Clash with Aussie Supercar round causes NZ series finale to be brought forward
MotorSport New Zealand has brought forward the date for the final round of the 2008/2009 BNT NZ V8s Championship to avoid a clash with the opening round of the 2009 Australian V8 Supercar round.
The NZ series’ final, set originally for Pukekohe on March 20-22 will now run from March 13-15.
“The reason for the date change is to avoid clashing with the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar event in Australia, the dates of which have just been confirmed,” says Kerry Cooper, general manager of NZ series promoter, The MotorSport Company.
“(Several drivers) in our BNT V8s, and other premier motor race championship series like the Porsche GT3 Cup Championship, who also compete in classes running at the Clipsal 500 or the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix meeting the following weekend of March 27-29.
“So it’s important that our competitors aren’t made to choose between which championship they’ll drive in if the dates conflict.
Defending champion John McIntyre leads the NZ V8s series heading to the third round at Christchurch’s Ruapuna Park on November 28-30.
Provisional BNT NZ V8s series points: John McIntyre, Nelson, Ford Falcon, 345; Kayne Scott, Hamilton, Ford Falcon, 332; Andy Booth, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 253; Paul Manuell, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 239; Andrew Anderson, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 238; Paul Pedersen, Rotorua, Ford Falcon, 234; Michael Bristow, Pukekohe, Ford Falcon, 222; Craig Baird, Gold Coast, Ford Falcon, 196; Eddie Bell, Christchurch, Ford Falcon, 193; Dale Williams, Auckland, Ford Falcon, 189.
Scott racks up Super Sedan win
Ewan Scott drew first blood in round two of the 2008/2009 Pacific Sheet & Coil NZ Super Sedan Series at Manfeild Park, Manawatu, yesterday.
Scott drove his much modified Datsun 1200 to victory in the handicap start race in which more than half the field starting from the pitlane as the first five cars received a huge start.
Scott won from Neil Deighton and Reon Stratford who normally run in the North Island OSCA Saloon Championship.
Regular Super Sedan competitor Mark Heimgartner was fourth in his ChevroletCamaro ahead of Wayne Conder in another Camaro. with 2006/2007 champion Grant Brennan of Tauranga sixth overall in his Brennan SB2 Corvette.