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Strong Performance at Taupo for Tasman Motorsports Group


TMG has finished the opening round of the 2012 Endurance Championship with two strong performances in Taupo.

Qualifying well, TMG driver Andrew Waite qualified the car in 16th place for Race One, with Daniel Gaunt positioning the car in 3rd spot for the start of race two.

Competing in just their second V8 SuperTourer event, the Valvoline/AutoTrader/Replay XD/Shelby Auto Care backed TMG Ford Falcon finished 6th in the opening race, followed by a 14th placing in race two.

Race one proved hot work for both drivers. With Waite starting the race, the cool suit system in the car failed on lap one. Despite the hot conditions inside the car, Waite made up a number of positions until he pitted at lap 32 to hand over to Gaunt who brought the car home in 6th place.

Race two saw Gaunt move into second place by the first corner, holding the position until lap 35 when he pitted to hand over to Waite who brought the car home in 14th place.

TMG Team Principal Steve Horne says the burgeoning team is performing well in the early stages of its V8 SuperTourer campaign.

"It was another good learning weekend for us. We feel that every time we hit the track we're getting closer to the guys at the front, this weekend showed we're starting to beat some of them," says Horne.

"We're qualifying well, we just need to understand more about how to manage our race pace and to learn more about the tyre, which is becoming quite apparent in this series."

"We had a strong car out there this weekend. Daniel is very experienced in this kind of racing and his pedigree shone through this weekend.
Andrew had a lot of pressure on his shoulder this weekend and he handled everything very well, and he matched the pace of the other more experienced drivers around him.

Gaunt says he's pleased with the progress the team is making with the car.

"As a team we're coming along leaps and bounds. We need to learn little more about how to manage the tyres. I'm very happy with our weekend, it was a solid result for us and Andrew did a fantastic job given it was his first race weekend in a V8 SuperTourer," says Gaunt.

"We're in good shape for the next race at Pukekohe."

Current NZ V8 Ute Champ Andrew Waite had his first race weekend in the TMG V8 SuperTourer says he's happy with his performance.

"To be able to learn off Steve and Daniel is a great help in learning how to get the best out of these cars. We've learnt that when the car is good, we've got the pace to be at the front as we showed in my first stint of race one," says Waite.

TMG will hit the track again for the Pukekohe 500, October 26-28.

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