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