The 2010/2011 edition of the BNT V8s Championship has had some exciting racing from its beginning last November and as drivers head into the final round at Hamilton next weekend, the title will be decided in what will be a crowd pleasing three-way street fight.
Once again the V8 category will be a major support act to the Australian V8 Supercars contesting the ITM 400 but this year features the final round of New Zealand’s premier motor racing championship rather than a stand-alone trophy outing. Frankly, it would be hard to find a better script with three of the country’s top drivers covered by a mere 44 points with a total of 225 points to be raced for over the weekend.
The driver in the box seat is Auckland’s Angus Fogg (LG / Newstalk ZB Falcon) who has all but led the points table from Round 1 and arrives at Hamilton with a slender lead of just 32 points. The popular “Foggy” has had more than his share of ups and downs but has kept the important points tally ticking over through consistency which has been his main strategy throughout the season.
The man many favour to top the points at the right time – namely at the end of the final race – is Hamilton’s international racing star Craig Baird whose United Video Falcon actually led the points table for a week between Rounds 3 and 4. The master tactician will be stalking Fogg all weekend and with immense international experience in his favour could be the man to watch when the lights go out for Saturday’s opening race.
Never to be discounted but with a tougher task ahead is Nelson driver John McIntyre (Blackwoods Paykels Protector Safety Falcon) who must gain a 44 point advantage to overhaul the leader and a 12 point advantage to tip Baird out of the runner-up spot. Considering his superb performances on street circuits (in BNT V8s and V8 Supercars) together with the fact he has won twice as many races this season as any other driver (six wins to Fogg’s three) it is a target “Johnny Mac” will be well and truly capable of achieving. (more…)