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Good Results From Ross at Manfeild

Tuesday 23 February 2010, 11:05PM

By Little Devil Motorsport

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CAMBRIDGE

Although unable to compete in the final race of the weekend at Manfeild Autocourse in Feilding, Cambridge driver Nick Ross was pleased with his results from the meeting and more importantly the overall speed of the Concept Motorsport Total Lubricants Commodore on the Manawatu circuit.

In race two on Sunday afternoon Ross was able to make his way through the field to well inside the top 10 sitting comfortably in seventh before an oil leak set him back a few places.

He was able to hold on and keep up the pace to cross the finish line in 10th place improving on his earlier good result where in race one he finished 11th moving up from a 13th place start.

"We started leaking oil two laps from the finish in that race and got oil all over my tyres and dropped back to 10th - we were having a good run until then. We are pretty happy with the way things are going, the car and the team are working really well - the chassis is quick, our engines are quick and we continue to work on making them reliable." said Ross.

Setting a good solid time in the first qualification session, Ross used the worn tyres in the second session to set the 13th fastest time before fitting new rubber.

Unfortunately for the Concept Motorsport crew the rain began to fall upsetting the session and catching them out before able to set their best time and make it through to the top 10 shootout.

"We did really well in qualifying for the first session and decided to stick with the same tyres for the next session - we posted a time and came in to change to new tyres but it started raining and we missed the window."

With the two solid results in the bag the Concept Motorsport team hurriedly set to work with preparing the car for the final race of the weekend where more good results were expected.

Although they were able to change engines in the narrow window between the televised races, there was a further issue which prevented them from starting the final race of the weekend.

"We had the other engine in the car with a half hour to spare we encountered a leak we couldn't get rid of." said Ross.

And although this set back was going to hurt Ross in the championship standings he showed no sign of anguish as he walked through the supportive spectators there to watch the penultimate round of the BNTV8s Championship.

"I'm always smiling." he said. "We are very much looking forward to Taupo, and will be getting a test in before that."

Taupo Motorsport Park is host to the final round of the season held next month and is also the official test track of the Cambridge based team which will fall in favour of Ross and the crew.

The final round of the BNTV8s Championship 2009-10 is March 20-21 held at Taupo Motorsport Park but it is followed by a non-championship event within the ITM 400 at Hamilton providing action-filled support racing for the third round of the Australian V8 Supercars on April 16-18.