WIN PUTS BESNARD BACK IN THE HUNT FOR NZV8 CHAMPIONSHIP
Gold Coast driver David Besnard has rocketed back into contention for the NZV8 Championship courtesy of an impressive victory in last weekend's penultimate round of the championship at Invercargill.
After finishing fifth during the opening race in Saturday aboard his Hydraulink Falcon Besnard crossed the line second in yesterday morning's 16-lap journey.
His natural talent then shone through during the final 20-lap, full reverse grid, race. Besnard started from near the back of the field in position 24 before slicing his way towards the front of the pack and across the line 1.5 seconds clear of his nearest rival margin.
The resulting round win moves Besnard to third in the standings -- 80 points off the lead.
"It was an awesome race -- that was more like it and I've missed it. I love coming through the traffic like that and provided you can stay out of trouble it's an easy way to get championship points," said Besnard.
"It's not easy to come through the field like that, but it's also not impossible is it? So now we've got the points to put us back in to contention for the final round back at Pukekohe -- somewhere I know.
"It's good for me and for the team. It's a shame we couldn't do the same last weekend but it closes up the championship for us. Now we just have to repeat our previous winning performance at Pukekohe."
With double drive duties, Besnard wasn't able to collect his prized winning trophy -- instead he was back on the race grid for the start of the New Zealand Grand Prix in the Hydraulink-backed Toyota Racing Series car.
His hopes of securing dual victories were dashed when mechanical ailments started to affect the performance of his Toyota Racing Series car.
First it was an engine misfire that was costing him time in two key right-hand corners before he suddenly became a passenger as a crucial front suspension bolt broke.
"I was biding my time and everything was running sweet when I went to brake and the car took off towards the wall. Aside from trying to keep it together, it wasn't obvious as to what happened -- it just took me for a ride," said Besnard.
Able to get back on to the track without losing too many positions, Besnard pitted for the team to find camber shims had fallen out when a bolt sheared.
"It was tough with a one-off like this -- especially in a lease car you don't know anything about -- you just don't know what sort of package you're getting. At the end of the race I was pushing hard to keep my concentration," added Besnard.
Besnard was classified 15th for the race.
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