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Porter rapt with first V8s podium


NZ V8s rookie of the year delighted to be on the dais.

NZ V8s driver Andrew Porter is fizzing after racking up his first ever podium in the BNT championship.

The Hyundai/Hydraulink Ford Falcon driver did his sponsors proud with third place in the final race of the Hydraulink 200 round at Pukekohe on November 9.

Porter, last season's NZ V8s Rookie of the Year, finished 12th overall for the round despite being forced to retire from the opening race. He’s also 12th on series points after two rounds.

Porter started the final, reverse grid, race at Pukekohe from third place and was soon leading. A Safety Car period allowed Craig Baird (United Video Falcon) to close in.

He got past Porter who was battling understeer as the Falcon’s tyres heated up and was followed a lap later by Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Falcon). "Kayne had more car speed and got by without too much hard work.”

Porter paid tribute to his team, Porter Brothers Racing, who had worked very hard to repair damage the Falcon suffered in a crash during practice.

“We couldn't quite get the car tuned in after we hit the barrier in practice and we had a bit of understeer for most of the weekend."

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