Former NZ V8s front-runner gives Hepburn some handy hints and the bike and truck champ reaps the benefits.
Former motorcycle and truck racing ace, John Hepburn, says he’ll be taking a more analytical approach as he continues to learn the ropes of BNT NZ V8s racing.
Holden Commodore racer Hepburn took three top 20 finishes – the best 13th in race one – at last weekend’s third round of the 2008/2009 series at Ruapuna, Christchurch.
During the weekend he sought advice from former NZ V8s front-runner Clark Proctor who is sitting out this season to concentrate on business.
"Clark told me that you have to learn to drive in a totally different fashion,” says Hepburn. “You have to be more patient on the throttle."
Data collected by the car’s telemetry system showed Hepburn had been getting on the throttle too early, and after he took Proctor’s advice he says he was satisfied to see his lap times improve.
Hepburn struck brake problems in Saturday’s race, had to replace a wheel bearing after the first Sunday heat, and in the reverse grid race got "hammered off the start" as the Commodore got wedged in by other cars. But overall, he was "very pleased" with the improvement he’s gained from Proctor’s advice.