An ultra-competitive qualifying session has set-up a nail-biting battle in this afternoon’s first NZ V8 race.
Timaru International Raceway, March 3, 12.45pm. John McIntyre produced scintillating pace to take pole starting position for this afternoon’s Parker Enzed NZ V8 race at Timaru. The BP Ultimate Ford Falcon driver wrested pole off Andy Booth (Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore) in the dying stages of the session with a lap of 67.127s. Booth was 0.087s behind.
But the story of qualifying was the resurgent form of the Commodores, with three in the top six.
Paul Manuell gridded the Orix Holden fifth, three-tenths off McIntyre. Andrew Anderson was sixth in the Power Horse car, another three-tenths back.
David Besnard (Hydraulink Falcon) and Angus Fogg (Caltex Star Mart Ford) have qualified third and fourth.
Mark Pedersen (United Video Ford) and Paul Pedersen (no relation, Caltex Havoline Falcon) are seventh and eighth, Paul just 0.049s behind Mark.
Ninth is Christchurch driver Adam Brook (Falcon) who is contesting only the series’ South Island races.
Tenth grid spot is Andrew Fawcett’s in another Falcon.
Lurking just outside the top 1o was truck race ace Inky Tulloch with 68.125s for 11th place in the GT Radials Falcon.
– Mike Stock at Timaru.
Photo caption: NZ V8 pole-winner John McIntyre.