The 2008/09 New Zealand V8 season began at Taupo on 3–5 October 2008 and finished at the Hamilton street race on 17–19 April 2009. After seven championship meetings and one season-ending non-championship event, Kayne Scott overturned a 38-point deficit heading into the final round at Pukekohe Park Raceway beating John McIntyre by just nine points. Here’s Kate Gordon-Smith’s weekend wrap from the penultimate round at the Manfeild Circuit in late February 2009……
McIntyre dominates BNT V8s Manfeild to take championship lead
Defending champion John McIntyre won all three races at Manfeild to re-take the lead with just one round of the 2008-09 BNT V8s Championship left to run.
With the maximum 225 points for three race wins, McIntyre’s total is now 1022, moving him from a 32 point deficit to Kayne Scott to a 38 point advantage over Scott who led the hard-fought series for the last two rounds.
McIntyre was naturally delighted with three wins in one round – a feat not often achieved in this series – and was also delighted to rack up his 40th race win in this class in Sunday’s 16-lap race. Having married long-time partner Lisa just a week ago, McIntyre laughingly concurred that married life must be agreeing with him.
“At Manfeild it’s all about getting drive out of the corners and in that last race, I was able to get passed a few ‘freight trains’ of other competitors,” said the Nelson-based McIntyre.
With just three races to run at Pukekohe to wrap up this year’s championship, McIntyre said the next two weeks will be all about setting the John McIntyre Racing Ford up for pole position on the fast 2.9km Pukekohe circuit.
“Paul Manuell had pole at Pukekohe when we raced there in November and we’ll have six or seven cars within a few tenths of a second there – along with Kayne [Scott] and Bairdo [Craig Baird], guys like Tim Edgell will be in the mix for qualifying. Having pole position will be important, but there are also good opportunities for passing at Pukekohe, so we’ll be fighting for the championship right down to the wire.”
The other side to McIntyre’s success is disappointment for Kayne Scott who was exasperated with a run of bad luck for the Fujitsu Ford.
“When the luck’s not running your way, it just makes it so hard,” said the Hamilton-based former V8 champion. “We got only 20 minutes of testing on Friday after a brand-new clutch failed, which was a disaster. In the first rain-affected race, the windscreen fogged and a relay on the demister blew, which meant the visibility was atrocious. We did manage to finish second in the second race, but we got tagged in the third race – also wet – when I was being so cautious so we came in to change the tyre as a precaution. Then on the last lap the exhaust fell off. It was just one of those weekends.”
Going into the Hydraulink grand finale at Pukekohe, Scott says he expects to have a similar pace to McIntyre “… so it’s going to be tight.”
Like Scott, Andy Booth was in the wars with the two-time former champion dropping off the circuit in the third race with damage to the Big Ben Pies Holden. The rare non-finish meant Booth lost third place overall to Craig Baird in the United Video Ford.
Baird was another who had a tough weekend. “We had good car speed and thought we might win some races after getting pole on Saturday. But it was our first really wet weekend in the car so I’m still learning a little. We’ve moved into third in the championship which is good, but winning championships is all about not having DNFs. We had our problems earlier in the season and John and Kayne haven’t had any DNFs.”
Paul Manuell finished third for the weekend with two fourths and a fifth, which allowed the Orix Holden driver to gain slightly on AV8 Motorsport team-mate Booth in the championship points’ table, but still in fifth place.
Sixth-placed Angus Fogg started on pole for the final reverse grid race and held the lead for virtually the entire race until a hard-charging Andrew Anderson took the lead at the hairpin in wet conditions. Fogg appeared to slow slightly and was then able to re-pass Anderson when the ITM Holden driver spun out of the lead, a mistake that let McIntyre snatch the win with Fogg in second.
Eddie Bell, Paul Pedersen, Adam Brook and Andrew Anderson round out the championship’s top ten heading in the final at Pukekohe on 7 and 8 March.
BNT V8s Championship – Provisional points after round six
1, John McIntyre, Nelson, Ford Falcon, 1022
2, Kayne Scott , Hamilton , Ford Falcon, 984
3, Craig Baird, Gold Coast, Ford Falcon, 856
4, Andy Booth , Auckland , Holden Commodore, 827
5, Paul Manuell, Auckland , Holden Commodore, 738
6, Angus Fogg, Auckland , Ford Falcon, 655
7, Eddie Bell, Christchurch , Ford Falcon, 605
8, Paul Pedersen, Taupo, Ford Falcon, 590
9, Adam Brook, Christchurch , Ford Falcon, 569
10, Andrew Anderson, Auckland , Holden Commodore, 564
11, Michael Bristow, Pukekohe, Ford Falcon, 558
12, Tim Edgell, Auckland , Ford Falcon, 507
13, John Penny, Taupo, Holden Commodore, 485
14, Dale Williams, Auckland , Ford Falcon, 472
15, Andrew Porter, Auckland , Ford Falcon, 401
16, Nick Ross, Cambridge , Holden Commodore, 389
17, Inky Tulloch, Gore, Ford Falcon, 387
18, Simon Richards, Hamilton , Ford Falcon, 350
19, Andy Knight, Christchurch , Ford Falcon, 281
20, John Hepburn, Timaru, Holden Commodore, 269
21, Luke Youlden, Melbourne , Ford Falcon, 201
22, Alan McCarrison, Auckland , Ford Falcon, 197
23, Chris Adams, Mosgiel, Holden Commodore, 197
24, Paul Radisich, Melbourne , Ford Falcon, 181
25, Steve Owen, Melbourne , Ford Falcon, 144
26, Boyd Norwood, Palmerston North, Ford Falcon, 114
27, Dave Stewart, Wellington , Holden Commodore, 104
28, David Besnard, Gold Coast, Ford Falcon, 88
29, Mack Peach, Bombay , Ford Falcon, 74
30, David Hopper, Auckland , Holden Commodore, 67
31, Cam Hardy, Hamilton, Holden Commodore, 54
32, Julia Huzziff, Auckland , Holden Commodore, 48
33, Shaun Turton, Pukekohe, Holden Commodore, 18
34, Dean Perkins*, Pukekohe, Ford Falcon, 0