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Jet-setting NZ V8 drivers


Dates clash means a trans-Tasman dash for two drivers who have to race in Australia and New Zealand this weekend.

February 26, 2007. Australian Luke Youlden and the Powerbuilt Ford Falcon will be missing when the NZ V8s line up for the opening race of Round 5 at Timaru this Saturday.

But he’ll be back for the second and third races on Sunday.

The Timaru NZ V8 round clashes with the opening round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series in Adelaide. Youlden will contest the Development Series races in a HPM Racing Team Falcon.

Youlden will miss practice, qualifying and the opening race at Timaru, but after racing in Adelaide on Friday and Saturday, will fly to Melbourne to catch a flight to Christchurch, arriving in New Zealand at midnight.

He will then drive to Timaru to compete in the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning.

Youlden's late arrival will place him at the rear of the grid.

Even though he’ll miss qualifying and timed practice, Youlden is confident of doing well.

“Missing Race 1 should put us near the front for (the reverse grid) Race 3, and we’ll be going for a win in that one."

Reigning NZ V8 champion and current series leader Kayne Scott is in the same position as Youlden, and will be doing much the same, flying back to NZ after racing his ex-HRT Holden Commodore in the Development series at Adelaide.

The Timaru NZ V8 round was initially scheduled for January but the late confirmation of the A1GP World Cup Of Motorsport event at Taupo in that month meant the New Zealand racing calendar was altered to accommodate it.

Photo caption: Luke Youlden racing in the NZ V8 series-opener at Pukekohe last November. Photo by Graham Blow.


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