Recap: BNT V8s Round 5, Championship margin closes

Recap: BNT V8s Round 5, Championship margin closes
February 12, 2018 | 7:24 pm | Author: Braeden Leggett

The BNT V8s returned to the North Island for Round five at Manfield Raceway part of the New Zealand Grand Prix weekend.

Qualifying:

Nick Ross managed to start the weekend off positively by receiving pole in Class one over Andre Heimgartner and Jason Bargwanna. His time 1.08.702 managed to stop Heimgartner’s pole position winning streak.

Brock Timperley topped the timesheets in the second class. His time of 1.14.179 bet the likes of Matt Podursky and Liam Macdonald.

Race 1:

Despite starting the race in second, Heimgartner claimed race victory by passing Ross and holding a comfortable lead in the 12 lapper. Ross would finish in second ahead of young Australian driver Jack Smith.

Heimgartner continues to extent his championship points.

“The car has been faultless throughout the whole year. To come here and be fast again is fantastic, hopefully it continues tomorrow and for the rest of the season,” Heimgartner said.

Brock Timperley managed to convert his pole start to a win holding off Liam Macdonald and Chelsea Herbett.

Race 2:

Nick Ross took the Race two honours over Jack Smith and Andre Heimgartner at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon at Feilding this weekend.

The race finished under the safety car with a few laps remaining because of extreme wet conditions on the race circuit.

“The conditions this weekend were really challenging. Hot conditions, wet conditions, it made it really challenging trying to pick the right set-up for the car. The team has put in a really great effort, pleased how it all panned out.” said Ross.

In Class 2 was again won by Brock Timperley with Chelsea Herbett and Liam Macdonald rounding out the podium.

Race 3:

Australian Jason Bargwanna won the final race of the weekend, while his teammate and points leader Heimgartner suffered from an oil issue with his Toyota Camry, finishing further down the order.

Jack Smith and Lance Hughes would round out the podium respectively.

Brock Timperley scored himself a clean sweep across the weekend with another win in the final race over Liam Macdonald and Matt Podursky.

“Really really stocked,” said Timperley.

“Everyone was on slicks in that last race, it was incredibly wet and greasy.

“We battled with a clutch issue today, but managed to get it home in one piece.”


Nick Ross and Brock Timperley took out the round win in their classes.

With only one round remaining for the 2017-2018 BNT V8s championship, Heimgartner holds a 69-point margin over Bargwanna.

Class 2 championship margin is 12 points between current leader Liam Macdonald and chaser Chelsea Herbett.

The sixth and final round will be held at Hampton Downs, March 10-11.