BESNARD GEARED UP FOR TAUPO TUSSLE
Current points leader in the New Zealand V8 Championship, David Besnard, is all geared up for a good showing in front of what is expected to be a huge crowd for this weekend's third round at Taupo on the North Island.
Running alongside the country's inaugural round of the A1 Grand Prix this weekend's event is predicted to attract one of the largest crowds in the history of the NZ V8 Championship.
Besnard dominated the opening round of the Series at Pukekohe aboard his Hydraulink Falcon last November. In the second round he showed his best fighting qualities to come back from mechanical dramas, twice being spun out by opposing cars and a meeting-ending rain deluge to maintain his championship lead.
After setting the second fastest time during practice today the Queenslander is confident of extending his points lead this weekend.
"I'm very excited to be racing in front of such a large crowd and confident I can be at the sharp end of the field. I think the atmosphere will be amazing with so many people coming out to be a part of the first A1 Grand Prix race in New Zealand,"said Besnard.
"We had a few dramas during today's two sessions with an oil leak and power steering problem which hampered things but it was good to know we were right on the pace. I only got about three or four flying laps in each session but it was good enough to set the second fastest time behind John McIntyre, who is second in the championship standings.
"They have made some slight changes to the track to accommodate for the A1 event which probably helps me a bit considering everyone will be learning a new part of the track for the first time."
Qualifying will be contested tomorrow with the opening 12-lap journey being contested on Saturday. Sunday will be highlighted by a 16-lap race in the morning followed by a 20-lap, reverse-grid, feature race in the afternoon.