Feilding Herald : April 26th 2012
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But how fast the seven-litre specials will ultimately be on the circuit both like to call home'' is already a subject of good-natured debate between Ford Falcon racer John McIntyre and Holden Commo- dore rival Greg Murphy. Assuming perfect conditions for the meeting, Johnny Mac'' believes the field will be running at up to 250 kilometres an hour along the front straight. Murph'' contends they will be slower -- but only slightly. Maybe more like 240 to 245kmh.'' Not much of a difference? Remem- ber, this is a sport in which every kmh counts The Hawke's Bay-born racers, who each achieved a break into high-level motor-racing by winning categories in different years of a Manfeild-based motorsport scholar- ship as youngsters in the 1990s, agree whatever the top seed is, it'll be the quickest fans have ever seen from an Aussie V8 tintop. They'll be faster than any other touring car that's ever been around there. I'd say you'll see the lap times [over NZV8]) drop by four seconds, if not more,'' said Murphy. McIntyre agrees lap times of one minute and seven or eight seconds -- the pace previously the preserve of the pace-setting Porsche GT3 series and just a heartbeat off the opti- mum achieved by the circuit- dominant Toyota Racing Series single-seaters -- will be probable. It's a whole new game from the NZV8s that I've been used to. Faster everywhere, basically -- not just down the straights but also around the corners. My NZV8 was basically flat out at 208kmh, so it gives you some idea of how different these cars are.'' More than just the bellowing power of the 420kW engine makes the category special, McIntyre says. The SuperTourers set a new level of excellence for chassis design, aero- dynamics and braking. The tyres and engine were developed to sur- vive the world's toughest endurance car race, the Le Mans 24 Hour. Both men can speak with obvious authority about the respective categories the SuperTourers are being measured against. McIntyre came out of the production-based NZV8s with three championships and 60 victories while Murphy is a legend of Australian V8 Supercars, his achievements including four Bathurst 1000 victories. Murphy says his Mike Pero-M3 Racing Commodore SuperTourer doesn't really bear comparison to the Holden Supercar he raced at Hamilton last weekend and will again at Perth, Australia, a week after the Manfeild race. They are actually quite different and that's purely just because of the platform. The SuperTourers are a stiffer car, so there's less pitch and roll and they don't feel as big as they are.'' He can't wait to get to Manfeild to rejoin the action after a lay-off due to a minor back injury. I'm really looking forward to it. I feel good and am keen to go racing again. Manfeild is special because it's the place where it all began for me. It's been 12 or 13 years since I put in a proper race lap there but I've always enjoyed the track.'' His dual commitment to the New Zealand and Australian categories made this his busiest year in motorsport. But it has been fantastic. I'm having a ball.'' McIntyre is also itching to get going. Manfeild is the place I first watched racing and first raced myself aged 13, some 22 years ago. I love racing at Manfeild because the circuit is so busy and different to most of our flat New Zealand tracks.'' Being series leader will give no respite. The competition is very fierce, he says. We will look to try and extend our lead, of course. The whole team has a spring in its step.'' But the great thing about Super- Tourers is that, thanks to the equiv- alence formula, they're all within a gnat's whisker. We will see the cars at their very best -- lots of pace and tons of close racing. Manfeild is very fast and those banked corners will definitely have an effect but so will the bumps going into the corners . . .'' The grip and dynamics gave drivers huge confidence. You'll definitely be seeing cars running two abreast around the corners.'' Other drivers are just as eager to run in the Manawatu. Anthony Ant'' Pedersen who spent four years studying at Massey said returning with the V8 Super- Tourers is exciting. I'll be pushing hard to get some points back on the three guys in front. The Manawatu crowd really get into it -- they're certainly in for a treat.'' Richard Moore is another one counting down the sleeps. The Skinny team are looking for- ward to round three. After a fantas- tic qualifying result at Ruapuna and showing some impressive pace, we are really excited. Manfeild is a fan- tastic circuit.'' Rising teen ace Scott McLaughlin is hoping to make up for a frustrat- ing time at Ruapuna. Manfeild's one of my favourite circuits so I really hope it treats me better.''
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