2001 Boost Mobile V8 International
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|Round 12 of 13 in the 2001 Shell Championship Series|
|Date||9–11 November 2001|
|Location||Pukekohe, New Zealand|
|Venue||Pukekohe Park Raceway|
|Weather||Heavy rain, fine|
The 2001 Boost Mobile V8 International was the twelfth round of the 2001 Shell Championship Series. This was the first V8 Supercar event in New Zealand since the 1996 Mobil New Zealand Sprints and the first time as part of the official calendar. It was held on the weekend of 9 to 11 November at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand.
The 2001 Boost Mobile V8 International heralded the first ever overseas championship event for the V8 Supercar series, although it wasn't the first time that V8 Supercar racing was held at the Pukekohe Park Raceway. In 1996, the Mobil New Zealand Sprints saw the V8 Supercars come across the ditch for the first time, although these events were not part of the 1996 Australian Touring Car Championship calendar.
In these events, Greg Murphy dominated the weekend at Pukekohe, grabbing three race wins from three and entered the weekend with high expectations. After grabbing provisional pole position, he went on to convert that into a top-ten shootout pole - a first for the 2001 season.
The first race was cut short due to torrential downpour which saw cars struggling for grip and reduced visibility down to dangerous levels. Murphy was declared the winner with the race being cut short by five laps. The race also saw Jason Richards and Team Kiwi Racing achieve their best result of the season with a fourth-placed finish.
Top Ten Shootout
|1||51||Greg Murphy||K-mart Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||0:56.9052|
|2||1||Mark Skaife||Holden Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||0:57.0313|
|3||4||Marcos Ambrose||Stone Brothers Racing||Ford AU Falcon||0:57.1585|
|4||15||Todd Kelly||K-mart Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||0:57.1808|
|5||11||Larry Perkins||Perkins Engineering||Holden VX Commodore||0:57.2542|
|6||00||Craig Lowndes||Gibson Motorsport||Ford AU Falcon||0:57.3524|
|7||5||Glenn Seton||Glenn Seton Racing||Ford AU Falcon||0:57.3687|
|8||2||Jason Bright||Holden Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||0:57.5033|
|9||31||Steven Ellery||Steven Ellery Racing||Ford AU Falcon||0:57.7089|
|10||8||Russell Ingall||Perkins Engineering||Holden VX Commodore||1:06.8529|
|1||1||Mark Skaife||Holden Racing Team||3290|
|2||8||Russell Ingall||Perkins Engineering||2720|
|3||2||Jason Bright||Holden Racing Team||2635|
|4||51||Greg Murphy||K-mart Racing Team||2562|
|5||17||Steven Johnson||Dick Johnson Racing||2440|
2001 V8 Supercar 1000
|2001 Supercars Championship||Next race:|
2001 Australian V8 Ultimate
|New Zealand V8 International||Next year:|
2002 Boost Mobile V8 International