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Aussie V8 ace makes second NZ appearance


V8 Supercar driver Steve Owen will continue his campaign in the BNT NZ V8s series.

Australian V8 Supercar driver Steve Owen makes his second BNT NZ V8s championship start in this weekend’s Ruapuna round, and he’s relishing racing on the tight and twisty track.

Owen (33), the V8 Supercars Fujitsu development series leader, is standing in for the injured Paul Radisich in the HPM Ford Falcon.

He showed real speed in his first outing in the NZ series at Pukekohe earlier this month, and said then that he was keen to continue to race here.

It’s Owen’s first trip to Ruapuna, but he already knows a little about it. “I’ve driven round there before, using a V8 game car simulator, so I know where the track goes and where the corners are. But it’s never the same until you get there.

“It’s pretty tight, pretty twisty and it looks like there are opportunities to make it work if you’re on top of your game.

“Now that I have (an NZ V8s) round under my belt I’m not getting used to the car anymore, just where the track goes. So I don’t think it will be a huge problem.

“I’m looking forward to it more than Pukekohe because it’s more of a complicated track. So hopefully it’s a little more technical and if we get things together it will give us a chance to be at the front.”

Owen plans to make the most of qualifying to avoid some of the full-contact style of racing practised in NZ V8s.

“The way everyone drives in (NZ V8s) if you have to engage in a bit of combat to get past someone it looks like that’s all part of the game.

“But there are a couple of passing spots at Ruapuna, (though) it will also be fairly tight so it’ll be a case of making the most of qualifying.”

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