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Besnard set for NZ V8 debut


Australian V8 Supercar driver David Besnard gets his first start in the ultra-competitive NZ V8 Champioonship at Pukekohe early next month.

Besnard is one of three Australians to contest the series, and will race the Tracer Motorsport Hydraulink Ford Falcon. Last season the car was a front-runner in the hands of John McIntyre who is running his own Falcon team in the 2006/2007 series.

Other Australians racing are Luke Youlden and Cameron McLean, both also in Falcons.
Besnard has started more than 60 V8 Supercar races.

Former single seater and Touring Car driver Ian Spurle returns to racing with an ex-Paul Manuell Holden Commodore.

“Watching how the NZ V8s (have) developed as a highly competitive, high profile series I decided I’d like to get back into the New Zealand racing scene,” says Spurle (41).

“I decided to establish my own team, with some investors, so this will be the first time I haven’t been driving for someone else’s team.

“One of our biggest challenges is the organisation and logistics. We expect to have a well-run, well-engineered team but this doesn’t happen overnight. I’m very fortunate to have some good partners with excellent knowledge. While I have confidence we can run near the front of the pack, I expect this to be a learning season as much as anything.”

Ex-Formula Ford champion Tim Edgell (26) will race a brand new Falcon being prepared by Autotek in Christchurch.

Edgell has raced only single seaters previously but is hoping for a top 20 result. “I’d like to be the first New Zealand rookie this season, although as the other rookies have international experience that might be a pretty big prediction.” 

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