Race car engineer Wayne Anderson has begun building a brand new Holden Commodore VZ NZ V8 car to replace the Pinepac/ITM Holden written off at Pukekohe on November 4.
The car, driven by Andrew Anderson, was tapped into a spin in the second NZ Truth V8 race and was then crashed into by Julia Huzziff’s Holden.
Andrew says work on the replacement car began last week with the rollcage being built into the bodyshell, and components being gathered together.
“My damaged car has been fully stripped so that a review of salvageable components can be carried out,” he said.
“Obviously (the new) car won’t be able to be completed in time for the upcoming Ruapuna round later this month (November 24 and 25) However, it’s scheduled to be completed in time for some shakedown testing prior to the A1GP Taupo meeting in the new year.
“With the development progress of all the Holdens run out of (Wayne Anderson’s) AV8 Motorsport workshop, it ‘s bound to be worth the wait, and an awesome Christmas present for Pinepac Racing.”
AV8 also built the Tasman Motorsport car raced to second place in the Pukekohe round by Andy Booth, and Paul Manuell’s Orix Holden.
Andrew says he’s looking for a completive car to race at Ruapuna.
“We’re currently reviewing several options that have become available through discussions with other Holden teams and hope to conclude something (soon).
“As the bulk of our running gear has survived the impact, we intend to use this in whichever chassis we secure.”
After checking out the wrecked car in the AV8 workshop, Andrew says he’s extremely grateful for all of the people who have developed the safety package for the NZ V8 race cars.
“Not only the likes of the rollcage design, which in this case has absorbed an enormous amount of energy and dispersed it around my safety cell, but the integration of the seat mounting into the car.
“As for the seat itself, what can I say? The requirement for FIA seats (goes) along with the obviously awesome design and construction of my (New Zealand-made) RaceTech 4009WHR seat.
“(That was) what made a major contribution to looking after me. I’m indebted to the quality of this seat and that I was able to walk away from the crash.”
Anderson says that before the Pukekohe race weekend he spent “the best part of a day just working on the positioning of the seat, ensuring adequate padding was around my seating location, including padding forward of the A pillar in and around my legs and ensuring that the seat (mounting) bolts both to the chassis and the seat were of the correct specification.
“I actually found a couple were not and replaced them (and put in) some additional ones. (I now realise how) beneficial that exercise was.”