PukekoheMcIntyre and Luff finish season strongly

Kiwi V8 Champion John McIntyre and Australian Endurance Champion Warren Luff enjoyed a competitive run at Pukekohe last weekend. Competing for the first time together, the duo managed to finish 7th and 6th respectively in the season’s two biggest races both 210km’s last Sunday.

Luff was quickly up to speed in the JMR Falcon posting 10th fastest time in qualifying for co-drivers in which many of Luff’s Australian counterparts were competing. McIntyre qualified 8th in the main driver qualifying held in warm dry conditions at the high speed Pukekohe circuit.

A spin for McIntyre while in 8th and a Drive Through penalty for Luff during Saturdays shorter 38 lap race put pressure on the team to produce a result on Sunday.

The team also had the added challenge of completing two compulsory pit stops in the longer 70 laps races, one for drivers and one for refueling.

Starting 8th and 14th respectively in the two long races, both Luff and McIntyre were competitive in race pace and managed to finish 7th and 6th in the star-studded field.

“As a team we really enjoyed the weekend competing in the top 8 in all of the races. Warren drove really well and together we were able to put in a solid performance to finish the season off on the right note.” McIntyre said.

With just 8 weeks until the first Sprint Round of 2014 the team have a busy schedule to prepare the car in time. The first round of V8SuperTourers third season will be at the worlds newest race track, Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.

“We have a short turnaround before the start of next season but we feel like we have some momentum heading into the break. It’s just nice for a change to see the car in one piece after a race meeting. It’s been a very challenging season with damage or drama at most rounds and one I am happy to see behind me,” commented Driver and Team Owner John McIntyre.

V8 Supercar Endurance Champion Luff joins McIntyre for Final

Warren LuffAustralian Racing Driver Warren Luff will join John McIntyre for the final V8SuperTourer round at Pukekohe Raceway at the end of November.

Luff is the newly crowned V8Supercars Endurance Cup Champion, partnering Craig Lowndes at the recent Sandown 500 (2nd), Bathurst 1000 (3rd) and old Coast 600 (1st) to claim the title.

With current endurance co-drive Jono Lester unavailable for the Pukekohe event, McIntyre was quick to snap up the highly rated V8 endurance driver Luff.

“Warren was at the top of the list when it came to selecting a co-driver that is quick and consistent for Pukekohe. It’s no secret that we (John McIntyre Racing) have had a trying season, actually our toughest in our 7 years. We are taking on a maximum attack attitude to Pukekohe and I know Warren will be able to back me up as we try and win our first race of the season”. Commented McIntyre.

Luff is equally excited about joining the team and Johnny Mac for the Pukekohe final. “I can’t wait to have a drive of the V8SuperTourer after watching the series on TV in Australia. The cars look like a lot of fun to drive and the Pukekohe track I really enjoy”. Said Warren Luff.

Luff has flown in today to get his first taste of the #47 JMR V8SuperTourer at Manfeild at the teams Sponsor ride day. The series will join the NZ Grand Prix for the first time when it returns to the Manawatu Circuit in February next year.

John McIntyre and Jono Lester

McIntyre and Lester on a charge for Enduros

John McIntyre will once again pair with young Kiwi endurance specialist Jono Lester for the three round V8SuperTourers Endurance Championship.

Currently 7th in overall points, the 2012 Sprint Champions JMR have shown plenty of speed during the 2013 season but have been the victim of on-track incidents that have cost numerous podium finishes. McIntyre and his Taupo-based team are looking to the nine race 'Enduro Series' both to move forward on the overall Championship, and aim for high honours in the Endurance Championship also.

"Although these races are called enduros, they are effectively sprint races with a pitstop," McIntyre commented.

"We will need the same fast pace we had at round one and for both drivers to put in fast but consistent performances over the three races.

"Jono has had laps in the car this year and due to his busy driving schedule is very race fit and is adapting well to the V8ST style."

23-year old Lester is enthusiastic about the team's chances in the 2013 V8 SuperTourers Enduro Series;

"The JMR team have displayed great speed throughout the 2013 season so far and I'm excited to again join the team after our two Taupo Podiums."

"JMR are a well-oiled machine and we have continuity on our side. The key to success over the nine races will be consistency and keeping out of trouble. If we can combine that with the speed we know the #47 has then we will be on the right track!"

With Lester fresh from leading the Super Taikyu Series in Japan and McIntyre winning the South Island Endurance Series opener at Invercargill last weekend, the pair are looking forward to pushing the #47 Blackwooks Protector Falcon to the front at Hampton Downs.

The V8SuperTourer action commences on Saturday with two 45-minute practice sessions, followed by individual qualifying and a 36 lap race. The stars of Australasian motorsport will hit the track again on Sunday for two races of 56 laps each.

The weekend will feature same-day television coverage on TV3's CRC Motorsport, from 03:00pm to 05:30pm this Sunday, September 29.

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