BESNARD SET TO TAKE TITLE FIGHT TO THE WIRE

Gold Coast V8 driver David Besnard is set to take the fight for the NZV8 Championship down to the wire during the final round of the championship this weekend at Pukekohe Park Raceway near Auckland.

Besnard, one of Australia's most versatile motor racing drivers, enters this weekend's final round of the New Zealand Championship in third place, 81 points adrift of championship leader John McIntyre.

The Queenslander was leading the championship after the opening two rounds. Besnard also claimed the victory in the penultimate round at Invercargill aboard his Hydraulink Ford Falcon to confirm his title as one of the pacesetters throughout the highly competitive seven round series.

With a total of 225 points up for grabs across this weekend's three races Besnard believes the title is still within reach but he will have to have some luck on his side if he is going to finish up in the number one position.

"My strategy this weekend is simple: don't worry about anyone else and just do what I can do. If I can win the round and it turns out that is enough for me to win the championship then I'll be extremely happy," said Besnard.

"I'm just looking for a good hard clean fight and will just do what I always do and go as fast as I can.

"I came into this championship not really knowing what to expect and for the first two rounds I was leading the championship. We had some bad luck during the middle part of the year but we have put it behind us and we're ready to take the title fight to the wire at Pukekohe this weekend."

The Pukekohe circuit is the only venue which the former V8 Supercar Championship Series round winner had competed at prior to the start of the 2006/07 NZV8 Championship which provides him with extra confidence entering this weekend's final round.

"The championship has been a great experience and has also brought some enjoyment back to my racing as I've raced on some new circuits against some new competitors, all of which I think has kept me sharp," said Besnard.

"I've raced at Pukekohe on a couple of occasions in the Australian V8 Series, which will also be racing this weekend here, and I really enjoy the circuit. It has got a bit of variety in it and is a very fast circuit."

Practice for the final round of the NZV8 Championship will be held on Friday morning followed by qualifying in the afternoon. There is one 12-lap race early Saturday afternoon with Sunday hosting the 16-lap race in the morning and the full-reverse grid 20-lap race late Sunday afternoon.

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