SCOTT STRONG AT MANFEILD Hamilton driver Kayne Scott emerged from one of the most hard fought rounds of the BNT V8s Championship at Manfeild on Sunday in fourth place overall for the round after a strong performance in the Fujitsu...
SCOTT STRONG AT MANFEILD
Hamilton driver Kayne Scott emerged from one of the most hard fought rounds of the BNT V8s Championship at Manfeild on Sunday in fourth place overall for the round after a strong performance in the Fujitsu Falcon.
The defending champion was right in the hunt at the 3.03 kilometre circuit in Feilding, signalling his speed in qualifying and then backing it up with three strong race performances.
Scott and the Fujitsu Falcon demonstrated their potential immediately as they set the fastest time in the first segment of qualifying with all twenty-four cars on the track. In the second part, as the top twenty vied for places in the top ten shootout, Scott recorded the third fastest time. However, the normal qualifying process was then abandoned as rain swept across the circuit. Officials cancelled the shootout that would have given each driver a single timed lap to determine their grid positions for Sundays first race.
While Scott, the champion in 2005/2006 as well as last season, felt he had a car that could have topped the times he supported the decision taken.
Sundays action took place in dry conditions and from his third spot on the grid Scott quickly gained a place in the jockeying for position at the first corner. He and early leader Tim Edgell then ran comfortably ahead of the chasing pack all the way to the flag, Scott opening his account with a second placing.
The second race saw Kayne involved in a superb battle with Craig Baird and John McIntyre in an absorbing race. The 12 lap contest produced a fourth place for Scott and he went into the finale, the traditional reverse grid event with only two cars behind him. In another exciting race Scott, along with arch rivals Baird, McIntyre and race one winner Edgell carved their way through the traffic. At the end the Fujitsu Falcon had gained fifteen places to cross the line in seventh place.
Scott was pleased with the overall result. "We were right in the hunt. Its been a really positive weekend. We had a very, very strong car in qualifying. We took a conservative strategy, chipping away, confident in the knowledge that we had a good car at the previous round in Timaru. We didn't have to wave a magic wand!"
"Race one was good and our battle in race two could have gone any one of four ways. The brakes on the Fujitsu Falcon were sensational."
Looking back at the reverse grid race Scott could see a real irony when compared with last year at the same venue. "I came here last year absolutely committed to charge around the outside and I got punished! I remembered that and this year Johnny (McIntyre) and Craig (Baird) did that and they drove away. You make your own luck. They took a risk and got through. At Pukekohe last year Johnny took a no risk approach in the championship finale and it went our way, " he said referring to his drive to the championship in the final race of the 2008/2009 season.
One round remains in this years series, at Taupo Motorsport Park next month, and Scott is really looking forward to it. "It's a chassis track and we are testing there straight after this round. We've had a good result here and the car has finished the round in perfect order."
Scott is fourth in the championship point standings after Manfeild, well within sight of third place.
The final round of the championship takes place at Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend of 20/21 March.
Kayne Scott's campaign in the 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship is supported by Fujitsu Heat Pumps, Altherm Window Systems, Smeg, Castrol, Trade Tools, CRC and PPG.
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