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Car set-up changes reap rewards for Hepburn


Former motorcyle ace makes progress in Pukekohe NZ V8s round.

Tenth place in Sunday’s final NZ V8s race at Pukekohe gave Timaru driver Johnny Hepburn his best finish in the BNT championship.

The weekend started badly with problems during testing on Friday, but after two solid points-scoring results in the first two races, the team made some radical changes to the former motorcycle and truck racing champion’s Holden Commodore. Till then Hepburn had struggled with understeer (loss of front-end grip).

He avoided the huge accident in race two when the midfield group was caught in a chain reaction crash. "I was lucky,” he said. “Little gaps opened up for me."

The changes to the Commodore for the reverse grid race three improved the car significantly, and Hepburn was happy with 10th place.

“(The weekend) had ups and downs and to be honest we struggled all weekend,” he said. “The big problem is we have no data (because it’s a new team, learning the tracks and car set-up as the season unfolds).”

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