Ford Falcons dominated the timesheets in the opening salvos of the Timaru round of the Parker Enzed NZ V8s Championship.
March 3, 2007, 9.30am. Caltex Ford Falcon driver Angus Fogg set the pace in timed practice for the Timaru round of the NZ V8s series yesterday. Fogg recorded the fastest time in both sessions, though in the afternoon run he scraped through just three-hundredths of a second faster than David Besnard (Hydraulink Falcon).
Fogg stopped the clock in 68.155 seconds on session one, lowering that to 68.014s in the afternoon. Besnard’s session two time was 0.036s behind Fogg’s.
John McIntyre (BP Ultimate Ford) had been second in session one, a tenth behind Fogg. He was third in session two, a shade under three-tenths of a second behind Besnard.
Mark Pedersen had been third in the United Video Falcon in the first se4ssion, 0.325s behind McIntyre, but a miscall on tyres saw him slump to sixth in session two.
He was aiming to try a different tyre fit for this morning’s warm-up.
Fastest Holden Commodore driver was Andy Booth, who was fifth in both sessions in the Tasman Motorsport-backed car. His times in each session were a tenth of a second apart, the quicker a 68.6s.
Paul Manuell was the next-best Commodore driver, seventh and eighth-fastest in the Orix car.
Truck racing superstar Inky Tuloch produced better than usual pace in the second GT Radials Falcon, finishing 10th in the second session with a lap 0.939s off Fogg’s fastest. He had been 18th in session one.
Two of the category’s fastmen, current champion Kayne Scott and Australian Luke Youlden, weren’t Timaru. They’re doing double duty in the Australian V8 Supercar Development series, and are at the Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide. They’ll fly in to race in Sunday’s two NZ V8 races.
The NZ V8s qualify and contest a 12-lap race this afternoon.
– Mike Stock in Timaru.
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