Former NZ V8s champ Kayne Scott has taken the BNT series lead but says there's still plenty of work to do.
NZ V8s championship points leader Kayne Scott won’t be resting on his laurels, despite winning round three at Ruapuna, Christchurch, last weekend.
Scott qualified the Fujitsu Ford Falcon on pole and finished second in all three races, driving through from the back of the field in the reverse grid finale.
"We're rapt with the results" he says. "The team has done an awesome job. There has been a huge amount of of work done to our car since Pukekohe."
Scott had said before Ruapuna that he thought he would have it tough in the Christchurch and Timaru rounds if the weather was cold and the track wet.
That was despite the fact that Ruapuna has been kind to Scott over the years. "We've had a great car here the last three seasons.” But last weekend the weather was fine at Ruapuna.
Scott’s Falcon had suffered from set-up problems in the first two rounds, at Taupo and Pukekohe where he had struggled to get peak speed from the car, especially if the conditions weren’t warm.
At Pukekohe good speed in testing wasn’t reflected on race weekend when the team went the wrong way on chassis set-up.
Scott credits much of the transformation at Ruapuna to the boundless drive of team owner, Mark Petch, who was overseas during the Pukekohe round.
"Mark leads from the front," Scott says. "He's so passionate about the racing and he's constantly thinking about the car and how we can improve its performance.
“The rest of the team is driven by his desire to get results and his enthusiasm is contagious."
However, Scott says he’s staying realistic about his championship chances. "There are a lot of battles that go on to win the war. Everyone has their day and when it’s your turn you make sure you appreciate it.
“But the work doesn't stop, no matter what the results."