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NZ Utes: John Hepburn Pukekohe Park summary

HEPBURN LAMENTS A LACK OF POWER A lack of power frustrated Timaru driver John Hepburn during Round 1 of the BNT V8s Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend. Hepburn was pleased with the corner speed of the John Hepburn ...

HEPBURN LAMENTS A LACK OF POWER

A lack of power frustrated Timaru driver John Hepburn during Round 1 of the BNT V8s Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend.

Hepburn was pleased with the corner speed of the John Hepburn Racing Commodore saying the car was faster in that area than in previous years. However the engine was a different matter, Hepburn describing it as a "slug" as the telemetry showed he was losing up to 13 kilometres per hour down the straights at the fast 2.8 kilometre South Auckland circuit.

A lack of power is essential at the circuit which consists of two long, fast straights. This was never better demonstrated than in the final race, a reverse grid event. From a favourable grid position Johnny and the John Hepburn Racing Commodore were quickly hauled in by those behind as the car struggled with its power deficit.

Earlier in the weekend a broken pinion had lost Johnny valuable practice time but unfortunately there was no quick fix for the engine woes and the team was left to soldier on and gather as many points as possible from the three races.

That approach saw the former motorcycle and super truck champion make good inroads as he pressed on despite his disadvantage salvaging 14th place in the opening race of the weekend. The second race was spoiled when he was tapped from behind necessitating a pitstop, nineteenth place the eventual result. Fourteenth place was his lot in the final race also but the speed differential in a straight line was clearly evident as Hepburn pressed on for points.

The next race outing for Hepburn will be at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna in Christchurch from 26-28 November - Round 2 of the championship.

-source: Johnny Hepburn Racing

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