A post-race technical inspection found a track width regulation breach on Teretonga race winner John McIntyre's Ford Falcon.
There was only a millimetre involved, but it cost NZ V8s champion dearly when MotorSport New Zealand technical staff measured his Ford Falcon’s wheel track width and found it wider than allowed.
The upshot was officials excluded him from the results of yesterday’s first race at Teretonga, near Invercargill, and stripped him of the 75 points he had gained.
And that put McIntyre back into second in the series’ points standings and reinstated Kayne Scott in the lead. Scott had finished well down the order after his Falcon developed engine trouble mid-race. Both drivers start today’s races from the back of the grid.
“It’s down to measurements of a millimetre or less,” said a disappointed McIntyre. “We believe the track width was affected by a bent rim.
“We certainly did not make a mistake, but you can’t appeal a technical decision like this. It’s a set-back for sure, but it’s only one race.
“We’ll go as hard as we can in (Sunday’s) two races and for the following six races this season to maximise our points’ haul. It’s not an insurmountable situation.”
McIntyre’s exclusion elevated Holden Commodore racer Andy Booth to the win, followed by Craig Baird (Falcon) and Booth’s teammate, Paul Manuell.