Fastway FalconSTOREY TO STAR IN 2012 V8ST SEASON’S FINAL CHAPTER?

Bathurst winner Steve Richards will line up with up and coming single seater ace Dominic Storey this weekend at the Mike Pero Real Estate 350 - the final round of the V8 SuperTourer championship and enduro series.

Storey (23) was originally listed as one of the first 14 V8 SuperTourer drivers over a year ago, but the deal fell through and the young ace has been sat on the sidelines ever since itching to get back into top line motorsport. He will line up with Richards in the new look 'Fastway Couriers Falcon' for the last round of the championship.

"We're delighted to give him the opportunity," said team owner John McIntyre. "He's proved time and time again in other racing disciplines that he has speed and huge potential and it will be very interesting for us as team to see how he goes this weekend. We are convinced he will surprise many people."

With it out of championship picture John McIntyre Racing has used its second car to evaluate and showcase young Kiwi driver talent. Storey has extensive single seater experience gained running in Formula BMW Asia in 2006, in the Toyota Racing Series in 2007, in Formula BMW UK in the same year, in Formula Renault over three seasons and most recently in British Formula Three. He has also tested Formula Renault 3.5 - one of the last rungs of the single seater ladder before Formula One.

Storey completed a successful shakedown test of the Fastway Falcon at Taupo today before the team packed up and headed down for the series Grand Finale at the Powerbuilt Tools Raceway, Ruapuna, which takes place this weekend.

It'll be a big weekend for the Fastway Couriers brand, with McIntyre's co-driver Jono Lester dovetailing his driving duties in the team's number one car along with a drive in a Fastway Couriers-backed Porsche in the final three hour South Island Endurance Series round which is one of the major supporting events for the V8 SuperTourers.

Merchandise "End of Season Sale"!

Merchandise saleAs the inaugural V8SuperTourer Season comes to a close we'd like to offer you some seriously discounted merchandise.

Our JMR jacket, polo shirt and tee-shirts are all included in this sale, so get in quick to support JMR for Ruapuna or get your Xmas present early! We want to make way for an exciting line of products next season!

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Two top tens the highlight on difficult weekend for JMR

McIntyreLester_Pukekohe500_A top ten finish for each of its two Ford Falcon V8 SuperTourers at last weekend's Woodstock 500 at Pukekohe was a welcome boost for John McIntyre Racing on the toughest weekend in its six year history.

Seventh place for John McIntyre and Jono Lester in Race 2 and ninth for Steve Richards and Scott Harrison in the new look Sidchrome Ford V8ST in Race 3 represented a great save by the team on a weekend where they were dogged by problem after problem.

More importantly, the top ten finish kept team principal McIntyre in the hunt for the inaugural SuperTourer title. Arch rival Jonny Reid had a difficult weekend as well, and both were leapfrogged in the points by Scott McLaughlin. McIntyre nevertheless heads to the final round at Ruapuna still with a strong shot at the title.

"That's a whole lot better than it was looking on the Saturday of Pukekohe," he explained. ""We had the worst qualifying of my career and to top that off in Race 1 the car engine shut down on Jono. He rebooted the electrics and was able to get going but we went a lap down. Our pace wasn't good when I hopped into the car and with eight laps to go I had to pit for front end repairs."

McIntyre and Lester had lost time in Friday practice with steering rack issues, cutting their track and critical set-up time to just four competitive laps. In a field covered in its entirety by little more than a second, that was never going to be enough and the pair could not recover from Friday's issues, qualifying 18th and finishing 18th, 7th and 14th in the three races over the weekend.

The appearance of Steve's dad and racing legend Jim Richards worked a bit of overnight magic on both cars, and they were much closer to the pace on Sunday. The gremlins and the awful luck remained, however.

Car #47 of Lester/McIntyre drove through the field from 18th to seventh in the 53 lap second race. Car #70 of Harrison and Richards was hit at turn one on lap 5, with Scott behind the wheel. He managed to avoid the armco on the left and brought the car in for repairs. It was decided that the front end damage and a gearbox issue was better remedied before race 3 and the car was retired from the race.

In the 70 lap Race 3, car #47 struggle early on with a suspected cut left rear tyre. Lester pitted as early as possible on lap 30 to hand over to McIntyre for the remaining 40 laps and McIntyre was able to make good progress into the top ten until a series of incidents with other cars forced him off track and back down to 12th. With just three laps to go the gearbox in the #47 Blackwoods Protector Falcon started vibrating and McIntyre circulated in sixth gear to finish 14th.

Harrison and Richards in car #70 made great progress all race from the back of the grid. Harrison handed a clean straight car to Richards and the 2xBathurst Winner charged on. The team made a great call to bring Richards in during a safety car, fitting fresh left hand side tyres. Richards went to the back of the pack then moved forward including passing team owner John McIntyre and eventually finishing a well-deserved ninth.

"Firstly I'd like to say thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for their encouragement at Pukekohe," concluded McIntyre "JMR had its toughest ever round of a motor racing and I have lost the effective lead of the Championship. Jono was great all weekend but he and I just suffered from a lack of laps on Friday. Steve and Scott did a great job in the #70 Sidchrome/Dewalt Falcon under the circumstances and finished strongly in the final race. Its only through your mistakes that you learn and we believe we have learned a great deal this weekend.

"We now head to Ruapuna in Christchurch for the GRAND FINAL on November 24-25th, the scene of our feature race Win at Easter. We are working flat out between now and then to sort our car issues and produce two fast cars at Christchurch."

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