Alajajian wins the battle, Floyd wins the war in Sydney While Chris Alajajian took out the final race of the weekend at Eastern Creek Raceway, Peter Floyd has become the third different driver and car to win a round in as many rounds in the...
Alajajian wins the battle, Floyd wins the war in Sydney
While Chris Alajajian took out the final race of the weekend at Eastern Creek Raceway, Peter Floyd has become the third different driver and car to win a round in as many rounds in the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship.
After a stewards hearing on Saturday, Chris Alajajian was excluded from Friday's opening race of the weekend due to a technical infringement, promoting Floyd to the top spot. A third place finish in the ten lap races on Saturday and Sunday's saw Floyd steer the BP Ultimate HSV GTS to the round victory.
"I didn't expect this kind of result for the weekend," admitted Floyd. "I was hoping for a top five finish, but to come away with the points and results that we have, I am very pleased.
"For the final race, we put two new tyres down the right hand side of the car. It gave us extra grip in the early stages, then they started going off and I couldn't maintain contact with Alajajian and King. But I pushed on to make sure we would stay ahead of Holt."
In this afternoon's race, Mark King (Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) got the jump from the line and led the early stages of the race before being passed by Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi). While Alajajian went on to take a comfortable race win, King stuck around to take second place for both the race and the weekend.
"I'm pretty happy with the result," said King. "It was good to recover from where we were on Friday [King finished seventh after braking an axle] and bag a good bunch of points.
"I got the jump at the start, but it was short lived. I couldn't match the WRX for speed. Now, we go home and prepare our assault for Darwin."
Alajajian made it a pair of race wins for the weekend. He ended the weekend in third place, bouncing back to the podium after a tough weekend at Wakefield Park where he lost his championship lead after a number of problems.
"We have had our ups and downs this weekend," said the Sydney based youngster. "The first race was a down, but we looked up and finished the weekend up.
"The result today is always the goal when you start at the front. You try to stay at the front, build a lead and get a good result. We did that today and it's a good result for the team."
Garry Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) had an up and down race, literally. Starting the race from twelfth on the grid, Holt made early ground, ending the first lap in sixth place before taking a wild ride through the scenery on the exit of turn one with Barry Morcom (Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII). The rally experience of the Lancer was put to good use, bouncing through the gravel trap at high speed before returning to the track and eventually finishing fourth. Morcom recovered to twelfth place.
Reporting a trouble free run on his way to fifth place was Beric Lynton (Donut King BMW M3). Lynton has put together a strong recovery effort for his season in recent weeks. He left with Clipsal 500 without a championship point to his name, following a mammoth qualifying crash. After consistent weekends at Wakefield Park and now Eastern Creek, the Queenslander climbs to seventh place in the standings.
Wake Up! HSV GTS stablemates Dean Lillie and Barry Sternbeck climbed through the field in the final race after a fraught weekend. Lillie was able to claim a sixth place finish to salvage something from a weekend which included a building up a new engine to put into the car on Friday night. Sternbeck's run of outs continued, with clutch problems ending his race.
"I'm finally happy," beamed Lillie after the race. "It's a dream result after the weekend we've had. We changed the rear springs and the car was fixed -- absolutely. It was perfect; I did the quickest lap I have ever done around here."
Steve Cramp (C.V.W. Engineering P/L HSV GTS) was seventh, ahead of John Falk, the best of the FPV's aboard the Fibreglass International MkII GT. Falk finished just ahead of a spirited battle for ninth place, which included the four wheel drives of Bruce Williams (Overdrive Media Subaru WRX STi), Anton Mechtler (Hurley's Smash Repairs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII) and Michael Brock (Coopers Pale Ale Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII).
In the end, Mechtler and Brock made their way past Williams, who was battling with tyre wear and a slipping clutch in the latter stages of his debut weekend in the championship.
"It was a good race and a good, willing dice. I had never driven the car before Thursday and I'd never driven a turbo or four wheel drive car before and it is so different to anything I have ever driven before," said Williams, who has raced a wide variety of cars, including Future Tourers, Formula Holden and V8 Supercars. "It's been a very steep learning curve."
After three rounds in the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship Mark King holds the championship lead with 204 points. Peter Floyd moves up to second on 193, with Garry Holt (161) and Chris Alajajian (157) completing the top four.
The next round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship is on at Hidden Valley Raceway, Northern Territory, on July 1-3.
Recent action from the championship can be seen in the coming weeks on Trackside, Network 10. The ] Wakefield Park round will be on June 5, while this weekend's racing will be shown a fortnight later on June 19. Check your local guides for times.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au <pre> Provisional Race Three Top 10 1. Chris Alajajian Subaru WRX STi 2. Mark King Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 3. Peter Floyd HSV GTS 4. Garry Holt Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 5. Beric Lynton BMW M3 6. Dean Lillie HSV GTS 7. Steve Cramp HSV GTS 8. John Falk FPV MkII GT 9. Anton Mechtler Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 10. Michael Brock Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
Round Top Six Points 1. Peter Floyd 70 2. Mark King 63 3. Chris Alajajian 60 4. Beric Lynton 52 5. Barry Morcom 47 6. John Falk 39
Championship Standings after Three of Seven Rounds 1. Mark King 204 2. Peter Floyd 193 3. Garry Holt 161 4. Chris Alajajian 157 5. Barry Morcom 109 6. Graham Alexander 103