Kiwi-Australian rivalry may flare up again this weekend when the BNT New Zealand V8′s 2011/12 season begins at Pukekohe.
Veteran Aussie V8 Supercar driver Jason Bargwanna, a former Bathurst winner, is seen as one of the favourites for this summer’s title series especially after going very fast in the Tulloch Motorsport Falcon in pre-season testing.
“The NZ V8s championship is the pinnacle of New Zealand motorsport and we’re here to win it,” Bargwanna said. “It’s tough racing and I love it!”
Bargwanna made his debut in the championship last season and became a race-winner after he got the hang of the Kiwi V8s and helped his team develop their car.
While other Australian V8 Supercar drivers like David Besnard and Luke Youlden have contested the series in the past, none has managed to win it yet.
Kiwi aces Angus Fogg, Tim Edgell and Paul Manuell all see “Bargs”, as he is usually known, as a major threat but also fancy their own chances.
Hard-charging Fogg has come close to winning the championship in the past and feels this could well be his season. (more…)