TOP SIX FOR FOGG BUT PEDERSEN OUT IN TURN ONE INCIDENT There was good news and bad news for the Caltex Racing New Zealand V8 Touring Car team in the first race at the final round of the 2004/05 Parker ENZED championship at Pukekohe's Pukekohe...
TOP SIX FOR FOGG BUT PEDERSEN OUT IN TURN ONE INCIDENT
There was good news and bad news for the Caltex Racing New Zealand V8 Touring Car team in the first race at the final round of the 2004/05 Parker ENZED championship at Pukekohe's Pukekohe Park Raceway today.
The good news was that Caltex Vortex driver Angus Fogg set the fifth fastest lap time in the morning qualifying session and finished the afternoon's eight lap race in sixth place after a race-long duel with championship leader Wade Henshaw.
The bad news was the multi-car pileup at the start of the race which eliminated six cars including Pedersen's Caltex Havoline #96 car.
Despite struggling with a fuel starvation problem in qualifying, Pedersen set the eighth fastest time in the morning qualifying session and started the rolling start 12 lap race from the fourth row of the grid beside championship leader Wade Henshaw.
The cars in front of Pedersen and Henshaw managed to get into and through the high speed first turn unscathed but all hell broke loose behind Pedersen and the Caltex Havoline driver was a passenger as his #96 car was hit from the right hand side and sent at high speed into the armco barrier on the outside of the corner.
Pedersen emerged shaken but otherwise unhurt but his car sustained heavy damage and early indications are that it is unlikely to be able to be repaired in time for tomorrow's two Parker ENZED Championship races.
It was an unfortunate and unnecessary end for former series champ Pedersen and his car, with both Caltex Racing Ford Falcons on the pace from the minute they were unloaded from the transporter.
Fogg set the third fastest lap time in practice on Friday with Pedersen in 12th, then after changes to the cars before qualifying Fogg was fifth fastest and Pedersen eighth.
Fogg remains upbeat about his car saying that though he didn't get it 100% in qualifying the speed is definitely there.
"We missed the green lap window (in terms of the tyres' ideal temperature), mainly due to traffic but fifth was not a bad effort considering. The car wasn't 100%, but it was probably 90, and I was reasonably happy.
There are two more Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car races on the programme this weekend, the first due to start at 1.20 pm, the second at 3.20pm.
<pre> 2004/05 Parker ENZED New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championship Rnd 7 (Final) Pukekohe Park Raceway Pukekohe New Zealand April 15/16/17 2005
Qualifying 1. Kayne Scott Hamilton Holden Commodore 1:01.028 2. Andy Booth Auckland Holden Commodore 1:01.070 3. John McIntyre Auckland Ford Falcon 1:01.124 4. Mark Pedersen Auckland Ford Falcon 1:01.187 5. Angus Fogg * Auckland Ford Falcon 1:01.237 6. Paul Manuell Auckland Holden Commodore 1:01.352 7. Wade Henshaw Christchurch Holden Commodore 1:01.389 8. Paul Pedersen * Rotorua Ford Falcon 1:01.496 9. Dean Perkins Pukekohe Ford Falcon 1:01.558 10. Cameron McLean Australia Ford Falcon 1:01.646 11. Andrew Fawcett Wellington Ford Falcon 1:01.774 12. Andrew Anderson Auckland Holden Commodore 1:01.881 13. Jared Carlyle Mt Maunganui Ford Falcon 1:01.971 14. Shane Drake Auckland Ford Falcon 1:02.024 15. Michael Thom Auckland Holden Commodore 1:02.145 16. Brady Kennett Palmerston North Ford Falcon 1:02.201 17. Haydn Mackenzie Auckland Ford Falcon 1:02.270 18. Clark Proctor Auckland Ford Falcon 1:02.341 19. Adam Brook Christchurch Ford Falcon 1:02.455 20. Daynom Templeman Auckland Ford Falcon 1:02.667
Race 1 1. Booth 8.20.640 2. Scott +1.262 3. McIntyre +1.401 4. M. Pedersen +1.808 5. Manuell +3.135 6. Fogg* +3.565 7. Henshaw +4.768 8. Perkins +6.184 9. Fawcett +8.849 10. Anderson +9.149 11. Drake +10.467 12. Thom +11.889 13. McLean +13.070 14. Kennett +17.020 15. Mackenzie +17.264 16. Brook +17.421 17. Proctor +18.129 18. Williams +19.103 19. Lambert +20.863 20. Boote +25.372
* Caltex Racing Ford Falcon