Angus Fogg wins V8 SuperTourer race
Winning one of Sunday’s three V8 SuperTourer races held at Pukekohe has elevated Riverhead’s Angus Fogg in to the history books as the most recent New Zealand Gold Star champion to record victory in the newly established premier series.
Driver of the #3 PropertyTutors Holden Commodore V8 SuperTourer, Fogg and his geographically spread team have battled adversity to have the car competition ready, following a heart breaking car wrecking crash at the South Island season opener.
Returning to the series competition currently led by Greg Murphy, Fogg and the team had a freshly repaired car that seemed to have a purpose of its own. Topping the time sheets during pre-race practise, Fogg cemented his performance by setting third fastest time in qualifying for the race he ended up winning.
Starting directly behind pole man Ant Pedersen for the Sunday morning and second race of the day, Fogg took an early opportunity to pass the leader on the run to the first turn.
His gritted determination and absolute faith in the car allowed the 45-year-old to plough in to the opening turn having passed Pedersen at the start line. Slotting in behind new race leader Murphy, it was short lived as Fogg made a decisive passing move down the inside of the circuit’s hair-pin to take the lead.
After 18 faultless laps Fogg arrived at the chequered flag first with a near two second advantage over the chasing pack.
“I felt like I’d won a world championship,” he exclaimed. “That’s how I described it to the team. Even after winning so many races and titles this one was very special. After such a tough start to the year and all it cost both emotionally and financially that winning feeling is one money can’t buy.
“To overtake Greg (Murphy) going in to the hairpin was also a special moment. It was perfect – right down to the tyre pressures. Everything was bang on.
“It’s as if I’ve really coupled with the car – I feel at one with it. I feel like I’m driving it rather than it driving me – which has been the case.
“We arrived at Pukekohe with a fresh car and a proposed setup based on information from so many sources – including Greg Murphy. He’s been extremely helpful with pointers - which is quite unusual in a competitive series.
The category has done a lot of good things over the season which has helped us all to get more from the car. Being around the cars and the engineers you pick up pointers and with the cars being identical you have to be in the same ballpark. We arrived, set times in practise that had us in that ballpark and knew it was right. To be in that state means we could concentrate on details – and you then stand a better chance at being at the front.”
Fogg added to his win by setting the fastest race lap to score a further eight drivers’ championship points. He finished the weekend fourth overall in the points.
The team have exactly one month until their next round – in support of the New Zealand round of the V8Supercar series – held at Pukekohe (25-27 April).
The PropertyTutors Racing Commodore runs in the 2014 BNT V8SuperTourers series with the support of PropertyTutors, Radio Live, Moselle Panel & Paint, Supercharge Batteries, Segedin’s Auto Spares, iSignit, Tom Ryan Cartage, Searoad Logistics, PPG and BOC Gases.
Further information including photos can be found on the team’s website, www.foggy.co.nz, or follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Angus.Fogg.Racing
Posted: Mon 24 Mar 2014