Bargwanna extends lead despite woes
He may not have looked like a winner but Australian Jason Bargwanna doubled his advantage to two points over Hamilton's Martin Short after the second round of the New Zealand V8 Championship at Timaru's International Motor Raceway.
Short, 21, easily won the feature race yesterday, thanks to a slicker tyre pitstop earned him the win in the 20-lap race after Bargwanna stalled his car after a slow pit-lane exchange to begin with.
Short, Bargwanna and Nick Ross of Cambridge are all driving the new generation V8 TLX cars.
Bargwanna and Ross had an early battle and then chose to pit at the same time, while Short chose to carry on with fresh air in front of him.
The move paid off and Short was never headed. The vastly experienced Bargwanna had one of his tyres billowing smoke in the latter stages of the race, which meant he had to crawl his Holden over the start/finish line to collect points.
However, Bargwanna won the opening two contests by less than a second to consolidate his advantage over Short.
The young Kiwi driver said he was happy with his weekend.
"We were struggling at the beginning of the weekend in trying to get the balance of the car right," he said. "The team did a great job getting the car up on the speed and we just missed out on pole by two-tenths of a second.
"It was great to battle Jason, and while Nick had some car troubles early, he really raced well [in the last race].
"We had a great pitstop, I kept my head down, my team told me I had a good lead and I tried not to do anything silly."
With the next round in Manfield on February 8, Short said he wanted to spend time getting used to his Toyota Camry, so he could make it go faster and hopefully gain an edge on Bargwanna.
Turua's AJ Lauder won his second straight round in the Old V8 TL class. He was consistently on the podium and now leads Auckland's Shaun Varney by 38 points.
- The Timaru Herald