Zukanovic eyes Commodore Cup title
Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series racer Marus Zukanovic is preparing for a full assault on the 2011 Commodore Cup National Series crown.
The 30-year-old has competed in the category’s opening two rounds at Wakefield Park and Bathurst, finishing second on each occasion.
Currently holding a 10 point lead over closest rival Ross McGregor in the series standings, Zukanovic says he’s aiming to run the full season.
“There’s a fair amount of time between rounds with Fujitsu,” Zukanovic, the 2006 Commodore Cup Series winner, told Speedcafe.com.
“We’ve only got seven and there’s some fair breaks between them – so the Commodore Cup just fills it in nicely.
“It keeps me racing, it keeps me active, and it keeps me on track. You can’t buy enough race miles.
“To top it off we’ve had a good start with two second places, one at Wakefield at one at Bathurst.
“That’s got us into the championship lead, so we’ll continue on and see if we can’t win a title while I continue my Fujitsu Series campaign.”
Zukanovic will once again team up with his V8 Supercar mechanic Gerard McLeod at the upcoming Winton Endurance Challenge.
Zukanovic currently sits 22nd in the Fujitsu Series after experiencing mixed fortunes in the opening two rounds.
The Midway Commodore failed to start either race in Adelaide after a mechanical issue in qualifying, before finishing 11th overall at Barbagallo.
The 2011 season marks Zukanovic’s first in a VE Commodore, having leased James Rosenberg’s ex-Paul Morris Motorsport chassis.Prepared by Zukanovic’s family team in Melbourne, the car runs Kenny McNamara engines.
Zukanovic’s previous mount, an ex-Walkinshaw Performance VZ Commodore (HRT051), is currently for sale, but may appear in Zukanovic’s hands in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series later in the season.