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Booth gives Holden a win


Andy Booth became the only Holden driver other than reigning champion Kayne Scott to win an NZ V8 race when he took victory in this morning’s 16-lapper.

Timaru International Raceway, March 4, 11.20am. Andy Booth scored his first NZ V8 victory of the season at Timaru this morning, cashing down and passing series points leader John McIntyre.

McIntyre led the early running, with Booth stalking him in the Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore.

Booth, who placed second in the opening race yesterday, said he is confident now that the team has a good car set-up.

That was confirmed by a Tasman Motorsport V8 Supercar engineer who attended the Manfeild round in February.

Booth says he has decided to concentrate on finding a faster pace through refining his driving style, rather than making constant changes to the chassis settings in the quest for speed.

And it’s paying off.

He passed McIntyre’s Ford for the lead on lap five.

Angus Fogg and David Besnard had relatively lonely races to finish third and fourth. At one point Fogg has closed in on McIntyre before dropping away again.

Paul Manuell drove to fifth after passing Andrew Anderson during lap 11. Their placings gave Holden three spots in the top six.

Falcon driver Paul Pedersen finished seventh ahead of Kayne Scott who produced a champion’s drive to thread his way through from the back of the grid. Scott had started off the back after missing qualifying because he was racing in the Australian V8 Development series yesterday.

Adam Brook (Ford) turned in another good drive to place 10th behind Dean Perkins’ Falcon.

Fogg’s third place has taken him past Scott in the championship points. McIntyre still leads.

Photo caption: David Besnard placed fourth in this morning's V8 race. Photo: Hydraulink Racing/Euan Cameron.



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