Power Tour Future Tourer Mallala race report

2002 Power Tour Race Report - Australian Future Tourer Series Rd 2 - Mallala Raceway - April 19-21 Three share spoils at Mallala second round. Honours were divided at the second round of the Australian Future touring series held at Mallala ...

2002 Power Tour
Race Report - Australian Future Tourer Series Rd 2 - Mallala Raceway - April 19-21

Three share spoils at Mallala second round.

Honours were divided at the second round of the Australian Future touring series held at Mallala Raceway in South Australia on April 21. Holden Commodores won all three races with Ray Sidebottom taking a first up win, Mark Papendell winning the second and Tim Shaw taking out the third. On the day it was Shaw who took the round with 136 points from the local South Australian Papendell on 129 and Mark Sutherland in a Falcon finished third with 115.

Race One

After taking pole position in qualifying Sidebottom initially was the best away in race one before Shaw snuck into the lead. The Mitsubishi Magna of Terry Bosnjak was third ahead of Papendell and the Falcon of Mark Sutherland while Shanan Sidebottom (Commodore) chased ahead of the Falcons of Andrew Gillespie and Amin Shahda.

For the next four laps Ray Sidebottom looked every where for a place to pass Shaw but without luck. At times Bosnjak was part of the dice as well. On lap five Sidebottom seized his chance with a better run out of the Northern Hairpin.

From there he was able to maintain a narrow advantage while Shaw fended off Bosnjak for the remainder. Behind Papendell, Sidebottom was able to pass Sutherland but the latter struck back on the last lap to take fourth.

Race One (10 laps) Top Five
1- Ray Sidebottom VIC (Holden Commodore VX) 12:49.5278,
2- Tim Shaw TAS (Holden Commodore VS) 12:51.9869,
3- Terry Bosnjak NSW (Mitsubishi Magna) 12:52.5864,
4- Mark Papendell SA (Holden Commodore VS) 12:57.7413,
5- Shanan Sidebottom VIC (Holden Commodore VT) 13:03.8420,

The second race was a reverse of qualifying order and Sidebottom started well, slipping down the inside of both Bosnjak and Shaw but unfortunately ploughed into the back of Sutherland's Falcon causing day-ending damage to the front of the Commodore.

Papendell found himself well out in front but the Safety Car nullified that quickly. When the race went back to green light conditions he found himself under pressure from Shaw and Bosnjak but both went off at turn two in subsequent laps allowing Gillespie into second place for a period before they came back and passed him with the Magna ahead of the Commodore.

Race Two (8 laps) Top Five
1- Mark Papendell SA (Holden Commodore VS) 12:11.7253,
2- Terry Bosnjak NSW (Mitsubishi Magna) 12:12.5414,
3- Tim Shaw TAS (Holden Commodore VS) 12:14.8735,
4- Andrew Gillespie VIC (Ford Falcon EL) 12:16.6130,
5- Shanan Sidebottom VIC (Holden Commodore VT) 12:24.3442,

Off the start of the third it was Shaw who benefited most, slipping through to lead from Papendell, Bosnjak, Sutherland, Gillespie, Shanan Sidebottom and Chahda.

Shaw was able to pull out a gap as Papendell was busy fending off Bosnjak who then dropped off that pace and came under threat from Sutherland. Clearly the Mitsubishi had problems and it wasn't long before it was pitbound and into retirement.

Shaw also began to struggle and Papendell became a major threat until he speared off. Shaw could then relax while Papendell recovered to take second.

Race Three (8 laps) Top Five
1- Tim Shaw TAS (Holden Commodore VS) 10:34.1787
2- Mark Sutherland VIC (Ford Falcon EL) 10:34.4358,
3- Mark Papendell SA (Holden Commodore VS) 10:37.7171,
4- Armin Chahda VIC (Ford Falcon EF) 10:56.6514,
5- Andrew Gillespie VIC (Ford Falcon EL) 11:32.2982,

Upcoming rounds:
Queensland Raceway June 21-13, Calder Park July 19-21, Barbagello August 23-25,
Wakefield Park September 27-29, Winton October 25-27, Oran Park November 23-24.

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