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BNT V8s: John Hepburn Manfeild Park Sunday report

GOOD SPEED FOR HEPBURN Timaru driver John Hepburn again showed speed as he continued his good progress in the BNT V8s at Round 5 of the championship at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend. What he does lack right now though is that ounce of...

GOOD SPEED FOR HEPBURN

Timaru driver John Hepburn again showed speed as he continued his good progress in the BNT V8s at Round 5 of the championship at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend.

What he does lack right now though is that ounce of luck to convert good drives into consistent points.

The Manfeild round was a perfect example. Hepburn had a difficult start to the weekend in his Classic Hits Timaru Commodore, overcoming problems in testing and qualifying to come back strongly to record his best result of the round in Sundays second race. Then, poised for another good result in the final race, a puncture dropped him down the order.

However the weekend was far from negative for the former motorcycle and truck racing champion.

"We had good car speed and we learnt more. All we need right now is a bit more luck but I would still describe it as a good weekend," said Hepburn after racing concluded.

Hepburn had lost a significant amount of time in Saturdays test sessions due to fuel pump problems. "I lost a session and a bit. The problem has been ongoing." However with a new fuel pump the problem was rectified.

The time lost in testing cost John in qualifying and he eventually placed the Classic Hits Timaru Commodore 18th on the grid for the opening race of the round on Sunday morning. Brake problems surfaced in that race over 12 laps leaving John 17th but he came back well with a strong drive through to 13th position in race two. Despite the forward progress in race two there was still plenty going on in the cockpit for Hepburn to deal with. "I still had brake problems in the early part of the race but after the safety car period I turned the water on to cool the brakes and they came back." However at about the same time the rear sway bar broke on the car making it very "taily" and difficult to drive.

The Classic Hits Timaru Commodore was well placed on the grid for the final, 22 lap race, and Hepburn was running strongly in sixth place when the puncture struck. "For two laps the car was pulling to the left," said John. He brought the car into the pits with a flat left front tyre and resumed at the rear of the field, one lap behind.

Once back on track he again showed good speed, hustling the Classic Hits Timaru Commodore along to record some impressive lap times on his way to the chequered flag.

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

John Hepburn's campaign in the BNT V8s Championship is supported by Classic Hits Timaru, Timaru Metal Recyclers, Timaru Signs & Graphix, Paul Smith Earthmoving, Petrie Mayman Clark, Robinsons Auto Dismantlers, Blastcraft, Auto Gas, Scarlett Hydraulics, Pit Stop Otahuhu, Barchetta Pleasurecraft, Ashley Electronics, The Front Store, Pope Print, Shaun Breen Plumbing and Power Farming.

-source: hohn hepburn

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Series V8S
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