The current NZV8 champion, Kayne Scott of Hamilton, is ready to defend his title when the first round of the new championship starts at Pukekohe this weekend (Nov 4-5).
Scott will be starting the season in the same Holden Commodore with which he won
the championship last season, but his Mark Petch Motorsport team is in the process
of building a new car for use later in the season.
"We have gone right through our existing car and rebuilt everything, and
we have done some testing with which we are reasonably happy.
"The biggest challenge is the new harder compound tyres for which we have
had to make several set-up changes," says Scott.
Scott has had a very busy year with competing in the Australian V8 Supercar Development
series, and joining the Paul Morris owned Sirromet wines team for the V8 Supercar
"The opportunity to compete in Australia has been awesome and I am confident
many of the lessons learnt will be a benefit to me for in this coming NZ season.
The support from our NZ sponsors and team has been overwhelming. Everyone pitched
in where they could to help get me across the Tasman" says Scott.
Fujitsu Heat Pumps, Castrol, Formula 1 Auto Care and PPG, along with SMEG appliances,
and Trade Tools will again be supporting Scott and the Mark Petch Motorsport team
in this year's New Zealand championship.
"This has been an excellent relationship, with the support they have given
me financially as well as at the various circuits - I have really enjoyed working
with these companies - their enthusiasm has been fantastic," says Scott.
While Scott is confident he is well prepared for the coming season, he is aware
there have been many changes to the regulations - including the reverse grid race
- all of which may have some effect on his competitiveness in the races.