Auckland racing driver Angus Fogg (LG / Newstalk ZB Falcon) won Round 4 of the BNT V8s Championship – The juiced Up 200 – at Timaru International Raceway on Sunday
Nelson’s John McIntyre (Blackwoods Paykels Protector Safety Falcon) finished 2nd overall with Victoria’s Jason Bargwanna (Interislander Falcon) 3rd overall.
Fogg now leaves Timaru at the top of the championship points standings, despite being involved in a multi-car crash half way through the final race of the day. He was able to get his car moving again and effected repairs which were enough for him to collect valuable points to take the round win.
The opening 12 lap race of the day was a thriller as Paul Manuell powered his Commodore into the lead from the start while Fogg received a hit from behind sending him sideways but recovering to hold his position. Tim Edgell (Falcon) also received attention from behind on Turn 3 which sent him spinning out of contention, while Scott McLaughlin (Commodore) took evasive action leaving the circuit but rejoining towards the rear. Further opening lap drama resulted in Andrew Anderson (Commodore) spinning off wildly at the end of the back straight.
As the race settled down, Fogg went under Manuell at the end of the straight to take the lead he was to hold to the finish although he came under strong pressure from Kayne Scott (Falcon) who had closed within striking distance after also overtaking Manuell. Behind the front two a battle raged between Craig Baird (Falcon), McIntyre and Jason Bargwanna (Falcon) which was to last to the end although Andy Booth (Commodore) joined in for the final two laps which had the large crowd on their feet.
The order at the finish was therefore Fogg, Scott, Baird, McIntyre, Bargwanna and Booth. Without doubt the drive of the race came from Andy Knight (Falcon) who started from the rear of the grid following an overnight engine change. The Christchurch star was superb as he battled his way up to finish 7th while McLaughlin also showed his immense talent by recovering from his early set back to take 8th. Scott also set a new track record of 1 min 6.565 secs which is the first new track record to be set this season.
Race 2, also run over 12 laps, was a far more sedate affair although Fogg still had to withstand intense pressure from the chasing pack. Having won the start, he controlled the race well to lead from start to finish after a faultless drive in which he maintained a small gap to the pursuing Scott, Baird and McIntyre who finished in that order.
The highlight of the race was occurring behind the leading quartet as Knight, Booth and McLaughlin battled for 5th with Knight again starring as he passed Booth to take the position. McLaughlin tried everything to pass Booth but missed a gear twice which eventually saw him spin out of contention.
Bargwanna was partly baulked on the opening lap and dropped back to finish 7th ahead of Manuell, Martin Short and Eddie Bell. Edgell’s rotten day continued when he pinched his brakes and spun on the final lap while John Penney’s fine drive came to an abrupt end when the car’s steering rack broke sending him into a tyre wall and into retirement.
The final 22 lap full reverse grid feature race was running as expected and being competently led by Nick Ross ahead of Andrew Anderson who was eventually passed by a flying Tim Edgell. At mid-distance, as the points leaders were making their way through the field, a multiple car collision occurred after several cars slid off on oil dropped at the end of the back straight after the differential exploded on Craig Baird’s car. Drivers involved included Kayne Scott, Angus Fogg, Scott McLaughlin, David Hopper, Eddie Bell and Martin Short with Knight and Edgell also spinning but avoiding the crashed cars.
With so many cars badly damaged and the dangerous location of the crash, the race was red flagged while the mess was cleaned up and the track repaired. On the restart, Cambridge driver Nick Ross drove the race of his life to lead until the last two laps when he was overhauled by eventual winner Bargwanna recording the Aussie battler’s first win in New Zealand. The victory was also a debut win for newly established V8 team Tulloch Motorsport. McIntyre hung onto Ross’s rear bumper to take 3rd in the race ahead of Andy Booth. They were followed by John Hepburn, Simon Richards, Paul Manuell, Edgell, Fogg and Andrew Anderson.
The next round of the BNT V8s Championship will take place at Manfeild Park in Feilding in three weeks’ time.
1 Angus Fogg 713
2 Craig Baird 657
3 John McIntyre 608
4 Kayne Scott 591
5 Andy Booth 527
6 Andy Knight 503
7 Tim Edgell 470
8 Jason Bargwanna 409
9 Paul Manuell 408
10 Scott McLaughlin 338
11 Eddie Bell 330
12 Martin Short 329
13 Simon Richards 320
14 Andrew Anderson 309
15 Nick Ross 307
16 John Penny 303
17 William Bamber 279
18 John Hepburn 226
19 David Hopper 186
20 Wade Henshaw 91
21 Haydn Mackenzie 74
22 Christina Orr 60