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McIntyre wins as rain shortens race


Wet weather caused officials to cut short today's NZ V8 race as car after car had off-track excursions.

The rain, and John McIntyre, prevailed in this morning’s first NZV8s race at Hamilton.

The race started in dry weather with all the cars running slick, dry-weather tyres.

Pole-winner McIntyre opened an immediate lead, and fellow front row starter Angus Fogg was shuffled back to fourth as David Besnard and Paul Radisich swept past – Ford Falcons held sway at the front of the field.

The first incident came when Holden Commodore racer Andrew Anderson spun in the chicane, though he kept the car off the wall and following cars avoided him.

Anderson resumed and finished 16th.

McIntyre was opening a gap to Besnard when the first safety car came out.

By now light rain was falling. After the restart, Radisich began attacking Besnard who in turn was pressuring McIntyre.

Besnard got under McIntyre’s Falcon but couldn’t get through. Fogg saw his chances vanish when the Falcon spun in the chicane and clouted the wall front-on, but he got going again – in 23rd place.

Besnard began attacking McIntyre, and got past him out of the chicane only to slide wide on the wet track on the next corner, and McIntyre and Radisich went past before he could regain the tarmac.

Several other cars slid off at the same corner as the rain worsened and the cars struggled for grip on slick tyres.

And after six of the scheduled laps were completed, officials called the race.

McIntyre won, from Radisich, Besnard and Andy Booth (Holden).

Then came Falcon drivers Luke Youlden and Clark Proctor. Fogg had worked his way through to 20th when the flag fell.

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