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Anderson upbeat about Ruapuna prospects


Commodore racer Andrew Anderson is eyeing a place in the top three in the BNT NZ V8s series.

Holden Commodore fastman, Andrew Anderson, says improvements made to the ITM/Pinepac car for this weekend’s BNT NZ V8s series round at Ruapuna should see him “in great shape” to improve his points tally.

After solid rounds at Taupo and Pukekohe, Anderson is fifth in the points standings.

“Since Pukekohe, we’ve spent considerable time going over the chassis and believe that we’ve made some further improvements which should have us in great shape for the technical Ruapuna track.

“I enjoy Ruapuna as it is a real driver’s track. If the gains we’ve developed since (Pukekohe) transfer to the track, then we should be more competitive than our Taupo outing,” he says.

“If I’m honest about Pukekohe, we did have a good car but we never really nailed the set-up as we’re still learning the (newly-built) chassis.

“So to come away with qualifying seventh and finishing fourth overall for the round wasn’t a bad recovery.”

Anderson says he and the ITM team are focused for the season, and that’s reflected by his jumping from 10th to fifth in the points standings.

“Now that we are in sight of the top three, we want to continue that momentum this weekend. With our stablemates, (Andy) Booth and (Paul) Manuell, just ahead of us in the points, there could be a shuffling around of positions amongst us, or better still pushing out some of those Fords ahead of us.”

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