BREAKTHROUGH WIN FOR CALTEX RACING TEAM AT TIMARU The Caltex Racing team scored a breakthrough win at the fourth round of the 2005/06 Parker ENZED NZ V8s Championship at the Timaru International Motor Raceway today. Fastest qualifier and...
BREAKTHROUGH WIN FOR CALTEX RACING TEAM AT TIMARU
The Caltex Racing team scored a breakthrough win at the fourth round of the 2005/06 Parker ENZED NZ V8s Championship at the Timaru International Motor Raceway today.
Fastest qualifier and race one winner Angus Fogg was the overall round winner and teammate Paul Pedersen won the final race. The result has given both a further boost in the championship points standings, with Fogg up to third from sixth and Pedersen up to eighth from 10th.
Saturday's pole was Caltex Star Mart driver Fogg's third in four rounds and his lights-to-flag win in the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon was his second in as many rounds.
Fogg also looked like a likely winner of the second weekend race, starting from pole position, but it was quickly red-flagged after an accident involving Adam Brook and Inky Tulloch and on the re-start it was championship points leader Kayne Scott who got to the first corner first and led home Fogg, Mark Pedersen and Luke Youlden.
With grid positions for the top eight points scorers in the first and second race reversed for the third race it was the turn of Paul Pedersen in the Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon to take the limelight, leading from start to finish, though Fogg sealed his first round win by entertaining the large and enthusiastic crowd with a spirited drive from eighth at the lights to a fast-closing fourth at the flag.
Reflecting on the round win Fogg paid tribute to Caltex and the hard-working members of his International Motorsport team.
"Really, the cars have been fast right from the word go this season but the dice just hasn't rolled our way. That started to change last weekend (when Fogg claimed his second pole position of the season and won his first race) and this weekend has just been a continuation of that."
Of the re-start in the second race, when Scott got the jump and denied the Caltex Star Mart man a second race win for the weekend, Fogg said;
"I was having big problems seeing the (start) lights today. They're really dim and by the time I saw them change Kayne had got the jump on me. At any other circuit it might have been OK but because of the unusual first corner configuration here (a stop-start right-left combination) he was able to get up alongside me and muscle his way through."
And Fogg's spirited charge through the field in the third race?
" I got a really good start then nearly ran off the circuit up at the top end and a couple of guys got me. I was able to work my way back from that but then it took a couple of laps to get past Mark (Pedersen).
Pedersen (no relation to Fogg's Caltex Racing teammate Paul Pedersen) defended stoutly until his rear tyres cried enough, giving Fogg a big scare with a lurid half lose on the 12th lap then eventually slipping off the circuit and letting Fogg through two laps later.
Fogg: " I could see his rear tyres were gone because his car was getting really tailey and it was certainly a big worry when he lost it the first time. I thought he was going to collect me."
Winning the third race was the perfect tonic for Caltex Havoline driver Paul Pedersen, after an initially frustrating weekend trying to drive round what turned out to be a carburettor problem.
Pedersen shadowed Fogg in testing on Friday morning but the carb problem kicked in (causing fuel starvation off the Timaru circuit's higher speed turns) during the second test session in the afternoon and was not finally diagnosed and fixed until Saturday evening.
A slowly deflating rear tyre saw Pedersen slip to 15th place at the line in the first race on Saturday afternoon and it took him all 18 laps of the first Sunday race to work his way forward to salvage seventh.
It was a typically stirring Paul Pedersen performance, one rewarded - because of the reverse top eight grid format - with pole position for the third and final race.
Pedersen then took undisguised delight in leading from start to finish, withstanding intense pressure early on from John McIntyre and eventually crossing the finishing line just under half a second in front of McIntyre.
"I was definitely going to win that one," the former New Zealand V8 Touring Car and TraNZam champion said. " We set the car up with tyre pressures which would kick in after 6 or 8 laps and that's exactly what happened."
The win was the first for Pedersen in more than a year and it was definitely one to savour.
The 2005/06 Parker ENZED NZ V8s championship now returns to the North Island with Feilding's Manfeild Autocourse hosting the fifth round of seven over the February 18/19 weekend.