Promising display at Sandown leaves Michael Caruso confident of strong Bathurst performance
Following a charging drive at Sandown last weekend, Autoglym-supported Michael Caruso is excited for an improved performance approaching the season-ending Supercheap Auto Bathurst International round.
Caruso endured a heartbreaking result at Queensland Raceway when his Ashley Seward Motorsport Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR stopped while leading Race 2. This led to a superb effort by the ASM team to prepare the Alfa Romeo for Sandown, where Caruso demonstrated the Italian hot hatches pace as he charged through the field to take his first podium of the season.
If it wasn’t for being spun out on the opening race, Caruso’s may have enjoyed even stronger results.
“It’s great to get a result finally, we knew on Friday that we had a quick car and I’m glad we’ve been able to get a result out of it,” said Caruso.
“It could have been even better, we got taken out through no fault of our own which cost us a shot at winning two races.
“Our pace in the wet was phenomenal, I believe we had the quickest car in those conditions. Had it not rained though I believe we’d have still been up there as our dry pace on Friday was really good as well.
It has been a frustrating second Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series campaign for Caruso, but he believes he can be a contender at the season finale in November.
“We’re just looking to continue on now and carry this to Bathurst,” he said.
“It’s a place where you can really turn around the year with some good results, so we’ll be aiming to finish strong.
“Hopefully we can avoid the trouble that keeps finding us, even when we’re up front, we seem to cop it.
“Most importantly it was great to have a good weekend for our sponsors, Autoglym, Robson and Timken who’ve been great backers all year.”
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst International will host the final round of the series on November 11-13 where Caruso will also complete double duty in Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS.