JMRGibson to tame 575 horsepower V8 SuperTourer at Manfeild this weekend

Housed inside Manfeild's 7750 square metre stadium this weekend will be the 575 horsepower #47 Blackwoods Protector FG Falcon V8 SuperTourer of John McIntyre Racing driver Mark Gibson, raring to be unleashed upon the local facilities.

There to contest the second round of the BNT V8 SuperTourer series being held at the Manawatu based Manfeild race circuit from Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February, Auckland based Taupo bred Gibson will tackle the three races in support of the New Zealand Grand Prix weekend.

The last time the now 22-year-old competed at the 3.03km long Manfeild circuit it was in a V8 Challenge Cup car – the second and support tier to the V8 SuperTourers. This time it is in the 550 horsepower rear-wheel-drive V8 SuperTourer – meaning a switch in driving style and mind-set.

Having recently driven the circuit during a hot-lap ride day for the JMR team Gibson says Manfeild has unique characteristics not seen at any other venue in New Zealand.

"It's fantastic for spectating as you can see the entire circuit from wherever you are seated. Plus it's a simple track with great cambers that make for multiple race lines and unique over or under passing opportunities. That's what makes it interesting for me – as I enjoy the race craft side of driving. Manfeild is a track that offers greater opportunity for passing – and that makes for better spectating and racing."

Action begins on the Friday morning with the first of three test sessions, ending in the first qualifying session, being held from 4pm. The second qualifying session (to decide the grid for the weekend's second race) will be held early Saturday afternoon, before the opening 15 lap race. The second race of 15 laps will be held mid-Sunday morning with the weekend finale of 25 laps scheduled to start at 2pm.

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