Thursday, Oct 11 04:03pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

New look for Class Two title hopeful Matt Podjursky

New Plymouth-based driver Matt Podjursky is hopeful his second season in the BNT V8s will be his best to date.


The 19-year-old will this season return to the Class Two ranks of the series with a crack at the title in mind.


“Coming out of last season and having a couple round podiums, that’s definitely helped the cause for me to be a favourite for the entire season,” Podjursky told


“We’ll take it as it comes. At the end of the day it’s all about consistency, getting podiums and winning races.


“That’s really the goal for me this year is to be consistent, have a lot of car pace and build on last season.”


It’s anticipated a healthy field will take to the grid for round one of the championship at Pukekohe Park for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint this November.  


Podjursky isn’t sure who he’ll be facing yet, but believes his off-season preparation will put him in good stead for the forthcoming season.


“After graduating the New Zealand Elite MotorSport Academy I’ve ramped up my training thanks to Formula Fit with Alastair Wooten,” he said.


“It’s good to have him on-board for the first two rounds as well. He’ll be my data engineer so we’re definitely thinking we can win the first two rounds and then head to the South Island and learn the tracks. Hopefully we’ll snag a couple of wins along the way and go from there.


“I’ve been working with Alastair doing some simulation stuff and training to get my brake pressure up. In any V8 that brake pressure is a huge part of not just how the car performs, but how to get a quick lap time out of it as well.”


Podjursky will contest a full season this year, which will see the championship race in the South Island at Teretonga Park as well as a maiden voyage to Highlands Motorsport Park.


The now defunct V8 SuperTourers ran at the Cromwell circuit nearly five years ago, but it’ll be the first time the unified BNT V8s have raced there.


While some of the Class One field has race there before, very few in the Class Two fieldwill have. That’s something that Podjursky said might help in his hopes to win a round.


“I’m looking forward to Highlands, that one is the golden child of motorsport here in New Zealand at the moment. It’ll be cool to rag the old V8 around there and have a bit of fun and enjoy it.


“Going to a new track, at least for the Class Two guys, will definitely even the playing field out. I think we can put in a strong performance and get a round win or podium.


“Then we’ll start looking at the championship after the third or fourth round and see how we’re going.”