Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Greg Murphy is the target in BNT V8 SuperTourers

Ant Pedersen has his sights trained firmly on Greg Murphy for the BNT V8 SuperTourers races at Manfeild’s New Zealand Grand Prix meeting this weekend.

The 25-year-old Hamilton accountant, who was just pipped by Murphy for the 2013 championship, needs to start beating the defending champion after car troubles cost him vital points in the first round at the new Highlands circuit last month.

“We need to win, he’s slipping away from us,” Pedersen said as he prepared for round two, The Sound 250. “We’re going to try hard and race hard – but he will too, and the others.”

At Highlands, near Cromwell in Central Otago, Pedersen had to sit cooling his heels in the pits for the opening laps of the final race while the team fixed a steering problem on his Ford Falcon. Then he rocketed out and set the fastest lap of the race, but Murphy won all three races in his Holden Commodore.

“We found a few other things in the car that were not quite right, other than the steering, and we fixed those,” Pedersen said. But with placings of third, fourth and 10th he found himself fourth in the standings, 99 points behind Murphy.

With the car improved now, he is aiming to repeat his stellar form of last year.

Meanwhile young Aucklander Andre Heimgartner is reaping the rewards of a new approach to racing and he stands second on points after scoring two seconds and a fourth at Highlands, and pushing Murphy hard at times.

“I had a think about how I drive and how I can improve, some little things that add up,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of improvement in my fitness and my general concentration.

“Now I’m thinking about the championship, adding up the points rather than just going balls-out to pass the dude in front. I think before a race what I’m aiming to achieve, rather than just going out and driving.”

Like Pedersen, Aucklander Tim Edgell is looking for an improvement after car problems caused disappointing results at the first round.

“We had a steering-rack issue and we found the front shock absorbers were not working properly,” Edgell, a race-winner last year, said. “We’ve fixed that and Manfeild is my best track so we’re hoping to be more competitive this weekend.”

Edgell and other drivers said they were looking forward to the special atmosphere and big crowds of the Grand Prix meeting. “There’s good viewing areas at Manfeild; it’s like an amphitheatre,” he said.

The chief executive of BNT V8 SuperTourers, Ray Noonan, said he was delighted his series was appearing at the prestigious Grand Prix meeting for the first time.

“It brings together the two top categories, the BNT V8 SuperTourers and the Toyota Racing Series, and I think that represents a real maturing of motorsport in New Zealand,” he said.

The meeting also sees the first appearance of Aucklander Chris Hanley, 23, who replaces the unavailable Craig Baird in Garry Pedersen’s Falcon. Pedersen said Hanley, the 2013 V8 Utes champion, had gone very well in testing at Taupo: "Chris is naturally very quick,” he said. “He pushed the car really, really hard.”

Meanwhile Australian Tim Blanchard, who raced in V8 Supercars for Dick Johnson Racing in 2013, appears set to appear in the championship soon. International Motorsport team chief Lyall Williamson said negotiations were well advanced for Blanchard to join his team from the Hankook Super Series meeting at Pukekohe next month as team-mate to Pedersen.

The BNT V8 SuperTourers have qualifying and one race on Saturday, and two races on Sunday.

Photos by Andrew Bright

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving

“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation

To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>

ALSO:

Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>

ALSO:

Memorial: 85th Anniversary Of 1931 Napier Earthquake

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye will today attend the 85th anniversary afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Napier earthquake, to pay tribute to the heroism, kindness and generosity shown by many during this and more recent emergencies. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images: 2016 Wellington Seven Costumes

On the last day of the 2016 Wellington Sevens, a sunny day saw the Stadium and waterfront quiet – at least compared to previous years. But there were still a range of traditional and novel dresser-uppers to be spotted. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news