KNIGHT MAINTAINS IMPRESSIVE PACE Andy Knight of Christchurch maintained his impressive BNT V8s Championship pace at Timaru International Motor Raceway this weekend. Knight has been one of the frontrunners in this years championship in ...
KNIGHT MAINTAINS IMPRESSIVE PACE
Andy Knight of Christchurch maintained his impressive BNT V8s Championship pace at Timaru International Motor Raceway this weekend.
Knight has been one of the frontrunners in this years championship in his Radio Live Falcon. He continued his fine qualifying record on Saturday as he worked his way through the sessions to make the top ten shootout, something he has achieved at every round this season. A good lap saw him place the car fifth on the grid for the start of Sunday's first race.
The opening race was thrown into chaos when rain struck as the cars were forming on the grid. That caused plenty of problems for the field, an accident at the end of the lap bringing out the red flag. Once underway again Andy maintained a strong presence near the front of the field despite the fact he was coping with a sticking throttle, making the difficult conditions even more trying.
Considering the problems he was encountering Andy put in a fine performance to cross the line eighth.
Race two was dry but Knight's run was spoilt at the first corner of the race. The Radio Live Falcon was turned around, the result of a chain reaction. The offending driver was penalised but Knight rejoined well behind the rest of the field. A good drive saw the Radio Live Falcon catching the cars ahead as Knight pushed the car through to sixteenth place. Unfortunately time ran out before he could advance further in the 12-lap race.
Knight was tenth on the grid for the reverse grid finale and as rain returned to the circuit he drove a great first lap to make his way through to fifth place. A safety car period early in the race regrouped the field but Andy soon made inroads after the restart as he gained fourth position. He then became embroiled in a battle with Chris Pither and Andy Booth before eventually crossing the line in 5th place. "We had pace and we were going real well," said Andy later. "We caught Chris and we were faster but he didn't let us through. He did nothing illegal but we couldn't get past. Then Boothy (Andy Booth) caught us up and we ended up fifth."
Andy's pace deserved more points than he ultimately received at Timaru but nevertheless he still climbed one more championship position and the pace is definitely there. "We're getting closer and closer," said the former Toyota Racing Series Champion.
Knight and the Radio Live Falcon will contest Round 5 of the championship at Manfeild Park in Feilding over the weekend of 13/14 February.
Knights campaign in the 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship is supported by Radio Live, Milwaukee Power Tools, John Jones Steel, Century Yuasa and the Latimer Hotel.
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