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Booth: Commodore will get faster


Former champion Andy Booth says once he gets in some testing, his brand-new NZ V8s Big Ben Holden, will be a threat to the dominant Ford Falcons.

Former NZ V8s champion Andy Booth isn’t complaining about finishing third in the opening round of the 2008/2009 BNT series, driving a brand-new car that he hadn’t tested.

Booth drove the Big Ben Pies Holden Commodore in anger for the first time on Friday during official testing for the Fujitsu 200 at Taupo.

“I’d like to have turned up with a brand-new car and be up to speed straight out of the box,” he said.

“If we had got in some testing we might have had some of the bugs ironed out.”

Booth said the Commodore hadn’t been easy to drive, but in the final race in which he held off repeated attacks by Paul Radisich, it had “seemed to drive well on the inside line of the track.”

That defensive strategy got Booth home seventh, and combined with third placings in the opening g two races, gave him enough points to finish the weekend third behind Radisich and Kayne Scott.

Despite the lack of pre-event testing, Booth said he had racked up “some reasonable placings.

“It was a big ask to come here with a brand-new car that is so dramatically different to the old one.”

But he’s in positive mood. “There’s no doubt this car will be significantly quicker than the old one, and to be third after the first weekend, I can’t complain about that.”

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