KNIGHT STEPS UP TO THE PODIUM Andy Knight of Christchurch ended the season in fine style with second place overall at the BNT V8s Trophy Race at the Hamilton 400 this weekend. "It was a good finish to the season," said Andy after the final...
KNIGHT STEPS UP TO THE PODIUM
Andy Knight of Christchurch ended the season in fine style with second place overall at the BNT V8s Trophy Race at the Hamilton 400 this weekend.
"It was a good finish to the season," said Andy after the final race. We've improved further and made a big leap."
Knight has had a top season in his Radio Live Falcon as he has contested the BNT V8s Championship in which he has become one of the most consistent drivers in the series. The Hamilton event was a non-championship one but Knight continued his form with another eyecatching performance on the testing 3.4 kilometre Hamilton Street circuit in front of a huge crowd.
Qualifying on Friday saw Knight set the fifth fastest time although he later admitted he was a "bit disappointed" with that. "We had a bit more pace but that was just the way it worked out."
Andy made a great start to the opening race of the weekend on Saturday, charging into third place at the first corner of the race. After dropping back one place through the middle stages of the race he regained a position near the end to start the weekend in the best possible fashion with third place.
The second race took place on Sunday morning with Knight third on the grid. At the start Andrew Anderson managed to get in front of the Radio Live Falcon and Knight was caught behind him for several laps. Once past Anderson's Commodore Knight picked up a puncture which forced him to have to stave off fellow Christchurch driver Eddie Bell over the closing laps. However as Andy battled with the tyre problem Bell just pipped him by less than half a second at the line, leaving Andy fourth.
The final race saw a controversial accident at the first corner of the race which Andy managed to avoid, emerging in second place. However the safety car was deployed while the carnage was cleared. Once the race resumed Andy spent the entire race comfortably in second place, crossing the line behind two-time NZV8 champion John McIntyre.
Three top results - a second, third and fourth - gave Knight enough points to place second overall for the weekend, ending a great season in style.
Andy Knight is supported by Radio Live, Milwaukee Power Tools, John Jones Steel, Century Yuasa and the Latimer Hotel.
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