Reigning champion Richard ‘Danger’ Moore is in control of the 2017-2018 PORTERGROUP V8 championship title chase with one round to go, but isn’t across the line yet with three races remaining at the Pukekohe finale at the end of March.
Two wins at the most recent round at Hampton Downs extended the Mitre 10 Trade Racing driver’s lead out to 44 points, and it is former champion Paul ‘Auto’ Manuell now back up to second place in the chase after a win and two solid finishes in his rebuilt Super Freight Partmaster Holden.
With little set up or any testing time, Manuell put the Holden on pole for the first race of the weekend and was a force all weekend, and although he had a nightmare Manfeild round, is now back in the hunt should any wheels fall off the Moore wagon.
Glen ‘Coyote’ Collinson was in a solid second place heading into Hampton Downs, but had a nightmare weekend being tipped out of contention on Saturday and then involved in the huge Brett Rudd crash in the second race on Sunday morning, which resulted in massive damage to the DNA Paints Ford Falcon FG and an end to his weekend – and effectively his championship chances.
The team have been working hard since the incident to rebuild the Ford, and it is hoped they could be back on the grid as soon as the final round at Pukekohe – a remarkable achievement from all involved at Panorama Motorsport.
Collinson’s misfortune – and a run of good results – have promoted Andrew ‘Hireman’ Porter to a third place overall in his first full season of V8 ute racing, , a remarkable achievement for the versatile, fast and experienced racer, who also just happens to be the series sponsor. He won his first race at Manfeild and has been a consistent point scorer, blending speed with good race craft. a remarkable achievement for the versatile, fast and experienced
racer, who also just happens to be the series sponsor. He won his first race at Manfeild and has been a consistent point scorer, blending speed with good race craft.