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Hepburn finds handling sweet spot


Former motorcycle and truck racer John Hepburn has nailed his NZ V8's handling and plans on having more power for the BNT series finale.

John Hepburn is vowing to have the power to exploit his NZ V8s Holden Commodore’s new-found handling finesse when he lines up for the BNT series’ final round at Pukekohe on March 14-15.

Hepburn says last weekend’s round at Manfeild, Feilding, taught him a lot and brought real progress.

“We now know where we are lacking," he says. "We made good inroads and actually had an enjoyable weekend."

Hepburn says he’s long believed the car lacked power at low revs and with the handling improved that became more obvious.

"I'm over the moon with the way the car handled at Manfeild. The gap has closed between us and the fastest in the field and we’re now about 1.7 seconds off the pace as opposed to three seconds previously.

“The handling improvements have us that much closer (and) there’s probably a second or more to be gained in the horsepower area.

“There was nothing we could do about that (at Manfeild where he ran a spare engine after blowing his main engine in testing in the South Island) but we’re addressing the issue for Pukekohe.

“We can run with these guys and I'm quite positive. We just need more mumbo."

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