March 11, 2019
Cambridge V8 driver Nick Ross has finished in second place in the 2018/19 BNT V8s Championship following the sixth and final round held at Hampton Downs over the weekend.
Ross had been locked in a fierce battle with young Australian driver Jack Smith all season with the two drivers going into the final round with Smith leading by a narrow points margin.
At Round Six, Ross qualified his Total Lubricants Nissan Altima in fourth place at the North Waikato circuit, and went on to record three third place finishes on his way to second overall for the weekend.
Smith gathered enough points early in the weekend to clinch the championship with one race remaining.
Reflecting on his season, the 2013/14 Champion says that despite being in contention all season long, it just wasn’t quite enough to clinch the top spot.
“We came very close to grabbing that number one spot,” said Ross.
“It was a long hard season. We had some moments of brilliance, we got a number of race wins and podiums along the way, but then we also got a couple of rounds wrong which didn’t help.”
“Whether the car wasn’t quite right, or we just had bad luck and got tangled up with someone on track or I made a couple of mistakes. To win Championships you have to get it right the whole way through and we didn’t do it, the Hamilton Motorsports team did a better job than we did, and Jack was really consistent.”
“It’s a very tight championship. Its good, close racing, and that’s what this class is all about. Though we didn’t win, we were consistently in that top group of cars and have been in contention every weekend which is really positive and we can build on that, bring on next season.”
Nick Ross, the TOTAL Lubricants Nissan Altima and Concept Motorsport is supported this season by TOTAL Lubricants, RYCO 24•7, C&R Developments, Jim Wright Nissan, Team Wino, Auto Trail Ltd, 82C, Waikato Aggregates and Tyre Traders.
Media release: Freddy Foote
Caption: Nick Ross has finished second in the 2018/19 BNT V8s Championship following the final round at Hampton Downs.