McIntyre to start third in first Hamilton NZV8 race

John McIntyre lines up third on the starting grid for the first New Zealand V8 touring car race in Hamilton, one of the support races for the V8 Supercar ITM400.

“We didn’t have a top ten shootout as officials needed to access the circuit to clean up an oil spill. That was disappointing, but it’s just one of those things,” says McIntyre, a two-time NZV8 champion and owner of John McIntyre Racing. “We just have to make the most of being third, on the inside line.”

Johnny Mac was fastest during the morning’s official test session, setting a time of 1:32.2260 on the 3.4 km street circuit. He says although the Talley’s Ford was the quickest of the 25 NZV8s in Hamilton, the team knew exactly what they wanted to do to get more speed on the unforgiving street circuit.

The NZV8s headed out for their first early afternoon qualifying session, where McIntyre was again the fastest.

“With the top ten shootout cancelled, our second qualifying session then became the session to set the grid,” he explains. “The split sector timing on this circuit showed I was on a very good lap, 0.5 seconds up after second sector, but then I made two mistakes in the last sector, and didn’t have a chance to do another faster lap.”

Tim Edgell has pole with a time of 1:31.3, Kayne Scott is second with 1:31.6 and McIntyre’s time is just a fraction slower, 1:31.7.

“Although we aren’t on pole, it’s actually better to be third on the grid than second or fourth because of the nature of the first corner. Tim and I can keep the inside line, whereas Kayne and Angus Fogg, who’s fourth, are outside us around two sharp bends.”

Race one for the NZV8s is at 11am on Saturday features, 12 laps. Race two, also 12 laps, is at 9:15am on Sunday, and race three – with the starting order not the usual reverse grid format, but based on finishing places in race two – starts at 3:15pm and running for 16 laps.

As always, McIntyre thanks Talley's, Castrol Edge, Protector Safety, Prime Explosives, Amcor Packaging, Ford NZ, The Rock FM, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime, Avon City Ford, BP Ultimate, Dynamic Fluid Systems, Speedshow, Cookes Wirerope, Colorfast Signs, Squawking Magpie Wines, City Collision Repairs Napier, NZ Ceiling, Drywall Supplies and Uniden for their support.

Coverage of the ITM400, including the NZV8s, screens on TV3 from midday to 6pm, both Saturday 17 April and Sunday 18 April.

McIntyre takes first NZV8 race win in Hamilton

John McIntyre scored the 49th win of his NZV8 touring car career on the streets of Hamilton during the second day of the ITM400 V8 Supercar event this weekend.

“I’m really stoked to get the win, and the car’s really good. On a circuit like this, with concrete barriers and intense competition, it’s about not making any mistakes,” says ‘Johnny Mac’ who started third.

“I got carved up into the first corner, and was pushed back into fourth by Andy Knight. Tim Edgell and Kayne Scott had the lead and it took three laps to get passed Andy at turn one, so they had a bit of gap on me. I managed to catch them up, then with three laps to go, Tim’s brakes went and Kayne went into turn one too deep and I managed to get passed them both to lead for the final two laps.”

The win puts McIntyre on pole for the NZV8’s second race of the weekend at 9:15am on Sunday.

The NZV8 races in Hamilton are non-championship races, with competitors contesting a one-off trophy with their three races. The weekend’s final NZV8 race, of 16 laps at 3:15pm, has the starting order determined by the finishing places in race two, not the usual NZV8 reverse grid format.

“This is John McIntyre Racing’s 28th race victory as a team, so I’m delighted for the whole team to score another win.

“The small changes to the circuit haven’t really provided the passing opportunity we expected, so I’m looking forward to being on pole tomorrow and having the advantage of a clear track.

McIntyre will be joined on the front row of the grid by Scott, the only other NZV8 driver to have won races on the Hamilton circuit.

McIntyre extends his thanks to Talley's, Castrol Edge, Protector Safety, Prime Explosives, Amcor Packaging, Ford NZ, The Rock FM, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime, Avon City Ford, BP Ultimate, Dynamic Fluid Systems, Speedshow, Cookes Wirerope, Colorfast Signs, Squawking Magpie Wines, City Collision Repairs Napier, NZ Ceiling, Drywall Supplies and Uniden for their support of John McIntyre Racing.

overage of the ITM400, including the NZV8s, screens on TV3 from midday to 6pm, both Saturday 17 April and Sunday 18 April.

Three from three for McIntyre in NZV8s in Hamilton

Three wins from three races for John McIntyre during the New Zealand V8 touring car races at the ITM 400 V8 Supercar event in Hamilton topped off the final weekend of the 2009/10 season for the two-time NZV8 champion and his team.

McIntyre racked up his 50th race victory in an NZV8 during the weekend’s second race and topped that with his 51st NZV8 win on the final afternoon of action. John McIntyre Racing, the team formed by McIntyre in 2006, secured their 30th NZV8 win as a team, an achievement of which McIntyre is particularly proud.

“It’s a huge achievement to do well in this series, and particularly in Hamilton. Not only do you need a quick car, you need a car that can hold together for 16 laps of absolute punishment. The circuit’s incredibly hard on the car and our team can be enormously proud of their efforts – not just here this weekend – but all season with the phenomenal car preparation and team-work,” says the Nelson-based driver.

The weekend’s non-championship races for McIntyre and the NZV8 field started on Friday when the three scheduled qualifying sessions were cut short by officials. Having been fastest during testing and the first qualifying session, McIntyre was third fastest in the second session. With the sudden announcement that the top ten shootout was being cancelled, there wasn’t much McIntyre could do except make the best of the situation. “That’s why you aim to be quickest in every qualifying session.”

Saturday and race one, scheduled to be 12 laps in length but shortened to nine, saw McIntyre pushed back into fourth on the first corner but eventually he was able to get back past Andy Knight and then catch up with Tim Edgell and Kayne Scott. This put McIntyre in the perfect position to take advantage of Edgell’s brake issue and Scott leaving a gap, and pass both to take the lead and the race victory.

Starting from pole for race two on Sunday morning, 12 laps, McIntyre says he missed second gear during the rolling start.

“That gave Kayne the advantage into turn one, then the safety car came out on this opening lap and we followed that for two laps, then Kayne got a really good jump at the re-start. His car was better through one sector of the circuit, but ours was really strong through turns five, six and seven. Basically I was all over Kayne for about three laps. Going into turn seven, he would have covered me if he thought I could pull off the move, but he didn’t and I did, getting the gap on the inside and through into the lead.”

McIntyre then extended his lead over Scott to finish the race 1.5 seconds ahead, and score his 50th race win.

Again on pole for Sunday afternoon’s 16 lap third race, McIntyre says the start lights froze and the first two rows of competitors couldn’t see if the race was officially started or not.

“I was being pushed Andy Knight and him by the guy behind, and with confirmation from Perry [Field, JMR team manager] on the radio, we were away racing.

“Andy was close on my bumper, while out the rear-view mirror I could see a real shambles that Kayne got caught up in, so I pushed hard for four laps to get a lead of nearly eight seconds over Andy and that was our third win of the weekend, and the team’s 30th in 84 races in four seasons – that’s a 35% winning record, which is pretty impressive!

“The whole team can be very proud of their hard work. We’re delighted to finish the season on such a positive note. To all our supporters and sponsors, thank you such much. We hope you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we have – most of it anyway! There’s been some absolutely phenomenal racing.”

McIntyre concludes: “We’re working hard on plans for next year’s NZV8 campaign and look forward to revealing those details in due course.”

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