Double New Zealand V8 touring car champion John McIntyre has ambitious goals for the upcoming Teretonga and Timaru rounds of the popular BNT V8s series
“Now’s the time to really stamp our dominance on the championship points-table and consolidate the lead we earned at the previous round at Ruapuna at the end of November,” says the Nelson-based driver.
“The goal for the whole John McIntyre Racing team is to have the Talley’s Ford on pole at both rounds, then win four of the six races. Obviously that’s not easy to achieve, but we’re quietly confident we have the right package. It will require a solid team effort and for everything to be exactly right.”
Having already put the Talley’s Ford on pole at the first two rounds and won three of the six races contested to date, McIntyre is certainly in a good position to fulfil his ambition of maximising his points’ haul on the two South Island circuits.
“Both Teretonga and Timaru are circuits I really enjoy,” says ‘Johnny Mac’. “I can’t wait to get back on the track in Invercargill. Teretonga needs full commitment; it’s a high speed circuit and like most race drivers, I simply love driving fast! You’re on the limit all the way around Teretonga and that’s the real challenge, especially with our new one-flying-lap top ten qualifying process. You’ll have to drive that one lap perfectly to achieve the best possible time compared to others.”
The Teretonga event is the third round of the 2009-10 BNT V8s Championship and takes place over the weekend of 16 and 17 January. The following weekend, 23 and 24 January, sees McIntyre competing on the popular Timaru circuit run by the South Canterbury Car Club.
“It’s really a different feeling down south – you can feel it with the crowd. They love seeing us racing, we love being at both venues and I think it’s really good for the whole NZ V8 series that we continue to race from one end of the country to virtually the other.”
McIntyre’s team will depart their Hastings workshop on Wednesday for the big drive to Invercargill.
“The guys had some time off over Christmas, but we’ve had a good chance to keep going through the car, looking for those little things that give us a bit more speed.
“We expect that Teretonga will suit the car really well, as it was in good form at Ruapuna. We know we have a lot of car speed.”
McIntyre will be making appearances at engineering supplier Blackwoods Paykels in Dunedin on Thursday at 3pm and Protector Safety in Invercargill on Friday at lunchtime before the weekend’s race schedule. Fans can keep up with these and other details of Johnny Mac’s appearances on the team’s website, www.jmr.co.nz, or on the John McIntyre Racing Facebook page.
Saturday 16 January sees McIntyre undertake two test sessions at Teretonga before qualifying starts at 4pm. On Sunday 17 January, the races start at 9:40am, 1pm and 4:10pm. Same-day coverage starts on TV3 at 2pm with further interviews and action on Fujitsu MotorSport NZ on Sky Sport channels in following weeks.