Successful driver and new NZV8 Team Owner John McIntyre believes this years championship chase will be the hardest ever and that the most accurate team and driver performance will win the title.
McIntyre (29) started a new one car Ford Falcon team (John McIntyre Racing) in July this year and he and his team have their first race meeting under the JMR banner this weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Right from the beginning the Team have focused on being as accurate as possible, using the latest in technology to design components during the car development and investing in additional data acquisition equipment to record testing data down to the finest detail.
At three test days (two at Manfeild and one at Pukekohe) the JMR team gathered a significant amount of information (data) which confirmed the accuracy of the car set-up and the required changes to suit the new D14 compound tyre. "We were able to get a huge log of information from very few laps in our testing, making the best use of our testing equipment," commented Perry Field JMR Technical Director.
The new harder compound tyre and the change to longer races and a full reverse grid final race has really changed the make up of the NZV8 Championship. "The team which can consistently produce a good race set-up which is easy to drive and can assist in passing in the 3rd race will be the team that will win the championship. Our team will strive to be the most accurate in everything we do so we can consistently finish on the podium and collect points, from a driving point of view I will need to drive for points and drive with accuracy all season," said John McIntyre
To ensure Johnny Mac can concentrate on driving he will step aside from team management duties on race weekend and long time Engineer and Sponsor Richard Field of Lodge Auto Centre will run the team. "Its important that everyone does their jobs to the best of their abilities and on race weekend John is the driver and he will have every chance to concentrate purely on that role," said Richard Field JMR Team Manager
The JMR No 47 Flacon will hit the fast Pukekohe track on Friday morning for the first championship practice session at 12.15. as the NZV8s Championship begins.