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.

McIntyre V8SC PukekoheMcIntyre back in winning groove at NZV8s

Nelson’s John McIntyre made a successful one-off return to the NZV8 category he and his team won three championship titles in, by emphatically winning the round held at last weekend’s Pukekohe ITM400 V8 Supercar event.

The category’s most successful driver, McIntyre wasted no time on showing his intentions - rocketing to pole position in the JMR #47 Falcon by a margin of 0.8 seconds to his closest competitor.

Driving the same championship winning Falcon used to secure his last title, the Taupo based and prepared car showed it had the goods in the right hands. McIntyre said he was enjoying being back in his old ride and working out how to negotiate the new and slower section of the revamped Pukekohe track.

“The circuit changes took a bit to get used to as our set-up was better suited to the fast corners than the new slow section, but we proved our car is still very quick,” he said.

In the weekend’s opening race, held on Saturday morning, McIntyre was passed early in the race by another former NZV8s campaigner – Andrew Anderson.
After a very close battle the #47 Blackwoods Protector Falcon, McIntyre regained the lead on lap four going into what is now the fastest corner on the track: turn one. McIntyre then eased away, taking a comfortable 4.5 second win.

Now a full-time driver in the V8 SuperTourer series it has been a couple of seasons since McIntyre had experienced a reverse-grid field similar to the top-six swap around experienced on the Sunday morning. Describing the conditions as ‘torrid’, McIntyre passed all but one car by the fifth lap. Following a safety car break that bunched up the field McIntyre was hit at the hairpin. Dropping two positions as McIntyre returned to the racing line he re-passed JMR development driver Mark Gibson but ran out of laps to catch eventual race winner Kevin Williams.

In the third and final race McIntyre experienced his first ever standing start in the category of aged cars – where he leapt from the line. Finishing the 12 lap race with a winning margin of nine seconds McIntyre’s cumulative results rewarded the team with the weekend trophy.

“Winning the first and third races increased my total to 62 in the category in what is likely to be my last time in the car. It’s always nice to win and do so in front of such a big crowd.”

“I really enjoyed myself and the car’s performance is a credit to our team in Taupo who prepared it to the exact specification that I raced it at Pukekohe back in 2010. These older TL spec cars have a strong future and I can see plenty of young drivers who are already learning their craft in these cars. Our winning car is now available to lease for the next V8 SuperTourer round in May.”

McIntyre’s focus now turns to the V8SuperTourers third round, also to be held at the Pukekohe circuit on May 25-26.

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