Reigning champion wins a largely-processional first NZ V8 heat to retake the championship lead.
March 10, 2007, 4.45pm. Reigning NZ V8 champion Kayne Scott took a lights-to-flag win in the opening Parker Enzed NZ V8 race at Teretonga Park today.
Scott had qualified the Fujitsu Holden Commodore on pole, and outdragged fellow front-row starter Andy Booth to lead into the first corner.
Booth went to the outside line in the loop but couldn’t take his Tasman Motorsport Holden past Scott.
The Safety Car was out before the first lap was over after Haydn MacKenzie was spun in the Castrol Esses.
The race went green at the start of lap three and Scott outjumped the opposition in the single file start to open a good lead.
He held on to it through a second restart after another Safety Car period and came home first, ahead of Booth who had struggled with no power steering from early in the race. On some corners he was
Angus Fogg (Caltex Star Mart Ford Falcon) finished third after running fifth for most of the race.
He made the best of a last corner melee when third-placed John McIntyre (BP Ultimate Falcon) ran wide after diving deep in a bid to take second place off Booth who had been struggling with no power steering since early in the race.
Australian David Besnard, running fourth in the Hydraulink Falcon, also lost ground in the melee, and Fogg seized his chance.
McIntyre finished fourth, and Besnard fifth, ahead of Clark Proctor (Metalman Falcon).
Holden racers Nick Ross and Andrew Anderson fought a near race-long duel, Ross resisting strong pressure and determined overtaking bids by Anderson to finish eighth.
Scott’s win has put him back in the series lead - by a scant 11 points.
There are two more NZ V8 races tomorrow.
¬ Mike Stock at Teretonga.