Timaru may be John Hepburn’s home town, but the NZ V8s driver says he doesn’t take any special edge into this weekend’s races there, and no-one should expect too much of him
But the former motorcycle racer will be putting his best foot forward as he says “thank you” to the South Canterbury businesses which have backed his Holden Commodore in his debut season in the 2008/2009 BNT NZ V8s series.
He took the John Hepburn Racing Holden to his first top 10 finish at Pukekohe and wants to build on the progress he made at Ruapuna where former series fastman, Clark Proctor, gave him some useful advice.
That advice, combined with study of computer data, convinced Hepburn to change his driving style. "(This weekend) we want to continue to build on the help we received at Ruapuna. We’ll have the benefit of computer data again to help us at this round."
Hepburn says he doesn’t regard Timaru as his home track. "Apart from Taupo they’re probably all my home track as I have been around them all so often, none more so than Manfeild (in the Manawatu).”
He says he views competing in NZ V8s as a five-year plan. “(At Timaru), we’ll be trying 110 percent, but there’s still much to learn and much information about setting up the car to be absorbed."