MacDonald in lead

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Liam MacDonald, of Invercargill, celebrates after racing at Pukekohe Park, Auckland. PhotoS: Euan Cameron

INVERCARGILL racing driver Liam MacDonald made a great start to the defence of his Class 2 BNT V8s Championship title with a clean sweep at Pukekohe Park Raceway last weekend.

MacDonald won the title in his first full national season last year and served notice he will again be a big factor in this year’s championship by winning all three races and taking the round win in the opening round of the 2017-18 championship in front of huge crowds at Pukekohe.

MacDonald set a rapid pace throughout the weekend in his Speedy Signs New Zealand Ford Falcon.

Liam MacDonald of Invercargill, in action in Class 2 of the BNT V8s Championship in the Speedy Signs Ford Falcon at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

He was fastest in practice on Friday only to be caught out by the weather in qualifying later in the day, ending the session third fastest.

He went on to win all three races that followed, including the first on Saturday held in what MacDonald described as the “worst conditions I’ve ever raced in”.

“It was so slippery we were getting wheelspin at 180kmh in fourth gear down the back straight.”

However, he overcame the elements to win the race from third on the grid. He also passed some of the more modern, faster Class 1 cars during the race.

On Sunday morning the top five cars started in reverse grid order, but again MacDonald came through the field to take the lead early in the race and chalk up his second win of the weekend.

That put MacDonald on pole for the final race. The driver alongside him jumped the start and received a penalty before a safety car period. The race was then called early, giving MacDonald the perfect start as he leads the championship to the next round at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, in Taupo, early next month.

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