Aukland: Team Betta race two and three notes

Team Betta Electrical pushing for opportunities at Pukekohe. Warm up for Team Betta Electrical got off to a flying start on day three of the Boost Mobile V8 International Round 12 of the series. Wilson and Longhurst posted 6th and 7th fastest ...

Team Betta Electrical pushing for opportunities at Pukekohe.

Warm up for Team Betta Electrical got off to a flying start on day three of the Boost Mobile V8 International Round 12 of the series. Wilson and Longhurst posted 6th and 7th fastest times in the initial warm up session, and looked set to be well placed in the leading bunch for Race Two.

RACE TWO:

The two Team Betta Electrical AU Falcon V8 Supercars took their positions on the grid in 11th and 14th position as they had finished Race one yesterday. The race started at a blistering pace with Wilson in Car 65 dropping 7 places by lap12 and Longhurst in Car 66 dropping back to 28th position, after a lengthy pit stop.

The team ran into a problem with the change of the left front wheel. This placed him well back in the field with the job ahead of him.

Lap 21 saw the safety car emerge onto the circuit after Cameron McConville in the VIP pet foods entry lost a rear wheel.

By this stage, Wilson in Car 65 managed to claw his way back into 9th position while Longhurst managed to climb back into 20th position.

The race recommenced again in earnest on lap 25 with Greg Murphy in the lead. By lap 27 Longhurst had made up another four positions and was sitting in 16th position overall. With Wilson maintaining 10th position and looking positive for a top ten finish. Lap 31 still had Wilson in 10th position with Longhurst gaining another 3 positions to settle into 13th position.

An exceptional achievement for Longhurst, effectively making up 15 positions in 20 laps.

Lap 52 just 2 laps from the finish saw Wilson go too deep under brakes into the corner and spear off the circuit, regaining the field in 16th position, where he finished the race. Longhurst crept up a position and finished 10th overall a commendable effort.

RACE THREE:

A clean start to race 3, with Murphy in the lead. Team Betta Electrical cars 65 and 66 heading down the straight both got away to a good start in what was to be an exciting, incident packed race which thrilled all present at Pukekohe Park in the final race today.

The pace car was needed 4 times in the 54-lap race.

Tony Longhurst, driving Car 66 and Max Wilson driving Car 65 managed to avoid the carnage many others faced. Tony Longhurst had his pit stop in lap 4 followed by Max Wilson in car 65 who pitted for the mandatory tyre change in lap 10.

Both Team Betta Electrical drivers showed great talent during the race.

Max Wilson managed to make it up to position 4 by lap 38. He maintained this position until lap 49 when he appeared to suffer interference from car 11 of Larry Perkins; this incident is currently under discussion by the stewards and could change the outcome of placing once their findings are known. The incident sent Wilson spearing off into the grass. He dropped two places and rejoined the field in 11th position. Then improving his position by 2 placing's, finishing the race in 9th position.

Longhurst experienced three punctures during the race costing him valuable time in the pits.

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