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."

McIntyre to partner Davison in V8 SupercarsMcIntyre back to Bathurst

Team JELD-WEN's Alex Davison will pair with experienced V8 Supercar co-driver John McIntyre in all three V8 Supercars Endurance Cup long-distance races at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

McIntyre is a long-standing Ford driver and has three New Zealand touring car titles to his name and also won last year's inaugural NZ V8 SuperTourers Sprint Series.

He is excited to continue his relationship with the factory team after last year partnering Alex's brother, Will at Sandown and Bathurst.

"I am really looking forward to driving with Alex as he is always one of the drivers in the mix at the end of these long-distance races," McIntyre said.

"He and the team have been making obvious progress all season since they joined the series and I think we should be strong at all three tracks.

"I've worked with Campbell Little before and obviously was with FPR last year so it will be a familiar environment which always helps. The new-spec V8 Supercars have distinct similarities to the SuperTourer I race so that should aid my transition to the new cars.

"I'd also like to thank Charlie for the opportunity as his seat was definitely the best one available and I look forward to what Alex and I can achieve together."

Team owner Charlie Schwerkolt believes the experience of his two drivers will be a valuable asset come the Endurance Cup.

"I am thrilled to bits to have John join Team JELD-WEN and I am sure he will do a great job for us," Schwerkolt said.

"Alex has always been consistent and quick at the endurance races and it is all about being there in the closing stages so no matter which driver we paired with him, car 18 was going to be a contender.

"But with John in the car we have two very experienced drivers that know the team and the tracks so it gives us a great chance of gaining high overall results."

Team JELD-WEN is busily preparing the #18 JELD-WEN FPR Ford for the trip to Austin, Texas for next weekend's first ever V8 Supercars event in America.

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