Current leaders in the NZV8s championship, the Hydraulink Racing Team have shaken down in a final test prior to the season's international feature event - the A1GP weekend at Taupo (18-21 January 2007).
Heading in to the third round of the 2006/2007 season with a nine point title lead, Australian based driver David Besnard spent a day testing at the newly renovated Taupo circuit. Modified for the A1GP meeting, the team spent time ticking off a list of technical checks having fully rebuilt the car since the previous round.
Aside from proving the engineering prowess of the newly established Auckland workshop, the team spent time testing throttle cables from a variety of manufacturers.
"It was a really really good day," said Besnard afterward. "Everything we tried worked, so we made gains with the car. And with the new people to our team it was also great to see them all working well together - all we can do now is keep moving forward."
Also running during the test day were the other two Tracer Motorsport run Ford Falcon's.
Auckland's Haydn Mackenzie tested a new pedal box fitted to the #20 car, while Taupo resident Pete Roberts shook down his rebuilt #33 Falcon. Roberts will also be unveiling a new colour scheme with the signing of Ray White Real Estate to his campaign.
Team manager Greg Bellingham was on hand during the day to oversee the new personnel inserted in to the team: "Having a change of direction by moving our workshop to Auckland; this is a chance for the team to prove the changes we've made."
The third round of the series starts early next week, with the team assembling on the Tuesday before heading direct for Taupo. Track action starts on the Thursday with two test sessions and qualifying on the Friday. There is a 12-lap race shortly after midday on the Saturday with the remaining two races held on the Sunday. A 16-lap race scheduled for late morning, with the final meeting race, the full reverse-grid 20-lap feature, timetabled for 5pm.