further back on the grid, so I want to concentrate on that. Starting back there makes it hard for the rest of the weekend."
Partington RacePrep boss, Bruce Partington, commented, "From my point of view we don't need to do anything differently. My advice to Chris will be the same as always: we have got to finish every lap of every race. Don't get any penalties (for hitting other cars) and you will get the maximum points possible for the weekend. If we hit someone else, we cost ourselves points and damage."
Pither and his Kanga Loaders Falcon are currently 15th in the Championship, having an accident in Race 2 at Wakefield Park and suffered the engine box fire at Oran Park, also in Race 2. Not being able to start Race 3 at either of those rounds has hurt the young Kiwi's points haul.