News from qualifying for the Mike Pero Motorsport round at Teretonga.
Fuel starvation foils Besnard’s pole bid
March 10, 2002, 1.45pm. NZ V8 driver David Besnard will start this afternoon TRS open-wheeler race from 10th on the grid.
He might have been much higher on the gird, but his Tatuus-Toyota ran out of fuel two laps into the top-10 session, and before he’d had a chance to put in a flying lap.
In the earlier session involving the entire field, the 30-year-old Queenslander had been second-fastest, just 0.031 seconds off fastest driver Andy Knight’s 55.107-second lap of the Teretonga circuit just outside Invercargill.
He’d shown his potential on Friday when he’d been second behind Shane van Gisbergen in the third test session, 0,090s adrift.
Series leader and defending champion Daniel Gaunt was fastest in today’s top-10 session, taking pole for Race 1 with a 54.726s lap, 0.062s faster than arch-rival Ben Harford.
Series returnee Matthew Hamilton is third on the grid, 0.244s behind Harford.
Knight was fourth, ahead of van Gisbergen and Daynom Templeman.
Dominic Storey, making his series debut is seventh.
Besnard’s 10th starting position will guarantee a strong race from the Australian as he seeks a better starting position for tomorrow’s second heat.
Other qualifying sessions
In the MTA Formula Ford championship, Sam MacNeill has bounced back from two indifferent rounds at Manfeild and Timaru to take pole by 0.030 seconds from Caine Lobb.
Michael Burdett is third.
Kevin Cantwell has the Mini Challenge pole, by 16 hundredths of a second from Brent Collins.
Anthony Pedersen is next.
Besnard will start the first NZ V8 race from fifth on the grid.
Kayne Scott is on pole with Andy Booth outside him on the front row, both in Holden Commodores.
Then come Ford Falcon drivers John McIntyre and Clark Proctor.
* More on the V8s soon.