NZ V8s champion John McIntyre wins the first race for the category at the A1GP meeting at Taupo.
Reigning champion John McIntyre scored a strong victory in the opening NZ V8s Championship race at Taupo this afternoon (January 19).
McIntyre started the BP Ultimate Ford Falcon from third on the grid, and got the jump on Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Falcon) to slot in behind pole-winner Andy Booth’s Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore on the run to the first corner.
Booth led for several laps before McIntyre passed him on the inside line at the tight left-hand corner off the back straight.
Scott closed in on Booth but the Holden driver held him off as Paul Radisich (HPM Falcon) began attacking the Fujitsu car.
Booth’s run ended when the Commodore got out of shape with only a handful of laps left. He resumed in fifth place behind Angus Fogg’s Caltex Havoline Ford.
McIntyre won by a good margin, from Scott, Radisich, Fogg and Booth.
Former series regular Paul Pedersen (Falcon) made a strong return to the track, finishing sixth after getting the better of a battle with Paul Manuell (Orix Commodore).
Manuel had been running in the top four in the opening laps, but got out of shape as he made a bold passing move at the end of the main straight.
The Commodore speared off the track and Manuell dropped down the order.
The NZ V8s have two races tomorrow.