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Booth impresses in first V8 Supercar test


Former NZ V8 champion Andy Booth had his first-ever drive of a V8 Supercar when he tested Greg Murphy’s Holden Commodore this week.

May 9, 2007, 11.30pm. Former NZ V8 champion Andy Booth has successfully completed his first V8 Supercar test for Tasman Motorsport.

Booth, who drives a Holden Commodore for Tasman in the NZV8 series, completed 10 laps of the Winton Motor Raceway circuit in north-east Victoria in fellow Kiwi Greg Murphy's #51 VE Commodore.

It was Booth’s first drive of a V8 Supercar.

"Until yesterday I hadn't even sat in a V8 Supercar, let alone driven one in anger," he said.

"The day wasn't about pushing hard, more becoming comfortable in the car and experiencing what V8 Supercars are all about.

"The V8 Supercar wasn't too surprising; they are obviously more powerful and responsive than what I’m used to and they do everything the NZ V8s don't. They’re a nicely refined race car in comparison.

"If anything was surprising, it was that they require a fairly similar driving style."

Tasman Motorsport managing director Kevin Murphy said he was pleased with Booth's performance.

"Andy was smooth as we expected, made no mistakes and did a terrific job. We'd like to give him more of an opportunity and we'll be keeping a close eye on him.

"This is a further strengthening of our on-going association with Andy's NZ V8 team where we also intend to provide engineering race assistance in the future."



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