Fo­cus on next sea­son


Cam­bridge V8 driver Nick Ross has fin­ished sixth over­all in the 2016/17 BNT NZ Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing the fi­nal round held at Hamp­ton Downs over the week­end.

Ross qual­i­fied his To­tal Lubri­cants Nis­san Al­tima in fourth po­si­tion, and went on to fin­ish third in the first race of the week­end.

Race two of the week­end saw Ross also start from fourth po­si­tion on the grid, where he led for all of the race un­til a dra­matic last lap in­ci­dent with fel­low com­peti­tor Si­mon Evans.

The en­gine in the To­tal Lubri­cants Nis­san Al­tima had been cut­ting out dur­ing the race, al­low­ing Evans to stay right on the rear bumper of Ross.

The en­gine cut out into turn one on the fi­nal lap due to a faulty sen­sor caus­ing Evans to collide with Ross, send­ing the Holden Com­modore of Evans sky­ward in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately af­ter the hit the com­puter shut the en­gine down which was a shame be­cause I was con­fi­dent I could have held on for the win in that one,’’ said Ross.

In the third race of the week­end weather con­di­tions were change­able.

An­other col­li­sion with some slower com­peti­tors caused Ross to spin, and even­tu­ally was clas­si­fied in 12th po­si­tion af­ter dam­age slowed the car.

Ross said the team would com­pletely strip car and re­build it to make it ‘‘more re­li­able so we can fight for the cham­pi­onship from the start’’ next sea­son.

Nick Ross, the TO­TAL Lubri­cants Nis­san Al­tima and Con­cept Mo­tor­sport will again be sup­ported this sea­son by TO­TAL Lubri­cants, Jim Wright Nis­san, RYCO 24•7, C&R De­vel­op­ments, Team Wino, Auto Trail Ltd, 82C, Cam­bridge Hire Cen­tre and Tyre Traders.

-Freddy Foote

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