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Fogg unflappable at Manfeild


Angus Fogg turns in a flawless drive to win the opening NZ V8 at Round 4 at Manfeild.

February 17, 2007. Angus Fogg refused to abide by the script his rivals would have preferred, got in front and stayed in front to drive to victory in today’s Parker Enzed NZ V8 Championship race at Manfeild today. Fogg started from third on the grid – he says it’s as good as being on pole at Manfeild because it gives you a chance to charge down the inside and poke your car’s nose in as the pole man turns into the first corner.

The race had a miss-start – the lights malfunctioned – but pole winner Kayne Scott led out of Turn 1 in his Holden Commodore, followed by Fogg’s Ford Falcon.

Behind them, John McIntyre and David Besnard, Dean Perkins and Paul Pedersen, all in Fords.

Fogg passed Scott in Turn 1 at the start of lap three, and gradually began opening a gap. Scott said Fogg’s Ford had hit his car as he passed, but Fogg said he hadn’t noticed an impact.

Scott came under pressured from McIntyre which allowed Fogg to concentrate on driving ideal lines and increase his lead.

A resurgent Andy Booth had worked his way into fifth place in his Commodore, followed by Luke Youlden (Falcon).

As the race progressed, Fogg increased his lead over Scott who said his front tyres were losing their grip and the Holden was losing out on turn-in to corners and on braking efficiency, two factors he relies on heavily to remain competitive during a race.

“Our car just couldn’t maintain its usual pace. It’s just something we’ll have to look at.”

Scott said he had been waiting for Fogg to “come back to us” or make a mistake during the race: “but he didn’t. He just got further away.”

McIntyre and Besnard were fighting over third place, McIntyre stolidly keeping the Australian at bay.

Besnard got past McIntyre in the sweeper on lap seven with a strong move in which Besnard’s car hit the rear of McIntyre’s.

Besnard, who went on to finish third behind winner Fogg and Scott, said McIntyre had turned-in to the corner on a tight defensive line. As he ran wide towards the exit, he jumped on the brakes to keep the car in tight.

“I was lucky not to turn him around, I hit him pretty hard,” Besnard said.

Before the pass, McIntyre was driving “more defensively lap after lap. He can’t expect to jump on the brakes mid-corner. He was trying to gather the car up. He had turned-in too early.”

McIntyre later lodged a protest against Besnard which had still not been heard at presstime.

McIntyre finished fourth, under strong pressure from Booth. Perkins was sixth.

Fogg said his car had been superb and he hadn’t made any more than the slightest of mistakes – and those were the cornerstones of his victory.

– Story by Mike Stock at Manfeild.

Photo captions: NZ V8s -Angus Fogg won today’s NZ V8 race at Manfeild. Porsche GT3 - Matt Halliday leads the GT3 race. He won, from Fabian Coulthard and Craig Baird. Photos by Fast Company/Euan Cameron.

Bell and Williams take wins

In other racing at Manfeild today, Eddie Bell won the Mini Challenge eight-lapper from Kevin Cantwell and Jeff Hogg.

Dale Williams drove his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 to victory in the Production Racing Series counter, from Trevor Roodekerk (Lancer Evo) and Simon Sceats (Subaru Impreza WRX STi).


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