Booth flies the flag with eighth at Pukekohe
Tasman Motorsport has debuted in the NZ V8 Championship as the leading Holden team after a difficult opening round at Pukekohe on the weekend.
Driver Andy Booth was the only Holden Commodore driver to finish in the top 10 for the round, taking the #3 machine to eighth overall after three busy races.
The Aucklander qualified 11th, just 0.9 seconds off pole position and finished 23rd in the opening race after a drive through penalty for contact with Aussie Cameron McLean's Falcon.
He finished 10th in the second race before putting the Tasman Commodore into third spot in the final reverse grid event over 20 laps.
"I copped the first drive through penalty of the new season in race one, not an award I wanted to win!" said Booth,
"Cameron had been a little slow into turn one and another car in front of me had got past him and I tried to follow it through. But Cameron came back on line and spun across my car.
"It was a bit of a racing incident but I knew there would be a dark flag waiting for me next time around unfortunately.
"The grid for the second race is determined by fastest lap times from race one so it was a pretty uneventful race and I finished about where I started, with the final race grid set by the combined results from the first two races - with the twist of a full reverse grid!
"That put us 14th on the grid and we stuck to our pre-race plan of looking after the tyres for the full 20 laps, because we'd been having a lack of front end grip in the high speed corners all weekend.
"So we just settled into a plan, kept the tyres alive and, while it wasn't as quick as we had hoped, the car was consistent from lap one to 20."
The next round of the NZ V8 Series will be on November 25/26 at Ruapuna near Christchurch, the same weekend as the Tasman Motorsport V8 Supercar team will be in Bahrain.
Series points: Besnard 217, McIntyre 174, Fogg 137, Youlden 136, Pedersen 132, D.Perkins 127, Proctor 123, Booth 101.