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Old 18 Jan 2009, 20:00 (Ref:2374047)   #31
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Anyone shed some light on the technical disqualification Johnny Mac got after winning race 1??
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 20:46 (Ref:2374072)   #32
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Qualifying in more detail

McIntyre scored his second pole position of the season with a time of 1:02.956, just over four-hundredths of a second quicker than Scott.



In the first 20 minute session, Andy Booth was quickest in the Big Ben Pies Holden, his time of 1:03.202 putting him ahead of Scott, Angus Fogg, Paul Manuell and Tim Edgell as the quickest five.



The second session of 15 minutes featured the top 20 competitors with Scott quickest with 1:02.743, ahead of Fogg, Booth, McIntyre and Manuell.



Race 1 in more detail

Southland’s infamous weather almost dominated the afternoon with a thunderstorm stopping the Toyota Racing Series immediately before the scheduled 12-lap BNT V8 race.



After a 50 minute delay the twilight race finally got underway at 8pm with McIntyre delivering a commanding pole-to-chequered flag performance. However the defending champion was later excluded from the results for a technical infringement when the series scrutineer assessed that the wheel track width on McIntyre’s BP Ultimate Ford was wider than specified in regulations.

“It’s down to measurements of a millimetre or less,” said a disappointed McIntyre. “We believe the track width was affected by a bent rim – we certainly did not make a mistake, but you can’t appeal a technical decision like this. It’s a set-back for sure, but it’s only one race. We’ll go as hard as
can in the last eight races of the season to maximise our points’ haul. It’s not an insurmountable situation.”

With the track still quite wet and rain lurking nearby for the delayed 12-lap race, most competitors elected to run on the treaded Dunlop ‘wet’ tyre.

Immediately after the race, McIntyre said: “Towards the end we were cruising to help hold the tyres together. Being able to set pole position really sets you up for the whole weekend and, after being a bit down after not being able to do as well as we would have liked at Timaru, the whole John McIntyre Racing team really needed a good result like this.”

Crossing the line in second, and later being awarded the race win, Andy Booth said: “We’d gone out on slicks to check the track conditions. There was a bit of confusion whether we were meant to be on wet or slick Dunlops, but it was definitely a track for wets, so we did a swift change and got back to the starting grid. We had some good pace, despite not having time to do a set-up specifically for the wets. It was pleasing to pass Angus [Fogg] in the first part of the race and after Kayne went backwards with his engine issues, we decided to consolidate our placing, get the points and have a good starting place tomorrow.”


McIntyre, Scott, Angus Fogg and Andy Booth led the field cleanly around the first lefthander, but a tangle with another competitor left Michael Bristow stranded in the gravel for the entire race – incredibly frustrating for the talented Tex Onsite Ford driver who was holding a very competitive tenth in the championship standings before this round. Top ten qualifiers Andrew Anderson, Tim Edgell and Paul Pedersen tangled at the elbow, leaving Edgell and Pedersen to battle back through the field and Anderson with a drive-through penalty from officials.



Craig Baird made the most of every opportunity to take the United Video Ford passed others, quickly tucking in behind Booth while McIntyre extended a handy lead until the safety car came out briefly to help John Hepburn out of the gravel.



Scott’s car started to slow significantly when the engine suffered a broken mandrel pulley midway through the race. This allowed Booth, Baird, Fogg and Paul Manuell through, then Baird and Fogg had a good battle through the twisty part of Teretonga’s circuit. Fogg eventually stopped on the eighth lap with a failed alternator and a resultant flat battery, while McIntyre crossed the line first with Booth, Baird, Manuell following him home and Pedersen managing to improve from eleventh to fifth.



Race two in more detail

Fresh from winning a Porsche GT3 race earlier in the morning, United Video Ford driver Craig Baird took victory in the second BNT V8s race of the weekend in what was a very unusual race. Expert BNT V8s series commentator Brian Kelly said it was one of the most bizarre race starts he’s ever seen in this series.



“The changing weather conditions meant just nine teams made it to the starting grid – some, like Baird, had managed to change from their Dunlop D14 dry tyres to the treaded wet tyres before the pit lane exit closed, while some had elected to stay on the drys,” said Kelly. “But the other 13 competitors were still in the pits changing to wets when the exit closed and had to start the race from pit lane. It was just bizarre to have so much of the field start from pit lane!”



One of those electing to make the decision to change to wets was Tim Edgell in the Chesters Ford. “Randell [Edgell, Tim’s father and team manager] made the call to change tyres quite early and even though we missed the pit exit closure, we lined up at the front of that queue, which effectively allowed us to move from 15th on the grid to come out on to the circuit in tenth.”



Baird made the win look easy, cruising to victory with a 14 second gap to second-placed Andy Booth who would have started on pole courtesy of his win in the first race after original race winner McIntyre was excluded from the results if he hadn’t been stuck in pit lane.



“We changed to wets and were caught by the pit closure,” said Booth. “We believe the whole race should have been declared wet so everyone would have been on wets. Having said that, we were very pleased to have started from pit lane and finished as well as we did. This closes the points’ gap up to McIntyre and Scott.”



With Baird on the actual grid were Paul Manuell, Inky Tulloch, Chris Adams, Eddie Bell, Angus Fogg, Dale Williams, Andrew Porter and Mack Peach, with Manuell and Fogg, and possibly others, electing to stay on slicks. On the very wet circuit, Manuell slipped back through the field, allowing Tulloch and Adams through, while Booth, Pedersen and Edgell started their attack. Midway, Baird started lapping the slower competitors as Booth and Pedersen continued to improve their placings. McIntyre also made vast improvements, carving through the field from virtually the back to eventually finish seventh.



As the circuit dried and the slick tyres of Manuell and Fogg had better grip than the now-starting-to-wear wets, this duo started to pick up places at a rate of knots. Manuell also set the fastest lap time, 1:04.852, in the entire race.



Other than Baird’s dominant run at the front, the rest of the field changed places at an unprecedented rate for most of the 16 laps. In second, Booth was followed home by Tulloch, Pedersen and Edgell, with the top ten was completed by Manuell, McIntyre, Adams, Bristow and Fogg. Race three in more detail

The starting grid for the 20-lapper is determined by adding together the points each driver earns in the first two races and reversing the order. However any drivers with demerit points and other infringements also get shuffled around so Timaru’s John Hepburn was on pole with Bombay’s Mack Peach beside him. Fogg was the best placed of the top runners in third with Pukekohe’s Michael Bristow sharing the second row.



Fogg whipped between Hepburn and Peach to snatch the lead immediately past the start line, then on the sweeper Peach went off, requiring the safety car to come out. After safety crews were unable to retrieve Peach’s car after three laps behind the safety car, the race was halted until the circuit was clear. As the field resumed racing, Fogg led from Hepburn, Simon Richards, Andrew Anderson and Bristow.



Series front runners Scott, McIntyre, Booth and Baird swiftly worked up through the field with Manuell hot on their heels. Anderson didn’t take long to make it into second place, a position he held behind the very determined Fogg for 13 of the 20 laps. Andy Knight copped a drive-through penalty for contact with Andrew Porter. A similar penalty imposed on the fast-improving Tim Edgell for contact with Richards was later revoked and Edgell’s ninth place instated.



McIntyre’s chase through the field earned him second place and he whittled Fogg’s lead down to just over one second. With another lap, perhaps McIntyre would have caught Fogg, but Foggy hadn’t earned the honour of the race’s fastest lap – 1:03.314 – by mucking around.



“It makes it easier to win these reverse grid races when you’re starting near the front, although being near the front of the reverse grid isn’t really a good thing,” said Fogg who drops from fifth overall to sixth. “Still we’ll take the win and the points after a challenging weekend.”



At the chequered flag, Fogg and McIntyre were followed home by Anderson for his best finish of the season. Scott was fourth, Bristow fifth with the top ten rounded out by Nick Ross, John Penny, Manuell, Booth and Adam Brook.

BNT V8s Championship – Provisional Overall Points

After five of seven rounds

Position, Driver, Hometown, Car, Provisional points

1, Kayne Scott, Hamilton, Ford Falcon, 829

2, John McIntyre, Nelson, Ford Falcon, 797

3, Andy Booth, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 706

4, Craig Baird, Gold Coast, Ford Falcon, 691

5, Paul Manuell, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 581

6, Angus Fogg, Auckland, Ford Falcon, 570

7, Paul Pedersen, Taupo, Ford Falcon, 550

8, Eddie Bell, Christchurch, Ford Falcon, 498

9, Andrew Anderson, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 487

10, Michael Bristow, Pukekohe, Ford Falcon, 453

11, Adam Brook, Christchurch, Ford Falcon, 444

12, Tim Edgell, Auckland, Ford Falcon, 420

13, John Penny, Taupo, Holden Commodore, 418
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 04:07 (Ref:2378542)   #33
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Why is it Holden struggle in the NZ series ,is it engine power or aero
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 06:52 (Ref:2378570)   #34
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Sorry for the Newbie question, but there doesn't seem to be a VE body style in the class? It might keep costs down but must not assist the sponsorship from Holden and makes the class look out of date.
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 07:26 (Ref:2378578)   #35
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Sorry for the Newbie question, but there doesn't seem to be a VE body style in the class? It might keep costs down but must not assist the sponsorship from Holden and makes the class look out of date.
I dont think holden has much of an involvement in the class and alot of teams simply couldnt afford it the class is more about good racing than being up to date i think

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Old 25 Jan 2009, 20:56 (Ref:2379177)   #36
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I dont think holden has much of an involvement in the class and alot of teams simply couldnt afford it the class is more about good racing than being up to date i think
I believe it is on the cards soon but think it's going to be the shell only sitting on the old chassis. I think they were waiting for the FG so both brands got the face lift
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 00:20 (Ref:2379298)   #37
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Dont they usually use ex v8 supercar shells? It will be difficult to get a FG shell for awhile i would imagine as they would all go to the Development series
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 01:49 (Ref:2379325)   #38
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No they don't use SuperCar chassis/shells.
I believe that they're much more 'production' based (similar to V8Utes).
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oh ok then my bad
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Dont they usually use ex v8 supercar shells? It will be difficult to get a FG shell for awhile i would imagine as they would all go to the Development series
No as I understand it the chassis are ex cop cars or taxis that get stripped and built up from there.
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It might similar to Commodore Cup in specification, but with it being NZ's 'number one' tin-top class then the build of the cars, for the front runners anyway, wouldn't haveCommodore cup style of penny pinching surely?

FG ex-taxis wouldn't be in abundant supply for the next season?
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It might similar to Commodore Cup in specification, but with it being NZ's 'number one' tin-top class then the build of the cars, for the front runners anyway, wouldn't haveCommodore cup style of penny pinching surely?

FG ex-taxis wouldn't be in abundant supply for the next season?
With the way taxi drivers drive in auckland im sure it wont be to hard to find a damaged one
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It might similar to Commodore Cup in specification, but with it being NZ's 'number one' tin-top class then the build of the cars, for the front runners anyway, wouldn't have Commodore cup style of penny pinching surely?
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But in these tough economic times is it the best to be a little penny pinching, it is the best to keep cars on the grid in my opinion.
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But in these tough economic times is it the best to be a little penny pinching, it is the best to keep cars on the grid in my opinion.
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