APRl Clipsal qualifying notes

King claims Performance pole position Under glorious Adelaide weather, Mark King continued his Friday form and has claimed pole position for the opening race of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at the Clipsal ...

King claims Performance pole position

Under glorious Adelaide weather, Mark King continued his Friday form and has claimed pole position for the opening race of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at the Clipsal 500.

King topped the timesheets aboard his Delphi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII in another session of close competition amongst the 25 car grid, which saw four different manufacturers inside the top 5.

The session, however, was overshadowed by a high speed crash which has ended Beric Lynton's weekend and left the Bruce Lynton BMW M3 with extensive damage, the full extent of which will be discovered when the team returns to their Queensland HQ.

"I'm a bit stiff and sore, but the car is worse," said Lynton. "I went in there doing about 190 (km/h) and the brake pedal went to the floor, there was nothing.

"I could see a Ford on the escape road and I didn't want to hit that, so I pulled the handbrake, went sideways into the tyres and then bounced back."

Lynton's mid-session misfortune brought out a red flag, which served as a blessing for King. Having only completed a solitary exploration lap earlier in the twenty minute session, the red flag period gave King a chance to change a troublesome wheel, return to the track and take pole position in the dying moments of the session with a last lap flyer of 1:32.1123.

"First of all, I'm glad Beric is ok and I wish him well for the recovery," said King. "I went out, but one of the rims was buckled. By the time we found it, the red flag was out and luckily we had the time at the end of the session to set the time.

"I'm hoping the fortune stays in our favour for the rest of the weekend."

King will be joined on the front row of the grid for the season's opening race by Peter Floyd's BP Ultimate HSV GTS, who was six one-hundredths of a second shy of the Lancer. The second row of the grid will be held by Garry Holt (Century 21 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) and Chris Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi).

Ric Shaw rounded out the top 5 in the Sennheiser Audio Mazda RX7, just ahead of Barry Sternbeck. Having his first racing hit out in both the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship and on the streets of Adelaide, Sternbeck recorded the 6th fastest time in the Wake-Up! HSV GTS and is looking forward to continued improvement for the remainder of the weekend.

"There is a lot more time left in the car," he explained. "We are struggling a little for front end grip, but we improved by 2.5 seconds on our practice times with some overnight changes."

Steve Cramp (C.V.W Engineering HSV GTS) was the best of the South Australian drivers in 7th place, followed by Gary Young (Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII), Barrie Nesbitt (Donut King HSV GTS), while Lynton's time set prior to his accident was the 10th fastest in the session.

While his weekend is over, and an expensive repair bill awaits him, the accident hasn't dampened Beric Lynton's resolve to race in the category.

"We'll be back. It's one of those things, but the best part of it is that I can walk away from the accident and come back," he said.

The opening race of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship will take place at 3:25 this afternoon.

For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au

-apr-

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Series CAMS
Drivers Peter Floyd , Ric Shaw , Beric Lynton , Bruce Lynton , Steve Cramp , Mark King , Garry Holt , Gary Young , Chris Alajajian , Barrie Nesbitt