McIntyre_PukekoheRd3McIntyre’s strong pace goes unrewarded at Pukekohe

The weekend’s third round of the BNT V8 SuperTourers at Pukekohe had ups and downs for John McIntyre during what was an action-packed and chaotic series of races on the revamped circuit.

The early pace of the #47 Blackwoods Protector Falcon meant things started well for John McIntyre Racing with the team delighted to report their best qualifying result of the season, third.

“We came through Saturday’s two practice sessions with the third quickest time in each session,” says the Nelson-based McIntyre. “And despite qualifying running in very wet, challenging conditions and having what can only be called a ‘major moment’ on my first flying lap, it was very pleasing to secure the third-quickest qualifying lap. The car showed it was very competitive, our time placing us just behind Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin, and ahead of Greg Murphy.”

Sunday’s three races got underway with showers frequently scudding across the circuit. McIntyre was ahead of the massive start line incident which saw race one red-flagged; he then ran steadily in fourth in the restarted 15-lap race before being caught out by surface water at turn four.

“I ran wide on the damp surface; only just slipping off the circuit onto the grass, and then into the tyre wall. I managed to get moving again and finished 13th with a fair amount of damage.”

The second race, 20 laps, was nearly over before it began with an even bigger crash going into turns two and three on the first lap. Starting from 13th put McIntyre in the thick of the action and he had to divert into the pit garage briefly before the restart, unlike at least three other competitors whose cars were too badly damaged. The three-time V8 champion then made the most of the Blackwoods Protector Falcon’s strong race pace charged through the field to finish a well-deserved sixth.

In the third and longest race, 32 laps, McIntyre started fifth.

“I had a really good start, getting the inside line past Scott McLaughlin and Ant Pedersen. I then passed Shane van Gisbergen for 2nd before he re-passed me again at the hairpin. There was some hard racing before they all got back past me, then I was able to back off a little and hold a comfortable fifth place for much of the race. I had a run at Ant in the closing laps and was reeling him in before hitting the turn one bumps for which Pukekohe is so well-known. Basically it was my fault, when I hit the bump the wheel was out of control in my hands and I went off into the gravel trap where I stayed.”

The resultant 14th saw McIntyre slip one place down the V8 SuperTourer points-table to eighth.

“All in all, it was a treacherous weekend of racing – every class had their issues with the rain-slicked circuit. But the car had really good race pace, so we’ve been fighting among the top five all weekend. Compared to last year’s round at Pukekohe, I’ve been heartened with the car’s performance here this weekend.

“Huge thanks go to the JMR crew who worked incredibly hard all day to patch up the damage and keep #47 in the races.”

There’s now a 14-week break until the next V8 SuperTourer round in Taupo at the end of August.

JMR PukekoheJMR qualify third for Brother 350 at Pukekohe today

We are very pleased to report our best qualifying result of the season, set in very wet and challenging conditions today at Puke. The #47 JMR Blackwoods Protector Falcon was always in the hunt today, with third place in every session, Practice 1, 2 and qualifying.

Officials nearly called qualifying off, with the track struggling to cope with the rain as the time approached for the session to begin. Luckily the rain held back enough for the 20 minute all in session. After surviving a MAJOR MOMENT on his first flying lap, Johnny Mac worked his way up to third by the time a red flag was flown to end the session with two minutes to go.

The session ended then, and the JMR team were pleased to have survived the conditions and have the best starting position for the 2013 V8SuperTourer Championship.

Tomorrow there will be three Sprint Races of 15, 20 and 32 Lap durations.

Brother 350 BNT V8 SuperTourers Round 3 – Starting Grid

1. Shane van Gisbergen - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.11.467
2. Scott McLaughlin - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.11.627
3. John McIntyre - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.12.201
4. Greg Murphy - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.12.629
5. Ant Pedersen - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.12.646
6. Dominic Storey - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.12.994
7. Angus Fogg - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.062
8. Ashley Walsh - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.129
9. Richard Moore - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.136
10. Andy Booth - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.205
11. Andre Heimgartner - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.525
12. Mitchell Cunningham - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.13.689
13. Tim Edgell - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.774
14. Simon Evans - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.13.874
15. Kayne Scott - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.14.012
16. Eddie Bell - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.14.028
17. Daniel Gaunt - Ford Falcon V8ST - 1.14.028
18. Paul Manuell - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.14.525
19. Simon McLennan - Holden Commodore V8ST - 1.14.578

John-McIntyre_V8ST_RuaR21No turnaround, says McIntyre re Pukekohe V8 SuperTourer event

John McIntyre doesn't want to be turned around again when the V8 SuperTourer field hits Pukekohe Park Raceway for round three of their 2013 season.

"Quite frankly, I've been turned around by other competitors more than enough already this season," says the Nelson-based V8 race champion. "At critical points of our race meetings at Hampton Downs and Ruapuna, the #47 Blackwoods Protector Falcon was tagged and turned around by others which didn't help our results."

Buoyed by the recent confirmation of his V8 Supercar endurance race drives with Alex Davison in the JELD-WEN Falcon, McIntyre has been giving serious thought to how best to improve his current V8 SuperTourer series placing of seventh when the three-race Pukekohe round takes place over the weekend of 25 and 26 May

"Qualifying is absolutely critical in this intensely competitive field. We've had practice times which were faster than official qualifying times. Part of the reason is I'm working with a different engineer this year and the car set-up is different to last year. We've been going through a range of changes between practice and qualifying, so we've gone a step too far in both sessions this season. We think we know where we need to leave things now, so come Saturday 25 May we'll see if we've got it right. Ultimately I've got to put together the right qualifying lap on the day."

McIntyre made the most of the opportunity to try out the revised format of the Pukekohe circuit at April's V8 Supercar ITM400 event by racing his championship-winning NZV8 in the support category.

"Before I'd driven the new circuit, I felt the changes would take away a genuine passing opportunity going into the hairpin. Now I realise there are more opportunities, going into the new turn five as well as into the hairpin. It's produced a circuit when even better chances for passing and that's great."

The weekend's schedule for V8 SuperTourer competitors comprises two 45-minute practise sessions and a 20-minute qualifying session at 3.25 pm on Saturday. The three races on Sunday are: 15 laps at 10.30 am, 20 laps at 1:15pm and 32 laps at 4pm.

"With the change in television scheduling – V8 SuperTourer races will now screen on TV3's CRC Motorsport the week after each round – we're urging fans to get along and see the race action live and in-person."

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