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NZV8s: Mackenzie still in top ten


Young North Shore Ford Falcon V8 driver, Haydn Mackenzie, has retained his place in the top ten in the Parker Enzed NZV8 touring car championship, after the torrid second round meeting at Ruapuna.

"It certainly wasn't a very good meeting for us, but with so many others having all sorts of problems in the changeable conditions, we are very happy to be in tenth place overall in the championship," said Mackenzie.

Mackenzie qualified in a disappointing 20th place and finished the first race in 15th place, complaining of a lack of speed down the main straight.

"It was very frustrating as others flew past me down the straight. My Tracer team spent some time checking the car over and found we were only getting 85% of full throttle, so I was looking forward to a better result on Sunday," said Mackenzie.

In the delayed second race, with all the red-flag stoppages and interruptions in the difficult weather conditions, Mackenzie was hit very hard by Cam Hardy in a door and then had gearchange problems which cost him three or four places, finishing in 15th place again.

"My Tracer team all pitched in to help repair my car and get it ready for the third race - I really appreciated everyone's help when they were also busy with the team's other two cars," said Mackenzie.

In the appalling wet conditions, bad luck soon befell Mackenzie when his windscreen wipers stopped working.

"There was nothing I could do and as I couldn't see very much, I pulled to the side out of the way of the other drivers and made my way to the pits where the team found an alternator wire had come off. Fortunately there was a safety car stoppage at the same time so I rejoined, but in the conditions I tried to keep out of the way of the fast guys coming through the field and concentrate on keeping on the track and out of trouble," said Mackenzie.

Another 15th place in Race 3, but with many other drivers having problems, Mackenzie heads into the next round of the championship win tenth place with 158 points, 20 behind Manuell and three ahead of Booth.

Points : Besnard 346, McIntyre 337, Fogg 295, Scott 286, Proctor 256, Perkins 247, Youlden 235, M Pedersen 207, Manuell 178, Mackenzie 158.

Next round : January 19-21 2007 Taupo (A1GP meeting).

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