New Zealand Touring Car ace starts his Australian V8 Supercar Development Series campaign in style during timed practice at Adelaide.
March 1, 2007, 11.15pm. NZ V8 champion Kayne Scott declared his ex-Mark Skaife Holden Commodore “awesome” after posting top-three times in both V8 Supercar Development Series practice sessions on the Adelaide street circuit today.
Scott was second-fastest in the morning session, and third-fastest in the afternoon.
Both laps were recorded on a track that Scott described as greasy and slippery, and during sessions where yellow and red flags were frequent occurrences, and he had difficulty getting a clear lap in which to set a time.
“There were yellows and reds like you wouldn’t believe (and) I couldn’t get a clear run through traffic. I got only one clear lap in there.”
But the HRT-built car was “awesome.”
“We haven’t made one change to it. But none of us is on the pace yet. The track was incredibly greasy. We were only the second or third class out there, and it was very dusty,” Scott said.
“But the track is going to rubber-up (get grippier as cars lay down soft rubber from their slick tyres) and come back to us.
“That’s when you’ll see us move up (in speed). We’re all just waiting for the track to come to us; but it’s awesome, fantastic. It’s bloody good.”
While he’s competing in Australia – qualifying and racing tomorrow and racing again on Saturday – Scott will be keeping a weather eye on the NZ V8 practice, qualifying and racing at Timaru.
He’s leading the NZ series after the last round at Manfeild, and after racing in the second V8 Development Series race at Adelaide, he’ll fly back to New Zealand to contest Sunday’s races at Timaru.
He’ll start the morning race from the back of the grid because he didn’t take part in qualifying, and is likely to start the afternoon’s reverse-grid race from the front part of the pack.
– story by Mike Stock.
Photo caption: NZ V8 champion, Kayne Scott, pictured in his NZ V8 Commodore, has a busy weekend, racing on both sides of the Tasman. Photo by Graham Blow.