POWERBUILT RACING TEAM DISPLAY GOOD SPEED Despite the fact that his Powerbuilt Falcon is showing strong form at the Taupo Motorsport Centre, Luke Youlden will start tomorrow's first NZV8s Championship race from the rear of the grid at the...
POWERBUILT RACING TEAM DISPLAY GOOD SPEED
Despite the fact that his Powerbuilt Falcon is showing strong form at the Taupo Motorsport Centre, Luke Youlden will start tomorrow's first NZV8s Championship race from the rear of the grid at the 3.320 kilometre central North Island circuit.
The Powerbuilt Falcon broke a camshaft in one of yesterday's testing sessions necessitating a change of engine, and in accordance with series rules, after two engine changes in the series competitors must start the next race from the rear of the grid for any subsequent change.
Despite knowing that they would be consigned to the back of the field the Powerbuilt Team still participated in qualifying this afternoon. In a hard fought session Youlden recorded the fourth fastest time with a lap of 1 minute 34.906 seconds.
Paul Pedersen was the fastest qualifier in a time of 1 minute 34.559 seconds. He will share the front row for tomorrow's first race with David Besnard who set a best time of 1 minute 34.631 seconds. Defending champion Kayne Scott was third fastest on 1.34.884 while Youlden's time would have been good enough to share the second row of the grid if not for the engine change.
After qualifying Youlden said the team had still contested the qualifying session "to see where we were in the scheme of things." The session was also valuable for collecting data. Despite the setback the Melbourne based driver is still upbeat about the weekend's three races. "We will hang back a little in race one. I think there could be a bit of carnage around here and being at the back of the field might not be such a bad thing. We will try and put in a time to get us a good starting position for race two.
Youlden is also enthusiastic about the pace of the Powerbuilt Falcon. "The car is quite strong, it was there or thereabouts yesterday. During testing yesterday it was extremely slippery so we didn't change the car. We expected the track to grip up and it did.The new engine is the one that suffered an oil leak at the last round," (held at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch). "It's actually probably the better of the two."
The NZV8s competitors have their first race over 12 laps at 12.20pm tomorrow with two further races on Sunday. The first is a 16 lap contest followed by a 20 lap reverse grid event that will be the final race in a huge weekend of motorsport including the A1GP World Cup Of Motorsport at the Taupo Motorsport Centre.