McIntyre confident of good pace at Christchurch NZV8 round

Nelson’s John McIntyre is confident he’s got the race pace to do well in all three of the NZV8 races he contests on 28 November, having qualified fourth quickest. McIntyre is among the front-runners of the 20-strong field contesting the second round of the NZV8s race series at the Ruapuna circuit outside Christchurch this weekend.

The two-time champion admits it was driver error that cost him a front row starting position, but with the Amcor Falcon demonstrating it’s got strong pace for much more than the one flying lap of the top ten qualifying shootout, McIntyre feels sure he’ll make forward progress in the championship standings.

“The whole team at John McIntyre Racing is really happy with the car – we’re very confident with our race pace,” says McIntyre who set pole position and won the first two races of the BNT V8s Championship season at Pukekohe three weeks ago.

“Of course I’m disappointed to have missed the chance of a front row starting position for Sunday, but I made two mistakes. It’s driver error, but we’re not in the worst position starting from fourth. With Angus Fogg in front of us on the front row, he’s normally pretty aggressive at the start, so we’ve got a good chance to go around the outside of Craig Baird, who’s in third, and chase down Kayne Scott who’s on pole.”

McIntyre says an interesting factor of Sunday’s racing will be the tyre wear. “The new brake package is working so well that’s it’s pretty hard on the tyres when the weather and track temperatures are so hot. It’s just another factor we’ve got to take into account.”

McIntyre lines up for three races on Sunday: 10:20am for the first 12-lapper, 1:05pm for the second, and then 3:40pm for the 20-lap reverse grid race.

John McIntyre Racing thanks its sponsors: Blackwoods Paykels, Protector Safety, Amcor, Talley's, Castrol Edge, BP Ultimate, NZ Ceiling and Drywall Supplies, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime Co, Squawking Magpie Wines, Dynamic Fluid Systems, EATON, Ford New Zealand, Irwin Tools and Showquip.

McIntyre, the shootout specialist, looks to Christchurch NZV8 round

Top race driver John McIntyre looks to build on the pole position and two race wins he earned at the opening round of the BNT V8s Championship as the premier touring car series heads to Christchurch’s Ruapuna circuit for round two over the weekend of 27 and 28 November.

Since the NZV8 class introduced a qualifying shootout to finalise the top ten starting positions at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, McIntyre has won five of the six* shootouts run.

“I think the shootout results speak volumes – John McIntyre Racing are the shootout specialists – and we’re set to do it again at Ruapuna on Saturday 27 November,” says McIntyre from his Nelson home.

McIntyre’s goal before Pukekohe’s opening round was to maximise his points’ haul with pole position and victory in the first two races at the first two rounds. “We did that at Pukekohe this year and last year. We did it at Ruapuna last year, so we’re all set to do it again next weekend. We’re looking for as many points as possible before the series heads to the South Island again in January for the back-to-back rounds in Invercargill and Timaru.”

However, the opening round didn’t go all McIntyre’s way with the two-time champion not as close to the series’ lead as he would have liked.

“Yeah, we crashed out of the third reverse grid race, but from every negative comes a positive. While the car was stripped down, we developed some suspension components that we wouldn’t normally have done. Now, the JMR Amcor Falcon is perfect. It’s finished today and ready to head south from our Hastings base at Lodge Auto Centre next week.”

McIntyre understands the value in winning races as a way to build a buffer against unforeseen situations like the DNF at Pukekohe.

“It’s vital to say in touch with the championship leader. We’re just 20 points away from current leader Angus Fogg with Craig Baird and Tim Edgell holding second and third between Angus and me – that’s how close it is. We didn’t finish one of the races while the other three did, so it shows going for the maximum 75 points for a win makes a difference.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing Canterbury’s motorsport fans at Ruapuna. They’ve been going through such a shaky time for so long. We hope they come along to the track to enjoy some great racing – we aim to entertain the crowd!”

John McIntyre Racing is on-track at Ruapuna Raceway, the tight, technical race circuit outside Christchurch seven times over 27 and 28 November. Saturday’s schedule has test sessions at 9:45am and 12:35pm, before the two part qualifying session starting at 3:30pm. All three races are on Sunday – 10:20am for the first 12-lapper, 1:05pm for the second, and then 3:40pm for the 20-lap reverse grid race.

John McIntyre Racing thanks its sponsors: Blackwoods Paykels, Protector Safety, Amcor, Talley's, Castrol Edge, BP Ultimate, NZ Ceiling and Drywall Supplies, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime Co, Squawking Magpie Wines, Dynamic Fluid Systems, EATON, Ford New Zealand, Irwin Tools and Showquip.

Two dominant wins keeps McIntyre in touch in NZV8 championship

John McIntyre took the first two victories of the new season of NZV8 touring car racing at Pukekohe this weekend (6 and 7 November) and, despite a crash in the third race, holds fourth place overall.

“The fact is we were dominant through the majority of this opening round,” said the two-time NZV8 champion. “With two race wins to our credit, we’ve been able to stay in touch with the three guys in front of us on the leader-board despite not finishing the weekend’s reverse grid race.”

After setting pole with an ultra-quick time during Saturday’s top ten shootout, McIntyre made the most of the opportunity to run at the front of the field for the first two 12-lap races and secure the maximum points – 75 points for each victory.

However the first race almost didn’t go to McIntyre’s plan as fellow front row runner Tim Edgell got the jump on McIntyre as the starting lights went out early while the pair led the field down to the start-finish line for the rolling start.

“I was hoping to control the race right from the outset, but was caught by surprise when the race started early. Tim got in front and led for a couple of laps while I worked out we had a strong car through certain parts of the circuit. With a switchover move at the hairpin on the third lap, Tim gave me plenty of room to pass, and then I was able to pull away and do what I needed to do to win. I wasn’t pushing very hard at the end and was happy with the car’s performance and new brake package. It was very consistent.”

Race two, also 12 laps, saw McIntyre perform in his trademark start-to-finish style to again score maximum points ahead of Baird and Edgell.

The consequence of earning maximum points in the first two races is starting the third race at the back of the reverse grid, a situation McIntyre has tackled more than a few times.

“I’d got past Tim Edgell and Craig Baird, sitting back, biding my time. While trying to pass Nick Ross, he locked up and there was contact – it didn’t seem major and I kept racing – but then the front left tyre blew and the car crashed into the wall at the top of Ford mountain.

“The car’s very fixable and we’re still very much in touch with the championship leader Angus Fogg, who is only 21 points ahead. Basically, having had such a dominant first two races means we haven’t suffered too much in terms of the overall championship standings.”

McIntyre heads to the Christchurch race circuit, Ruapuna, over the weekend of 26-28 November for the second round of the BNT V8s Championship.

John McIntyre Racing thanks its sponsors: Blackwoods Paykels, Protector Safety, Amcor, Talley's, Castrol Edge, BP Ultimate, NZ Ceiling and Drywall Supplies, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime Co, Squawking Magpie Wines, Dynamic Fluid Systems, EATON, Ford New Zealand, Irwin Tools and Showquip.

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