Defending champion John McIntyre got his bid for a third successive NZ V8s crown right on track with victory in round two at Pukekohe today.
Reigning NZ V8s champion John McIntyre has moved into a 19-point BNT series lead after winning this weekend’s round at Pukekohe.
The Nelson-based Ford Falcon driver had gone into the round trailing Paul Radisich by the same margin.
Radisich didn’t compete this weekend after being badly hurt during practice for the Bathurst 1000 in Australia last month. Australian Steve Owen replaced him in the HPM Falcon.
McIntyre’s second placing, win and seventh place mean he is now leading the series from Kayne Scott who won today’s final race, and Andy Booth.
Booth fought a race-long scrap with McIntyre throughout the reverse grid race, continually denying the BP Ultimate Ford the chance to pass.
McIntyre agreed that Booth’s Big Ben Pies Commodore had been “wide” and difficult to pass.
“It seems to get wider every time he sees my car behind him, but Boothy knows what he’s doing.”
McIntyre said Booth had done all that the rules had allowed but no more.
“I made lots of runs on him down the inside (on the pit straight to the point where officials declared a no-passing zone where the Armco safety barrier was damaged in a multi-car crash earlier in the day).
“But each time I had to pull back (when he reached the yellow-flag no-pass zone). “I was waiting for him to make a mistake but he didn’t.”
McIntyre said the Commodores are now more competitive than they were. “They’re holding on to their rear tyres which don’t go away (lose their grip) any more.”