A consistent run - three second placings from three races - has given former champ a slender lead in the 2008/2009 series.
Fujitsu Ford Falcon racer Kayne Scott opened a four-point series lead over reigning champion John McIntyre by winning last weekend’s 2008/2009 BNT NZ V8s Championship round at Ruapuna, Christchurch.
Scott qualified on pole and finished second in all three races. LG Falcon racer Angus Fogg won race one, McIntyre (BP Ultimate Falcon) prevailed in race two, and Craig Baird drove father-in-law Garry Pedersen’s United Video Ford to the reverse grid race three win.
McIntyre was happy with the win, a fifth and a third. “We salvaged something out of nothing really. We didn’t have the car speed here, but I’m very happy to have the points.”
Fogg improved from 16th to eighth with first, fourth and eighth placings. “Now we’re scoring better finishes, so who knows where we’ll be after a couple more rounds if we can keep this up?
“We just didn’t have the car speed in that last reverse grid race and I watched others, like Craig Baird, just get through the field so quickly. It’s not every reverse grid race that you’d be able to do what Craig did.”
Scott won the round, from McIntyre and Fogg with Andy Booth (Big Ben Pies Holden Commodore) and Baird fourth equal.
Chris Adams (Mastertrade Holden) and Andrew Anderson (ITM/Pinepac Commodore) started the reverse grid finale from the front row, with Anderson taking the early lead.
Baird was eighth after one lap and second after four. Baird had Anderson’s lead by lap six and was ahead a lap later.
After Anderson spun and Australian Steve Owen (Falcon) was penalised for tapping him. Scott got the best of battle with Paul Manuell (Orix Commodore) and McIntyre to finish second. McIntyre, Manuell, and Booth completed the top five.
BNT NZ V8s series points standings after round three: Kayne Scott, Hamilton, Ford Falcon, 533; John McIntyre, Nelson, Ford Falcon, 529; Andy Booth, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 416; Craig Baird, Queensland, Ford Falcon, 359; Paul Pedersen, Rotorua, Ford Falcon, 331; Paul Manuell, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 329; Eddie Bell, Christchurch, Ford Falcon, 312; Angus Fogg, Auckland, Ford Falcon, 306; Dale Williams, Auckland, Ford Falcon, 300; Andrew Anderson, Auckland, Holden Commodore, 291.