Not even starting from sixth on the grid could prevent NZ V8s champion, John McIntyre, from winning the second race for the class at the Hamilton 400 street race meeting.
With grid positions for the race determined by times set during race one, the BP Ultimate Ford Falcon driver began from the third row.
Off the front were Falcon drivers, David Besnard and Paul Radisich, with Clark Proctor and Kayne Scott on row two and McIntyre and Dean Perkins behind them, all in Falcons.
Besnard won the start and Proctor got past Radisich, with McIntyre quickly following suit.
Angus Fogg (Falcon) ran fifth, ahead of Fujitsu Ford driver Kayne Scott.
Fogg made that fourth with a big dive down the inside of Radisich who said that if he hadn’t conceded he would have ended up in the wall.
Scott and Andy Booth (Holden Commodore) followed Fogg through, and Radisich went back to seventh.
McIntyre began harassing Proctor before getting past just after the chicane. He bounced the BP Ford off the chicane and darted to the right, passing Proctor on the run into the next corner.
Proctor fought back and there was a period of entertaining racing among the leading group of cars.
McIntyre fought his way past Besnard and Proctor got past too before Besnard stopped with a flat tyre.
The order settled into: McIntyre, Proctor, Fogg, Scott and Radisich.
Fogg moved into second place in the closing laps as the race became processional.
McIntyre won by 2.8 seconds from Fogg, with Proctor third, Scott fourth and Radisich fifth.
Paul Manuell finished sixth in his Orix Holden Commodore.
Radisich has asked his team to change the V8 in the HPM Falcon for tomorrow’s race. He says there’s nothing wrong with the engine but he can’t match the pace of the cars in front.
In other racing action at Hamilton….
Earl Bamber won the opening Toyota racing Series 16-lapper, from teammate Mitch Cunningham.
Reigning TRS champion, Andy Knight, finished third, slipping by Daynom Templeman on the last lap.
And in Porsche GT3, Craig Baird won the second race for the category, reprising his race on victory earlier in the day.
Baird was in absolutely dominant form, leading home Jody Vincent by more than six seconds.
Australian avid Reynolds finished third.