McNally looking to back up top five performance in Townsville

Rhys McNally

Rhys McNally. Pic: Dirk Klynsmith

Stratco Racing’s Rhys McNally is out to return to the top five in the fourth round of the Australian V8 Ute Racing Series this weekend on the back of his strong performance at the last round at Hidden Valley in Darwin just two weeks ago.

McNally is chasing a strong qualifying result with overtaking being limited on the tight Townsville street circuit.

A good string of race results in Darwin saw Rhys return to the top five, working closely alongside his Sieders Racing Team to continue to improve the setup of his Stratco Racing Holden V8 Ute, the West Australian is now determined to develop his car’s performance as the season hits its halfway point.

“We made some really strong improvements in Darwin and I feel far more confident in myself having put a strong round result behind me after our couple of disappointments earlier in the season. The team have worked really hard to give me the best car possible and I’m looking forward to getting back up the front every time I’m behind the wheel,” McNally said.

With the Reid Park street circuit in Townsville being notoriously tight providing few passing opportunities, McNally will be placing a heavy emphasis on qualifying high up the order to give himself the best chance of a good round result with success in the weekend’s three races.

“I’m really looking forward to hitting the track in Townsville, it’s obviously far different in terms of layout compared to Darwin so that will be a challenge to make that transition. It always provides some great racing though qualifying will be critical to setup the weekend so I’ll definitely be putting a lot of time and effort into ensuring I have the perfect setup for a quick time in the thirty minute session,” McNally added.

Townsville is amongst Rhys’ favourite rounds for the year with a large support from the local fans packing into the circuit, building a strong atmosphere with extensive support for the V8 Ute category. With four rounds remaining in the year, the chase Championship points remains to be a key focal point.

“The event in Townsville is a big one and I really enjoy visiting each year. Likewise with Darwin, the whole city gets behind it and creates an amazing atmosphere. We are definitely made to feel very welcome and the large crowds certainly add to the excitement of the weekend. It’s getting towards the business end of the season, so our focus is increasingly on Championship points with four rounds to go,” McNally concluded.