Fairhurst happy at New Zealand run

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

For­mer world and British BRISCA F1 cham­pion Lee Fairhurst says he is sat­is­fied with the progress made in New Zealand after his first event, de­spite end­ing up with a non-fin­ish in the three-race 248 Global Chal­lenge at the Arena Manawatu in Palmer­ston North.

He started 16th in the 33-car first heat but got caught up in a first bend pile-up, which put his car on its side. He was able to take the restart and fin­ished 21st. Fairhurst lined-up 33rd for the sec­ond heat but forced his way through to 10th. Fairhurst led the early laps of the fi­nal heat, be­fore drop­ping to sec­ond after a num­ber of yel­low flag stop­pages. His race ended with a flat tyre.

“The car got quicker ev­ery race, with a few changes and some valu­able track time,” said Fairhurst. “I only had four laps of prac­tice be­fore the event, so it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.”

The 26-year-old ar­rived a week ear­lier than the rest of Team GB Rac­ing, prior to the Su­per­stock Teams Cham­pi­onships on Fe­bru­ary 4/5. The re­main­der of the British team mem­bers will be Frankie Wain­man Jr, John Dow­son, Bobby Grif­fin and Ben Hur­d­man.

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