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Double-hit puts Booth out of race


Former champion says the Tasman Motorsport Commodore will be back for Race 3 after being badly damaged in this morning’s NZ V8 heat.

March 11, 2007, 1.30pm. Former NZ V8 champion Andy Booth says he’ll be back on track for this afternoon’s reverse grid race at Teretonga.

His Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore was severely damaged in a multi-car crash soon after the start of this morning’s Parker Enzed series NZ V8 race.

The crash, which left the diff bent, kept the Holden out of the race, in which Booth had started fourth, right behind series leader Kayne Scott’s Fujitsu Holden Commodore.

Booth said that as the cars accelerated down to Turn 1, “it appears Scott decided to brake 20 metres too early and backed up everyone on the right-hand side of the grid.”

Turn 1 is a left-hander, known as the Loop, and the pole-winner, David Besnard started from the left-hand side of the track. Scott started from the outside (right-hand) side of the front row.

“As (Scott) hit the brakes, I hit the back of his car and Clark (Proctor, Ford Falcon) hit the back of me, and then there was ensuing chaos.

“Kayne was obviously conceding the corner, but he braked instead of lifting off (the throttle).”

That caught out the following drivers who were still hard on the gas.

Booth said his car was “not looking very happy, but we’ll have it running in the next one.”

“The diff was very badly bent which meant we couldn’t have carried on. We’re putting a replacement diff in the car now. We’ll beat the panels out as best we can, and carry on.

“The only consolation is that it might move us further up the starting order for the reverse grid race.”

– Mike Stock at Teretonga.

Photo caption: Andy Booth on the grid at Teretonga. Photo by Jeff Smith.


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