RESULT A BONUS FOR KNIGHT AS OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED Eighth place in Sunday's WPS Bathurst 12 Hour race was a bonus for Christchurch driver Andy Knight as he achieved his major objective on his first visit to the Mount Panorama circuit in New South...
RESULT A BONUS FOR KNIGHT AS OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED
Eighth place in Sunday's WPS Bathurst 12 Hour race was a bonus for Christchurch driver Andy Knight as he achieved his major objective on his first visit to the Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales.
The primary objective for Knight, the current leader of the Toyota Racing Series and recent winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix, was to gain laps and learn the demanding 6.213 kilometre circuit. That goal was important in view of the fact that Knight is currently pursuing opportunities to race in the later rounds of the Australian Carrera Cup championship that pays a visit to Bathurst in October. A 12 Hour race allows drivers to get plenty of laps around the circuit and as Andy said on his return to New Zealand yesterday, "they are laps for the future."
While Andy and his teammates, Great Britain A1GP driver James Winslow and Australian Daniel Schulz, finished a fine eighth it could have been even higher as the Wilson Brothers Racing Subaru WRX STi they shared was running fifth with half an hour to go. However a couple of pitstops to effect repairs during Winslow's last stint dropped the car to eighth.
After his initial taste of Bathurst this weekend Andy said, "I got a good run in. It's a pretty cool place and you do need a few laps to get it sorted."
The team's sister car with two more kiwi's aboard, Brent Collins of Timaru and Inky Tulloch of Gore, finished tenth.
Knight will now turn his attention to Round 5 of the Toyota Racing Series at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend. After winning the New Zealand Grand Prix at the circuit last month Knight will return to the Manawatu track in his Milwaukee Power Tools Toyota hoping to extend his lead in the 2007/2008 Toyota Racing Series.
-credit: Knight Motorsport