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Besnard takes reverse grid thriller


Hydraulink Ford Falcon driver reprises his brilliant drive in the Pukekohe reverse grid race with victory in Race 3, also reverse gridded, at Teretonga.

March 11, 2007, 4.20pm. He did it at Pukekohe at the start of the series, and Australian David Besnard picked his way through the pack to win this afternoon’s reverse grid NZ V8 race at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill.

A capacity crowd – estimated at nearly 20,000 (a record for the circuit in its 50th year) – witnessed a superb display of precision driving by the sometime V8 Supercar driver.

Moments after winning the V8 race, Besnard was strapping himself into the cockpit of a TRS single seater for the NZ Grand Prix.

Besnard led home fellow Ford Falcon driver John Penny who had started from the front row of the reversed grid.

Then came Holden Commodore drivers Paul Manuell and Kevin Williams, Haydn MacKenzie (Falcon) and Ford stalwart Dean Perkins.

John McIntyre consolidated his series lead by bringing the BP Ultimate Falcon home eighth.

He had fought race-long with reigning champion Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Commodore) till Scott slid off the track at the Elbow and didn’t finish.

Other fastmen in strife included Andy Booth who was tapped by another car and spun, then fought back in the Tasman Motorsport Commodore to finish 11th after what may have been the drive of the race.

Log back in later for more on the V8s, and read this week's Auto Trader magazine Motorpsort Section.

- Mike Stock at Teretonga.


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