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

 

Re: Round 7, 2010-11 BNT V8s Championship

John McIntyre Racing

Re: Round 7, 2010-11 BNT V8s Championship at the ITM 400, Hamilton

Media statement

17 April 2011


Milestone for McIntyre with third NZV8 championship title

Nelson’s John McIntyre has won his third BNT V8s Championship title in an edge-of-the-seat final weekend of racing in Hamilton.

Winning the 2010-11 NZV8 championship title marks a milestone for McIntyre and his race team, John McIntyre Racing, as they become the first driver/owner/team combination to win three titles in the hotly-contested New Zealand V8 touring car series. Together the Hawke’s Bay-based team has won 38 races in five seasons after McIntyre successfully collected two further races on the streets of Hamilton.

“We’re absolutely delighted!” says McIntyre. “It’s been a really tough season, up and down with no points from several races set against eight wins from 21 races this season.

“The pressure was on right to the end. We had to do well in the final race to secure victory over Angus Fogg, who has been a tremendous competitor all season.”

On Friday, McIntyre qualified on pole for the first of three races for the NZV8 finale in Hamilton where the NZV8 teams competed as part of the ITM 400 V8 Supercar event.

In Saturday’s action-packed wet-track 12-lap race, ‘Johnny Mac’ finished second to Fogg, who has topped the points-table for most of the season and eased out a slightly larger overnight points’ advantage over Craig Baird in second and McIntyre in third. With two races to run on Sunday, Fogg started the day with 1050 points to Baird’s 1003 and McIntyre’s 998.

Sunday’s first race saw McIntyre beside Fogg on the front row of the starting grid and, again, Fogg had the early advantage.

“The track was wet in places, dry in places, but we clearly had improving pace in the #47 Blackwoods Paykels Protector Safety Falcon,” says McIntyre. “This allowed me to pass Angus fair and square midway through the race and go on to take our seventh win of the season.”

After McIntyre’s deft passing manoeuvre, Fogg’s gearbox failed, dropping him well down the field to limp home in 20th place. McIntyre’s 75 points for the win provided an 11-point advantage over Fogg and moved him into the championship lead for the first time this season with just one race to go.

“With Angus only 11 points behind and starting in sixth place [the starting order for race three was determined by adding the points from races one and two], we could not afford any errors. Again the track was wet in parts and dry in others. We, and many of the series leaders, were out on the dry slick Dunlops and those first few laps as the track continued to dry were very difficult. It looked like Angus and Andy Booth were having a ding-dong battle behind me and, while I was pretty comfortable out in the lead, I wasn’t letting up for one second!”

With the race shortened to 12 laps due to another competitor’s crash, McIntyre stamped his dominance on the season’s final race with a margin of nearly nine seconds back to Booth in second. Fogg took a well-deserved third place, but it wasn’t enough to stop McIntyre taking the title. The final championship points are McIntyre on 1148, 26 ahead of Fogg with 1122 and Baird, last season’s champion, with 1064.

“We’ve had so much thrown at us this season, so it’s particularly satisfying to win our third championship here in Hamilton in front of a fantastic crowd of V8 fans. It’s a real milestone for the team and we can be justly proud of our efforts.

“I’d like to thank our many fans and sponsors for their support this season. It’s been fantastic meeting so many people around the country and we greatly appreciate the support of 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, so thank you all. We’ll keep you up to date with news on future racing in due course.”

More details about McIntyre and his team can be found on www.jmr.co.nz or follow John McIntyre Racing on Facebook.

ENDS/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland