Things didn’t go to plan for three-time NZ V8 Touring Car champion, John McIntyre during his first shot at the North Island Endurance Series at Pukekohe Raceway on the weekend.
Partnered with endurance veteran Mike Eady, the V8-powered BMW M3 race car McIntyre was driving experienced a collapsed left-rear shock absorber. This meant the racing day unfortunately finished early for McIntyre and Eady. There are positives with the team qualifying well and running as high as fourth position in the 22-car field when the issue became too much of a hindrance to continue racing safely.
“We were reaching speeds of 265km/h and at that pace you need to have every confidence in your equipment. Unfortunately the car was becoming too much of a handful and we had to make the disappointing call to retire,” said Mike Eady.
“It’s the first time in my career I’ve had a shock absorber fail and it’s the first time this car hasn’t finished a race. It’s frustrating as we were well positioned and had an excellent fuel strategy in play which could have seen us finish on the podium.”
A replacement part has been ordered and the BMW M3 will be ready to compete at the next round of the championship at Taupo on June 11, which will see Eady reunite with his 2010 co-driver, Kevin Bell, for the four hour race.