Defending champion and current points leader, John McIntyre, has given his BP Ultimate Ford Falcon a major freshen-up going into this weekend’s crucial final round of the 2008/2009 BNT NZ V8s series at Pukekohe
He’s just 38 points ahead of Fujitsu Ford driver Kayne Scott and is leaving nothing to chance as he chases his hat trick of championships.
“Our gearbox has required new components and we’ve also installed a new clutch and flywheel, re-kitted the brakes, replaced the rear windscreen, checked the engine and had all of the suspension apart,” says McIntyre.
“(Orix Holden Commodore racer) Paul Manuell had pole at Pukekohe when we raced there in November and we’ll have six or seven cars within a few tenths of a second there.”
Craig Baird is third in the series in the United Video Falcon run by his father-in-law, Garry Pedersen.
AV8 Motorsport Holden racers Andy Booth (Big Ben Pies Commodore) and Manuell are fourth and fifth.
Manuell says he’s encouraged by recent testing at Pukekohe. “We were faster than any other testing session we’ve had at Pukekohe. That’s encouraging and we’re hoping to repeat pole position (which is) going to be vital for this final round.”
Sixth on points Angus Fogg (LG Falcon) is looking to better his Pukekohe lap record. “We’d also like to build on November’s strong performance where we qualified on the front row of the grid. To go one better and take pole would be ideal.”