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BNT V8s: Andy Knight Manfeild Park Sunday report

ANOTHER GOOD ROUND FOR KNIGHT Andy Knight of Christchurch kept up his impressive momentum in the BNT V8s Championship during Round 5 of the series at Manfeild Park in Feilding this weekend Knight has been a consistent frontrunner ...

ANOTHER GOOD ROUND FOR KNIGHT

Andy Knight of Christchurch kept up his impressive momentum in the BNT V8s Championship during Round 5 of the series at Manfeild Park in Feilding this weekend

Knight has been a consistent frontrunner throughout this years championship and again this weekend he shone as he produced three classy drives. The 23-year-old, in just his second season in the class, finished fifth overall in his Radio Live Falcon after scoring two fifth placings plus a sixth in the reverse grid race.

Once again Andy was right in the thick of the action setting the 4th best time in the first segment of qualifying and then recording the 7th fastest time in the second session. The next step in the qualifying process is the top ten shootout where the ten fastest drivers have a single lap to establish a time for grid positions for the first race of the weekend. However as rain swept across the circuit officials chose to cancel the shootout.

Therefore without a chance to shoot for a time the Radio Live Falcon would start from 7th place on the grid in Sunday mornings first race.

Knight started the day with a top drive. He got underway in seventh place and gained a spot early when Angus Fogg went off the circuit. He then became involved in a dice with two-time champion Andy Booth, getting past on lap 4. Knight continued his impressive pace to cross the line 5th behind race winner Tim Edgell, two-time champion Kayne Scott, kiwi international Craig Baird and another two-time V8 champion John McIntyre.

Andy handed in another strong drive in the second race. From fifth on the grid he settled into seventh place early and as the race progressed he began to gain positions, reaching 5th again at the end.

The strong start to the round saw the former New Zealand Grand Prix winner and Toyota Racing Series Champion start the reverse grid race from near the back of the field in the finale over 22 laps. Andy's progress was rapid. He was inside the top ten within seven laps and kept climbing until the chequered flag greeted him in sixth place.

Three top results saw Andy classified fifth overall for the round, maintaining his presence in the top ten at every round of the series to date.

The final round of the championship takes place over the weekend of 20/21 March at the Taupo Motorsport Park

Knights campaign in the 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship is supported by Radio Live, Milwaukee Power Tools, John Jones Steel, Century Yuasa and the Latimer Hotel.

-source: knight motorsport

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Series V8S
Drivers Craig Baird , Kayne Scott , John McIntyre , Andy Booth
Teams Toyota Racing