NZ V8s series leader Kayne Scott says he believes he’ll have a good set-up for the Fujitsu Ford Falcon in this weekend’s second round of the 2008/2009 series at Pukekohe
The double champion holds the joint points lead with Paul Radisich who won’t be racing this weekend after being seriously hurt in a crash during practice for last month’s Bathurst 1000 in Australia. Australian Steve Owen will replace Radisich in the HPM Falcon.
Scott says he’s been testing at Pukekohe twice but has been hampered by the weather, spending most of his time sitting waiting for a break in the rain.
But he sys he did get in “a reasonable run” and is “reasonably happy with our form heading in.”
Scott was happy with his Taupo result where he won the first race in the dry, struggled with car set-up in the wet and cold second to finish fifth, and came home third in the reverse grid finale.
He says the most pleasing thing to come out of the Taupo weekend was that the team was able to make set-up changes that turned around the car’s performance for race three.
He said the set-up the team had settled on for the opening race was at the wrong end of the spectrum for the wet second heat in terms of chassis dynamics. “With the weather closing in, the car didn’t perform as we would like it to have.
“But the changes made for race three gave us a pretty good car for bad weather.”
Scott says he’s disappointed not to be going head-to-head with Radisich at Pukekohe. “When I was much younger, it was Paul Radisich I looked up to.
“He was the first of our era of drivers who headed overseas with not much money and paved the way to make a living from motor racing at a time when it was an amateur sport here.
“For me, it’s a major disappointment that he’s not continuing in the New Zealand series. I really enjoyed racing against him.”