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April 8 motorsport News Round-up


Australian V8 Supercars, Cardrona hillclimb, OSCA and Super Sedans.

Bright gets help from rival

April 8, 2007, 8.15pm. Help from V8 Supercar rival Brad Jones Racing will see Jason Bright put a Fujitsu Ford Falcon on the grid at Pukekohe in a fortnight’s time.

Brad Jones Racing has leased its spare Ford Falcon BF race car to Fujitsu Racing after Bright's car was severely damaged on the Friday practice session at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway on March 23.

The plan is to repair Bright's car, but with turnaround times between events being on average just three weeks, the crew’s attention will be primarily on preparing the Jones-supplied car.

"The assistance of Brad Jones Racing and in particular Brad and Kim themselves clearly shows the spirit of cooperation amongst the Ford teams," says Fujitsu Racing general manager, Chris Jewell.

"The crash in Perth was a massive blow to our team. Although it was a car that had done around four seasons of competition, we had completely updated (it) technically and we were delighted with its progression. That's all now a memory, but we we’ll bounce back once we get through (Round 3 at Pukekohe).

"We’ve got the car down from the Brad Jones Racing workshop in Albury and are now getting it all together for New Zealand.

"The fact is that we only have a limited time to get that done and then try to learn the car throughout the practice on the Friday of that event.

"With all due respect to everyone involved, the New Zealand round could be a challenging weekend for us.

"Beyond that race we’ll assess repairing our car, the ongoing assistance of Brad Jones Racing and any other options that could come our way. Thankfully the race after NZ is at Winton which is just a few hours from our base.

"We also have plans to build a car throughout this year for 2008, so our future plans are all still looking very positive."

Tajima takes eight Race to Sky

April 8, 2007, 8.15pm. Japanese hillclimb specialist Nobuhiro (Monster) Tajima clinched his eighth Race to the Sky title at Cardrona, near Wanaka, this afternoon.

He drove his Suzuki Vitara hillclimb special up the hill in eight minutes 03.9354 seconds.

Former WRC driver Kenneth Eriksson was second in an ex-Possum Bourne Subaru Impreza, with a time of 8m 20.9246s.

Manukau City, Auckland, driver Andrew Hawkeswood was third in his Mitsubishi Lancer Ev0 8, to retain his crown as fastest New Zealander on the mountain.

Hawkeswood made the climb in 8m 29.5301s.

Dawson is NZ OSCA champion

April 8, 2007, 8pm. Invercargill driver Colin Dawson wrapped up the New Zealand OSCA Super Saloon Championship at the Taupo Motor Racing circuit this afternoon.

Earlier in the season he won the 2006/2007 South Island OSCA Championship in his Mazda RX8.

He made a great start to his campaign to win the NZ OSCA crown at the two North Island rounds when he scored two good results in the opening round at Manfeild on March 31/April 1.

A gearbox problem cost him the championship lead in the final race at Manfeild and he went to the finale at Taupo two points adrift.

Dawson had another great weekend at Taupo, qualifying third fastest before snaring a second place in the opening race on Saturday afternoon.

He started Sunday morning's reverse grid race from 26th on the grid with a 10 second handicap and drove through the field to a superb win.

Dawson and his team then did the maths and knew what they had to do in the third and final race to seal the championship. From 25th on the grid he cruised to 16th place.

That was enough to seal both the New Zealand OSCA Super Saloon Championship and the New Zealand GT2 Class title, the latter adding to his South Island GT2 crown.

Palmerston North driver Cameron Jones was second overall in the championship with Tim Rooney of Tauranga third.

Brennan takes Super Saloon crown.

April 8, 2007, 8pm. Tauranga driver Grant Brennan won the 2006/2007 Schaeffer Oil NZ Super Sedan Series at the Taupo Motor Racing Circuit today.

Brennan arrived at the final round nine points clear of Aucklander Steve Cox with Papakura driver Dean Evans and Waitara's Ross Calgher also in contention.

Brennan won Saturday's handicap race from the back of the grid in his Brennan Chevrolet Corvette SB2.

Cox had a disastrous start to the weekend when the gearbox in his Ferrari F40 Silhouette failed on Saturday, damaging the crown wheel and pinion and rendering him a non-starter in Sunday's two races.

Brennan made sure of the title with two second placings on Sunday.

The first, in the rolling start scratch race, came after a superb dice with Dayne Running in a Chevrolet Camaro.

In the afternoon race he charged through the field into second place.

Evans raced well throughout the weekend to finish the championship in second place in his Mazota while the consistent Calgher ended the series third in his Dodge Viper.

After his problems on Saturday Cox dropped from second to fourth in the final standings.



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