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Engine failures hit Porter hard


NZ V8s rookie of the year, Andrew Porter, looks for a srtong result at Teretonga after tough weekends at Ruapuna and Timaru.

NZ V8s racer, Andrew Porter, felt like he was chasing his tail after a succession of engine problems in the Hyundai/Hydraulink Ford Falcon at Ruapuna and Teretonga.

And he’s looking for a big change in fortunes with a new engine for this weekend’s round at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill.

Porter lost an engine with a cracked piston at Ruapuna before Christmas, and then had two engines fail at Timaru last weekend.

At Timaru he was hampered by a misfiring in qualifying, started race one from the back of the field and worked his way to 14th before disaster struck.

"The engine threw a fanbelt,” he said. “We lost horsepower after about eight laps and the engine cooked itself.”

To get the Falcon into race two on Sunday morning, the team fitted an old unit, with an unknown history, to replace the strong Marsh Motorsport V8.

Porter was on the move through the field when the engine let go, leaving the team without a motor for the final race.

"We’re chasing our tail. It just rolls on and on," he said. "We've got a new Tony Marsh engine for Teretonga."

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