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NZ Utes: Beirne Christchurch preview

BURNERS HOMEWARD BOUND Two hard charging Cantabrians will be right amongst the action when the ENZED V8 Ute Challenge is fought out at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway on the outskirts of Christchurch this weekend. The father and son team of Graham...

BURNERS HOMEWARD BOUND

Two hard charging Cantabrians will be right amongst the action when the ENZED V8 Ute Challenge is fought out at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway on the outskirts of Christchurch this weekend.

The father and son team of Graham and Simon Beirne have been two of the personalities of the V8 Ute series since its inception in 2008. Both have had a huge amount of success, Simon 'Jnr Burner' has a best championship result of second in 2008 and 3rd in the Trans-Tasman Hamilton Challenge this year, while Graham 'Snr Burner' finished third in last years series - at the tender age of 62.

'Jnr Burner' missed most of last years series to concentrate on both family and business but since his return he has been as competitive as ever in his Team McDonald's Falcon. After the opening round of the series at Pukekohe earlier this month he arrives at his home circuit second in the championship. Meanwhile Graham had a rugged weekend at Pukekohe in his John Jones Steel Falcon and will be looking to his hometown track to resurrect his campaign.

"Graham and I have high expectations," said Simon earlier this week. "However time will tell. It is our local track and we have raced here on and off for 20 years so we should have found the right way to go fast and own the track by now! We also have the honed skills of Andy Neale, who is based at the track, guiding our fortunes. However as usual we need a bit of the luck of the gods... which in motorsport you can never have enough of."

The duo are looking forward to racing in front of their home crowd. "McDonald's will have a strong presence at our local track," says Simon. "Bruce Davis owns a number of franchises in the Christchurch region and he is very excited Team McDonald's is coming to town. Many of our partners will be at the track and we are looking forward to a captivating weekend to demonstrate just what the roadshow is like. We hope to put on a good show. There are some very good drivers emerging in this series. Rubbing is racing and as long as it is clean we are looking forward to a fun filled, action packed weekend."

The Holdens in the field have been allowed some changes this weekend as the class looks to keep competition as close as possible between the Holdens and Fords and Simon predicts that will make racing even closer and the individual skill sets of the drivers will start to show.

Qualifying will take place in the cool of the early morning at 9.15am on Saturday. The first race, from a marble draw grid, follows at 2.15pm that afternoon. On Sunday two races will be held. The first over 8 laps will feature a reverse grid of the previous day while the finale over 12 laps at 2.10pm will see a grid based on the points scored to that point of the round.'

In addition to the support of major partners McDonald's and John Jones Steel in conjunction with Simon Beirne Limited, "Integrity in Vehicle Brokering," the team also has support from Bruce Raxworthy Panel & Paint, Chevron Quality Cars - Driving Excellence, Business IT Software Management Systems, Mag & Turbo Warehouse, NZVD Transport, Lets Get Graphic, DJ Hewitt Builders Ltd and Vehicle Safety Systems {VSS} And Compliance.

-source: beirne

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