Former champion out to improve points standings at Manfeild this weekend.
NZ V8s front runner, Kayne Scott, will be running at full speed in all ways this weekend.
Not only will he be lining up the Fujitsu Ford Falcon in Round 4 of the 2007/2008 NZ V8s Series at Manfeild, but he’ll be jetting in and out of New Zealand as he prepares for his Australian V8 Supercar Championship main series debut in the Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) Falcon.
Scott has been working at TKR’s base in Brisbane, Queensland, and will fly into Auckland around midnight on Thursday before flying to Palmerston North the following morning to practice and qualify the Mark Petch Motorsport Ford at Manfeild.
Then, once the final race is over on Sunday afternoon, he’ll head back north before flying to Brisbane to continue preparing the TKR for the opening V8 Supercar round at Adelaide, the Clipsal 500, on the weekend of February 23 and 24.
Scott says he’ll be out to improve on his NZ V8s point tally at Manfeild this weekend.
He’s currently running third behind fellow Falcon racers John McIntyre and Angus Fogg, but says the team has overcome the niggling mechanical problems that hampered the Fujitsu Falcon in the last round at Taupo.
Scott says that despite the gearbox and overheating issues the car had real pace at Taupo and he plans to capitalise on that at Manfeild.
“Manfeild is very important to us,” says the former NZ V8s champion. “It’s virtually Fujitsu’s home track, and there will be more than 200 Fujitsu guests there this weekend to support us.
“We plan to give them plenty to cheer about.”
Scott says the TKR preparations are going well, and the team’s new racer, a Triple 8 Racing-built Falcon formerly driven by Jamie Whincup, is an excellent car. “It’s grouse. These cars are just at a different level.”
The new TKR team personnel are highly-motivated heading into Adelaide and the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship.
But right now, Scott’s focus is on Manfeild and putting the Fujitsu Falcon at the top of the tree.