Aussie fastman makes an impressive debut in NZ V8s series at Pukekohe
Australian Steve Owen, standing in for the injured Paul Radisich in the HPM NZ V8s Ford Falcon, racked up a fifth and a fourth placing in the weekend’s three races and says he’d like to continue to race in the 2008/2009 BNT series.
He finished Saturday’s race one in fifth place but ended Sunday’s first race atop the tyre barrier at the hairpin after the Falcon’s brakes failed on lap one.
He started the reverse grid final race from 10th and worked forward to be chasing down third-placed Andrew Porter when the chequered flag flew.
“I think we had the pace to scrape on to the podium (for the weekend),” said the Melbourne driver who had adapted quickly to the NZ V8 Falcon. “We were fifth then fourth in that race and if we had managed to put three good races together we might have finished third for the weekend.
“We certainly need to find some pace to that front couple and now that I’ve got a chance to run with them in the reverse-grid race I know where we’re lacking so I we can go away and work on that for the next round.
“It looks like Rat (Radisich) is going to be out for a while unfortunately so if I can do the rest of the season that would be nice. You never like to start something if you don’t think you can finish it.”
The third round of the BNT NZ V8s championship is at Christchurch’s Powerbuilt Raceway at Ruapuna Park on November 28-30.