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12.30pm Pukekohe news round-up


Angus Fogg may have qualified second-fastest

Fogg sent to back of grid

April 21, 2007, 12.30pm. NZ V8 fastman Angus Fogg may have qualified second-fastest for this afternoon’s race at Pukekohe, but he’ll start from the back of the grid.

Fogg has changed an engine in his Caltex Star Mart Ford Falcon between rounds, and under series rules has to start from the back of the grid.

Also affected by the same rule is eighth-fastest qualifier Dean Perkins.

The relegations move the other cars up the grid, and series leader John McIntyre will start outside Kayne Scott on the front row of the rolling start grid.

Collins avoids the biffo and wins

April 21, 2007, 12.30pm. Brent Collins drove to a dominant victory in today’s first Mini Challenge race at Pukekohe.

He crossed the line 2.7 seconds ahead of Eddie Bell, with Richard Moore third.

There was action aplenty, including a clash between Kevin Cantwell and Peter Scharmach.

Scharmach made contact with the rear of Cantwell’s Mini as they neared the top of the Pukekohe hill. Cantwell held his line and kept his foot in the throttle as the two cars pushed and shoved their way down the hill.

Scharmach spun off, damaging the suspension badly enough to have to retire.

Williams a winner again

April 21, 2007, 12.30pm. Dale Williams continued to lead the way in the KPMG Production racing class at Pukekohe today.

The Mitsubishi Evo 9 Lancer driver backed up his victory in Race 1 yesterday afternoon with a comfortable victory in this morning’s 10-lapper.

Evo 9 drivers Trevor Roodekerk and Logan Childs were second and third. The first Subaru to finish was rally ace Sam Murray’s Impreza WRX, in fifth place.

Record crowd at Pukekohe

April 21, 2007, 12.30pm. Organisers of this weekend’s V8 Supercar meeting at Pukekohe say first indications are that yesterday’s practice day crowd was the biggest ever.

Initial estimates are that 30,000 people were at the south of Auckland track.

Halliday 11th in Houston.

April 21, 2007, 12.30pm. Kiwi Matt Halliday has set the 11th-fastest lap in the first qualifying session for the Champ Car race at Houston, Texas.

Multiple champion Sebastien Bourdais was fastest, followed by Australian Will Power and Graham Rahal.



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