Fresh from his debut win in the BNT NZ Touring Car Series recently, Wellington driver Brock Cooley is eager to get back behind the wheel at New Zealand’s biggest motor race event at Pukekohe Park Raceway, south of Auckland this weekend.
Cooley will contest the second round of the series as part of the ITM 500 V8 Supercar meeting at Pukekohe after making a great start to the 2015/2016 series at Taupo. At Taupo he took two second place finishes in his Speedy Signs Falcon before breaking through for his debut win in the final race of the opening round. Cooley was on the pace all weekend long at Taupo and arrives at Pukekohe second in Class 2 of the series, just 8 points behind the defending champion, the vastly experienced Kevin Williams of Manukau City.
“I am excited to get back to Pukekohe,” say’s Cooley, as he looks forward to adding to his healthy points tally at the fast Pukekohe circuit which treated him well last season. “We had the fastest lap in two of three races there last year.” Another reason for optimism is the return of the team’s engineer.
“We also have our engineer, John McIntyre, back which will keep me and my crew on top of our game, say’s Cooley. McIntyre is one of the icons of Touring Car racing in New Zealand having won the NZV8’s title three times along with many other achievements in the sport. The category is a support class for the Australian V8 Supercars at Pukekohe meaning massive crowds and a large entry list. “We will have a lot more cars in Class 2 this weekend,” Brock say’s, “so I will need to stay out of trouble to make sure I earn as many points as possible!”