FOGG THIRD OVERALL IN CALTEX FORD AT TAUPO Angus Fogg made good on his practice and qualifying promise with a season-best third place overall for the Caltex Racing Ford team at the Taupo round of the 2004/05 Mike Pero Mortgages Motorsport ...
FOGG THIRD OVERALL IN CALTEX FORD AT TAUPO
Angus Fogg made good on his practice and qualifying promise with a season-best third place overall for the Caltex Racing Ford team at the Taupo round of the 2004/05 Mike Pero Mortgages Motorsport series today.
Starting as he meant to go on Fogg set the third fastest lap time in Saturday's qualifying session then had a strong run in each race today.
In fact the only hiccup in an otherwise strong and positive day was when he was sent spinning off the track and out of what looked like a certain second place by championship leader Wade Henshaw. Fogg had been shadowing Henshaw and when the Holden man slid wide exiting the first turn Fogg dived down the inside.
But as Henshaw fought to get back onto the track he hit Fogg's car amidships, sending the Caltex Vortex car spinning off the track.
Luck must have been smiling on Fogg however because he was quickly able to recover and crossed the line in 12th place.
Though that meant he had to start the second of the day's two 18 lap Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championship races from the sixth row of the grid Fogg he was able to work his way up to seventh place at the flag.
That put him fourth on the grid for the final 24-lap reverse top ten race which he eventually finished in second place behind defending class champion Andy Booth and in front of fellow Ford man Clark Proctor and Holden driver Kayne Scott.
To underline his impressive weekend showing Fogg also set the fastest race laps in both the second and third races.
All things considered a good weekend?
"It certainly has been, " a delighted Fogg said after the podium ceremony. "I said going into the weekend that I wanted to finish some races and hopefully win some silverware for Caltex and that's exactly what we've done."
The points scored also made a big difference to Fogg's place in the championship points standings, elevated him from 17th place going into the meeting to 13th and within easy striking distance of 10th placed Andrew Anderson after it.
Fogg's Caltex Havoline-backed teammate Paul Pedersen didn't have quite as good a day, despite setting the eighth fastest in qualifying on Saturday and finishing seventh in the first race and a strong fourth in the second.
That gave the former class champion sixth spot on the grid for the Safety Car and Red Flag-interrupted reverse top ten grid final race but after quickly catching teammate Fogg then getting past and as high as third behind Booth and Proctor he was sidelined by a driveline failure.
"Something just went bang," he reported. "We don't know what yet, but it was something in the transmission or the diff."
Despite that setback the news from the penultimate round of the 2004/05 Parker ENZED series wasn't all bad for Pedersen. The points he scored in the first and second race elevated him (one place) to seventh overall in the championship points standings!
After another very eventful day of Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championship racing Holden driver Wade Henshaw from Christchurch continues to lead the title chase with 1074 points, 86 more than race three winner Andy Booth (Holden) and 166 more than the first of the Ford drivers, John McIntyre.
There is now a break of just over a month before the final round of the Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car championship at Pukekohe.
<pre> 2004/05 Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car championship Round 6 Taupo Motor Racing Circuit Taupo New Zealand March 12/13 2005
Race 1 -- 18 laps 1. McIntyre 14.09.854 2. Henshaw +2.054 3. Kennett +2.810 4. Booth +3.180 5. Anderson +3.363 6. Mark Pedersen +4.088 7. Paul Pedersen** +4.749 8. Manuell +6.024 9. Thom +8.716 10. Scott +10.651 11. Proctor +12.167 12. Angus Fogg** +13.691 13. Williams +14.046 14. Mackenzie +14.390 15. Wallace +15.502 16. Perkins +17.498 17. Carlyle +19.128 18. Roberts +20.372 19. Pero +21.272 20. McMillan +21.605
Race 2 -- 18 laps 1. McIntyre 13.16.379 2. Henshaw +2.660 3. Booth +7.034 4. Paul Pedersen** +7.305 5. Anderson +7.848 6. Manuell +8.405 7. Angus Fogg** +12.189 8. Thom +12.900 9. Scott +13.200 10. Proctor +13.868 11. Carlyle +14.054 12. Wallace +19.622 13. Drake +20.094 14. McMillan +2x.419 15. Boote +23.871 16. Perkins +25.252 17. Ross +26.210 18. Fawcett +28.069 19. Shivas +30.048 20. Parsons +35.947
Race 3 -- 24 laps 1. Booth 17.11.352 2. Angus Fogg** +5.693 3. Proctor +8.705 4. Scott +9.139 5. Thom +12.256 6. Manuell +12.537 7. Carlyle +13.537 8. Wallace +14.422 9. Perkins +18.741 10. Boote +19.077 11. Fawcett +21.245 12. McIntyre +21.960 13. Ross +23.550 14. Mackenzie +23.799 15. Drake +23.917 16. Shivas +25.523 17. Williams +25.930 18. McMillan +29.572 19. Parsons +36.479 20. Hardy +36.621 DNS Paul Pedersen**
Points after Rnd 6 of 7 1. Wade Henshaw Holden Commodore VY Christchurch 1074 2. Andy Booth Holden Commodore VY Auckland 988 3. John McIntyre Ford Falcon BA Auckland 908 4. Kayne Scott Holden Commodore VY Hamilton 830 5. Paul Manuell Holden Commodore VY Auckland 758 6. Shane Drake Ford Falcon BA Auckland 665 7. Paul Pedersen** Ford Falcon BA Rotorua 643 8. Mark Pedersen Ford Falcon BA Auckland 606 9. Michael Thom Holden Commodore Auckland 506 10. Andrew Anderson Holden Commodore VY Auckland 495 11. Dean Perkins Ford Falcon Pukekohe 490 12. Clark Proctor Ford Falcon BA Auckland 455 13. Angus Fogg** Ford Falcon BA Auckland 269 14. Craig Boote Ford Falcon BA Nelson 386 15. Michael Wallace Holden Commodore VY Dunedin 384 16. Nick Ross Holden Commodore Cambridge 357 17. Kevin Williams Holden Commodore VY Auckland 305 18. Brady Kennett Ford Falcon Palmerston North 290 19. Jared Carlyle Ford Falcon Mt Maunganui 287 20. Andrew Fawcet Ford Falcon BA Wellington 283
**Caltex Racing Ford BA Falcon