McIntyre 100% ready for Manfeild NZ V8s battle

With the Prime Explosives-backed Ford repaired and looking 100% after suffering substantial damage on a slick, wet Timaru circuit at the end of January, two-time NZ V8 champion John McIntyre is ready to race in the Manfeild round of the BNT V8s Championship over the weekend of 13 and 14 February.

“We’re still in the title hunt with two rounds of the championship to go,” says Johnny Mac. “There’s one thing about this team – we don’t give up – and you soon learn, in this series, never say never!”

After the uncontrollable aquaplaning on a super-slick Timaru circuit in January caused the John McIntyre Racing Ford to crash heavily, the team and many suppliers have worked incredibly hard to rebuild the car back to its previous top-performing best.

“We’re looking forward to Manfeild – we’re there to win more races. We are completely focussed on keeping our strong performance from earlier rounds going,” says the Nelson-based McIntyre whose car and team are based in Hastings. “It’s quite exciting, facing this sort of challenge, and we’ll be doing our utmost to succeed, as we always do.”

One of the key signs that the Prime Explosives Ford is in great condition after its rebuild is that the team’s engineer Perry Field could apply the established set-up geometry with all the settings working perfectly. “You can tell the car’s good, the chassis is straight and it’s all gone back together as intended.”

The JMR team will get to test the car during the official practice sessions for the NZ V8 class at 10:15am and 2:05pm on Saturday. The three-part qualifying session gets underway at 3:40pm. Then on Sunday, the three races see Johnny Mac on track at 9:55am, 12:55pm and 4pm after the running of the NZ Grand Prix for the Toyota class.

McIntyre and his team at John McIntyre Racing extends their thanks to sponsors Talley's, Castrol Edge, Protector Safety, Prime Explosives, Ford NZ, The Rock FM, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime, Avon City Ford, BP Ultimate, Dynamic Fluid Systems, Speedshow, Cookes Wirerope, Colorfast Signs, City Collision Repairs Napier, and others for their ongoing support.

Speedshow backs top NZ V8 team John McIntyre Racing

The popular annual automotive and motorsport show, Speedshow, is supporting John McIntyre’s bid to win a third New Zealand V8 touring car championship.

The Speedshow logo now features on McIntyre’s #47 Ford V8 and will help provide additional public awareness of what one motor industry commentator called ‘the de facto Kiwi motor show’.

“We’ve known John for many years; since his early teenage years, in fact, when he helped out around the pits and clearly had a massive enthusiasm for motorsport, so it’s fantastic to see him doing so well with his own team in a very competitive class,” says Speedshow organiser Keith Sharp.

“If you’re looking for a driver to support in New Zealand motorsport, you’d be hard pressed to go passed someone with the profile that John has. He’s popular with fans, he’s always a front-runner in the top-rating BNT V8s and he was at Speedshow as an exhibitor to launch his newly-built car in 2008, so we’re delighted to have an involvement with his 2009-10 campaign,” says Sharp.

McIntyre highlights the fact Speedshow is the premium show for motorsport and car enthusiasts.

“Speedshow always has an amazing feel to it,” says ‘Johnny Mac’. “Having known Keith for so long, it’s a pleasure to have them on-board as a sponsor.”

The 2010 edition of Speedshow takes places at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland over the weekend of 24 and 25 July. As in previous years, a wide range of new and classic cars and motorbikes from all forms of motorsport will feature alongside the best, most interesting variety of performance vehicles the Speedshow team can lay their hands on. News and details are updated on the Speedshow website on a regular basis; see www.speedshow.co.nz, or find Speedshow on Facebook.

Repairs to John McIntyre Racing Ford progressing well

Ten days after the John McIntyre Racing NZ V8 race car sustained substantial damage at the Timaru round of the NZ V8 series, repairs are progressing at speed in the team’s Hawke’s Bay workshop.

“The team and our suppliers are all doing an amazing job to get the JMR Ford back on track for the fifth round of the series at Manfeild over the weekend of 13 and 14 February,” says two-time NZ V8 champion John McIntyre.

“We are 100% focussed on getting the car right. There is no way this car is being written off,” explains McIntyre from his home in Nelson.

“Certainly the front and the rear of the car were damaged – significantly – but the central core of the car was strong and protected me, as the driver, as it was intended to do. Essentially we were left with two doors and the roof intact as far as exterior panels go, so there’s certainly been a huge amount of work to do.”

McIntyre says that the car is now back at Lodge Auto Centre in Hastings, the car’s home-base, after nearly a week at City Collision Repairs in Napier.

“These guys have the right equipment for a precision job. The JMR Ford has been on the chassis- straightener, primarily as a precaution as the chassis wasn’t damaged, but you need to check every detail. Much of the time at City Collision Repairs has seen the rear and the front sections being ‘stitched’ back on to the car. They’ve gone further than we thought and the car looks like new. They’ve tidied up all the wear and tear, all the stone chips. It looks great and we really appreciate their quick turnaround.”

McIntyre also acknowledges the tremendous service provided by Timaru Motors Ford and Avon City Ford in Christchurch.

“You wouldn’t have believed the service level if you hadn’t experienced it for yourself. Within an hour of JMR submitting our order for replacement Ford parts, both dealerships had the orders made up and on their way to us in Hastings. Being able to source parts so quickly has been critical to getting this job done in time for the next round. I’ve worked with both of these Ford dealerships for many years and their response has been phenomenal.”

At Lodge Auto Centre, the JMR team with Craig Field in charge, first stripped the car of all removable parts before it went to City Collision Repairs, then they’ve gone through all the parts carefully. Many parts have been crack-tested, and now the car’s back, everything’s being re-fitted and tested as much as possible before the only official practice sessions the NZ V8 competitors get on Saturday 13 February.

McIntyre says once the car is restored to race-trim, replacing all the sponsor graphics is the next major task. He feels confident the JMR Ford will be in the best possible condition for racing at Manfeild and would like to express his appreciation to the JMR team, the team’s suppliers and the many supporters who have sent emails and made comments on Facebook.

“Hey, it’s never say die around here and we know we’ll be ready for racing come 13 February, but it’s also very much appreciated to have had so many positive comments about JMR in the past two weeks, so thank you all.”

McIntyre and his team at John McIntyre Racing extends their thanks to sponsors Talley's, Castrol Edge, Protector Safety, Prime Explosives, Ford NZ, The Rock FM, Ideal Electrical, Websters Hydrated Lime, Avon City Ford, BP Ultimate, Dynamic Fluid Systems, Speedshow, Cookes Wirerope, Colorfast Signs, City Collision Repairs Napier, and others for their ongoing support.

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