FOGG WILL LEAD CALTEX FORD CHARGE TOMORROW Angus Fogg will lead the Caltex Racing Ford charge at the Taupo Motor Racing Circuit tomorrow after backing up his fifth fastest time in this morning's practice session with third fastest time in ...
FOGG WILL LEAD CALTEX FORD CHARGE TOMORROW
Angus Fogg will lead the Caltex Racing Ford charge at the Taupo Motor Racing Circuit tomorrow after backing up his fifth fastest time in this morning's practice session with third fastest time in qualifying this afternoon.
Teammate Paul Pedersen was also on the pace setting the eighth fastest time in both sessions.
With over 30 Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore V8s at the Taupo circuit for the sixth round of the 2004/05 Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car championship this weekend the timed practice and qualifying sessions were split in two, with the fastest half of the field in one group and the slower half in the other.
Fogg and Pedersen joined the other top-liners in the fast group and both practiced and qualified well under the existing class lap record - 41.008 - set this time last year by Holden Commodore driver Paul Manuell.
Fogg - whose best time was a 40.500 - has made a practice of practicing and qualifying well and his comments about today's two sessions, the first held in the cool of the morning, the second in hot, sticky conditions under a cloudless blue sky, bode well for his and teammate Paul Pedersen's performance in the three Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car races tomorrow.
"I'm reasonably happy, all things considered, "said Fogg. "I probably missed the ideal window in terms of when the tyres are at their best, but the car was good and I got the time."
The plan tomorrow, according to Fogg, both for himself and Paul Pedersen, is to make the most of their top ten starting positions - and perhaps more importantly on the tight Taupo track - keep out of trouble and finish all three races.
"The cars will be good race cars, and I wouldn't imagine that it will be too many laps before Paul is on my tail, " said Fogg.
Fellow Ford driver John McIntyre was the fastest qualifier today. He will start tomorrow's first race from pole position with Holden driver Kayne Scott beside him on the front row and Fogg and championship points leader Wade Henshaw sharing the second row. Another Ford/Holden combo, Brady Kennett and defending champion Andy Booth share on row three.
<pre> 2004/05 Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car championship Round 6 Taupo Motor Racing Circuit Taupo New Zealand March 12/13 2005
Practice 1. John McIntyre Auckland Ford Falcon 39.989 2. Kayne Scott Hamilton Holden Commodore 40.491 3. Andy Booth Auckland Ford Falcon 40.492 4. Wade Henshaw Christchurch Holden Commodore 20.504 5. Angus Fogg Auckland Ford Falcon 40.533 6. Brady Kennett Palmerston North Ford Falcon 40.841 7. Andrew Anderson Auckland Holden Commodore 40.576 8. Paul Pedersen Rotorua Ford Falcon 40.686 9. Mark Pedersen Auckland Ford Falcon 40.931 10. Paul Manuell Auckland Holden Commodore 41.019 11. Clark Proctor Auckland Ford Falcon 41.037 12. Shane Drake Auckland Ford Falcon 41.120 13. Andrew Fawcett Wellington Ford Falcon 41.141 14. Jared Carlyle Mt Maunganui Ford Falcon 41.322 15. Kevin Williams Pukekohe Holden Commodore 41.211 16. Haydn Mackenzie Auckland Ford Falcon 41.411 17. Nicholas Ross Cambridge Holden Commodore 41.299 18. Craig Boote Nelson Ford Falcon 41.385 19. Michael Thom Auckland Holden Commodore 41.485 20. Michael Wallace Dunedin Holden Commodore 41.588
Qualifying 1. McIntyre 40.203 2. Scott 40.487 3. Angus Fogg** 40.500 4. Henshaw 40.577 5. Kennett 40.583 6. Booth 40.687 7. Anderson 40.706 8. Paul Pedersen** 40.758 9. Drake 40.799 10. Mark Pedersen 40.824 11. Manuell 40.824 12. Carlyle 41.000 13. Boote 41.084 14. Fawcett 41.255 15. Williams 41.345 16. Mackenzie 41.346 17. Ross 41.492 18. Proctor 41.511 19. Thom 41.593 20. Wallace 41.633
** Caltex Racing Ford BA Falcon