Reigning champion John McIntyre's title defence hits high gear in unusal race at Pukekohe
Reigning champion John McIntyre has increased his NZ V8s series points lead after winning this afternoon’s second race in the Pukekohe round of the 2008/2009 BNT championship.
McIntyre stalked Manuel who started from pole position before passing the Orix Holden Commodore with three laps to run.
After a massive crash at the original start of the race late this morning, the NZ V8s 16-lapper ran under a rather bizarre format.
Because this morning’s crash (see separate story) smashed the Armco safety barrier on the outside of the 170km/h-plus Jennian Homes sweeper and there was time only for makeshift repairs, officials ordered that the first two laps be run behind the safety car.
Drivers could start racing once they got on to the back straight on lap three. And for every remaining lap – and for every lap of every race this afternoon – the area from the start/finish line and around the sweeper and esses and on to the straight, was deemed a yellow-flag, no passing zone.
Manuell kept McIntyre in check for the first 10 racing laps but on the 11th, the BP Ultimate Ford Falcon driver drew alongside and passed on the run down to the start of the yellow flag zone.
Manuell finished second, with Dean Perkins a distant third in the GT Radials Falcon, chased hard by Andrew Anderson’s ITM/Pinepac Commodore.
Paul Pedersen finished fifth in his International Motorsport Falcon, resisting strong pressure from Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Ford).
Angus Fogg, who had got caught up in the multi-car crash, parked his LG Falcon early in the race with a broken diff, and Australian Steve Owen, sitting in for the injured Paul Radisich in the HPM Ford, put the car off the road and retired.
Chris Adams (Commodore) and Boyd Norwood (Falcon) whose cars had ended up on the other side of the Armco in this morning’s crash, both restarted. And both finished this afternoon’s restarted race.