Marcus Marshall endured a difficult weekend of racing as the V8 Supercar Championship headed to Eastern Creek for the second round of the season.

The IRWIN Racing man suffered problems throughout the weekend with his Falcon that left the former Champ Car man on the back-foot, with an engine issue in Friday practice forcing the team to make an engine change before qualifying.

With little information available, Marshall qualified down in 28th place but incidents with Michael Caruso and debutant Chris Pither meant he had to settle for 26th from the opening 31 lap race.

A fuel pressure issue forced Marshall to park the car on the final lap of race two but a solid drive in race three saw him climb to 16th by the end of the first lap. Stalling in the pits cost a valuable five seconds and then a late accident for Steven Richards meant there was a two-lap sprint to the finish, with Marshall unable to climb higher than 22nd when the chequered flag dropped.

"In each of the races I got really good starts, but couldn't take full advantage," he said. "The only driving error I made all weekend was stalling the car in the pits in the final race. However, you have to have everything working for you and that didn't happen this weekend.

"The car was pretty good, but we never got to tune it into something that could challenge. The loss of practice time really hurt us. Eastern Creek is a track that when you miss the mark on set-up you get punished. The team has a lot of resolve and we know that moving up the order will take a little while.

"We have the Grand Prix support event next week and with no championship pressure we will try a couple of things. It's an event I enjoy. I'm sure we will get a lot out of a non-points event."



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