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Mainly gloom for Knight at Pukekohe


Former open wheeler star Andy Knight is on a steep learning curve in his debut season in NZ V8s racing.

Toyota Racing Series champion, Andy Knight, is on a tough learning curve in the BNT NZ V8s championship.

Last weekend’s Pukekohe round started well for Knight whose Milwaukee Tools Ford Falcon showed good pace but had little luck in his V8 debut in the series opener at Taupo last month.

Initially at Pukekohe he was in the top 10 and held 10th place after the first segment of qualifying on Saturday. But he couldn’t improve in the second session and wound up 15th on the grid: “that was all the speed we had."

In Saturday's race Knight climbed quickly to seventh and looked set for a good result when a broken oil cooler leaked oil on to the tyres dropping him two places to finish ninth.

As the cars lined for race two on Sunday, the Falcon developed an engine miss. Knight pitted and started the race from the pitlane.

As he chased the rest of the field away from the start a huge midfield crash broke out but he managed to avoid getting involved.

He took the restart two hours later from near the rear of the field, but the misfire persisted and he finished 17th. He said he was losing five car lengths to other cars on the long back straight. The team withdrew from race three to avoid more damage to the engine.

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