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.

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

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