Scott wins stop-start NZ V8 race
April 21, 2007, 4pm. Fujitsu Holden Commodore driver Kayne Scott has sliced John McIntyre’s NZ V8 series points lead from 43 points to 28 after winning a fitful, stop and start first heat at Pukekohe this afternoon.
Scott won the start, and led through two Safety Car periods and restarts. At the final restart with only one lap to go, he came under pressure from Andy Booth’s Tasman Motorsport Commodore before edging away to win by 0.544 of a second.
McIntyre brought his BP Ultimate Ford Falcon home third , ahead of Paul Pedersen (Caltex Havoline Falcon), and David Besnard (Hydraulink Falcon).
Darryn Henderson (Radio Sport Commodore) completed the top six.
No-one had Scott’s pace. His fastest lap, 62.156s, was more than three-tenths of a second faster than next quickest driver, McIntyre.
At the start, Scott jumped to an immediate lead, from McIntyre and a fast-closing Booth.
McIntyre said Scott had eased him towards the outside as they entered the Sweeper, and that Booth had driven into the gap, opposite-locking.
After the first restart he said he’d got a good run on Scott and Booth at the hairpin. “I was just about past Andy and he ran me out of room.”
Impact between the two cars had left the Falcon’s right front suspension geometry de-arranged, McIntyre said.
The real story of the race was Angus Fogg’s charge thro9ugh from the back of the field in the Caltex Star Mart Falcon. He had qualified second-fastest but had to start from the back after changing an engine before the race.
He worked his way through to an 11th place finish, despite the fact that there were only really four clear racing laps – the bulk of the 12 being spent behind the Safety Car.
That left race-winner Scott to quip: “11th in four laps? Thank God for the Safety car.”
Andy’s day in TRS
April 21, 2007, 4pm. Andy Knight took first blood for the weekend in the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) at Pukekohe this afternoon.
Knight won Heat 1 by 1.5 seconds from Daniel Gaunt who has already wrapped up the title. Ben Harford was third.
Pole-winner Shane van Gisbergen had worked his way on to Knight’s rear wing before his car began trailing smoke and he pitted, later resuming the race. He finished 14th, a lap down.
Baird takes first GT3 race
April 21, 2007, 4pm. Craig Baird won the first Battery Town Porsche 911 GT3 race, by 2.4 seconds from Jody Vincent.
Rick Armstrong was third.
Baird’s chief rivals aren’t racing in the Porsche series this weekend. Fabian Coulthard is in the Australian V8 Supercar field and Matt Halliday is racing a Champ Car in the United States.