NZ V8 fastman John McIntyre won convincingly and has taken the NZ V8 series points lead.
Timaru International Raceway, March 3, 2007, 3.30pm. John McIntyre winning pole position and then the startline drag race were the keys to a dominant win in the opening NZ V8 race at Timaru today.
The BP Ultimate Ford Falcon racer outgunned fellow front row starter Andy Booth’s Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore into the first corner and was never headed – or seriously challenged over the 12 laps.
Behind them all the way were Australian David Besnard (Hydraulink Falcon) and Angus Fogg (Star Mart Falcon).
The leading quartet opened a solid gap on the dueling Holdens of Andrew Anderson and Paul Manuell.
Anderson edged Manuell at the start, and the Orix Commodore pilot couldn’t get past, despite several attempts.
The major move among the top order came when Paul Pedersen took his Caltex Falcon past Mark Pedersen’s similar United Video car, and then stretched out a good gap.
Christchurch driver Adam Brook drove to a solid ninth place finish, in a rare appearance in the series.
McIntyre now leads the series from Kayne Scott who is racing in Australia and will be at Timaru tomorrow.
Photo caption: Australian David Besnard finished third in the first V8 race at Timaru.