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PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:00 13/02/2013

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Palmerston North driver Matthew Lockwood will be behind the wheel of a Commodore V8 SuperTourer at Hampton Downs at the weekend.

But to get a drive in Sunday's racing, he will have to hope Christchurch driver Scott McLaughlin misses his airline flight.

Lockwood will be doing Friday's opening-round testing and Saturday's practice because McLaughlin is committed to the V8 Supercars test day in Sydney and won't fly in to Auckland until Saturday night.

Last year Lockwood had links with Tasman Motorsport but this summer he is with Supercheap Auto Racing.

He will be under pressure in his two days at Hampton Downs.

"Scott is the defending champion; he won the SuperTourers championship last year."

And the last time McLaughlin was at Hampton Downs, he set a track record and secured pole position.

Lockwood is hoping to drive in the three enduro rounds with McLaughlin later in the year.

Lockwood drove a V8 in the Challenge Cup series but he is not a total stranger to the top marque after spending a full day in Craig Baird's SuperTourer last year.

"There is a lot more power, bigger brakes, a sequential gearbox instead of 4-speed and they turn unbelievably well," Lockwood said.

He doesn't have a fulltime drive, and as for the Challenge Cup, where he won four of the five rounds last year, he said he has "been there, done that".

"If you don't have $250,000 to $300,000 up your sleeve, you're not going to be a fulltime SuperTourer driver.

"A fulltime drive in 2014 is my absolute goal."

Meanwhile, he will drive his former Craig Baird V8 in the support class at the V8 Supercars round at Pukekohe in April.

Former Manawatu karter and Bunnythorpe 16-year-old Josh Drysdale will be driving in the opening round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup at Hampton Downs at the weekend.

He won the $35,000 Suzuki scholarship.

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- Manawatu Standard

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