Wyhoon wins as crash mars third race Terry Wyhoon's Ford Falcon AU V8 Supercar may be sold, and it definitely sported new paintwork, but it still proved a handy weapon, taking two races and a very close second at round three of the Gulf Western...
Wyhoon wins as crash mars third race
Terry Wyhoon's Ford Falcon AU V8 Supercar may be sold, and it definitely sported new paintwork, but it still proved a handy weapon, taking two races and a very close second at round three of the Gulf Western Australian Touring Car Challenge at Phillip Is today.
In the opening race, a four-lap sprint, Wyhoon won the start and his Falcon led throughout to win by a comfortable six seconds from Commodore VS driver Tim Rouse. The Super Tourer BMW 320i maintained third throughout and held off the Falcon EL of Garry Willmington.
In fifth was the first of the Future Tourers V8s, the Holden Commodore of Ray Sidebottom with a handy gap to Peter Kelly's BMW, Adam Proctor in the "borrowed" Nissan Primera, Mark Telfer's FT Commodore and the Falcon V8 Supercar of Keith Linnell.
Ray Ayton had a poor start in his Commodore Supercar and never really recovered, finishing eleventh behind the FT Falcon AU of Andrew Gillespie while Bryce Peter-Budge started from the rear of the field and climbed to 12th.
Round Three Progressive Points: Wyhoon 60, Rowse 54, Searle 48, Willmington 42, Sidebottom 36, Kelly 30, Proctor 27, Telfer 24, Linnell 21, Gillespie 18.
The Ford Mondeo of Greg Smith and Richard Prince's Group A Volvo 240T were first away in the initial handicap race and Smith shot out to such a lead, it looked unlikely that anyone would catch him.
Peter Vicary's Falcon and Leigh Moran's Commodore comprised the next group some 28 seconds later and Vicary soon had second place and set off after the leader anxiously.
Nine seconds later it was John Vergotis on his own then a larger group of ten cars at 47 seconds. Searle and Willmington were off at one minute and Rouse and Wyhoon seven seconds later.
Wilmington cut a fruitful path through the pack, emerging behind Vicary during lap three and already they had rapidly engulfed Smith. But when Willmington assumed the lead on the last lap, the opposition hotly arrived in the shape of Wyhoon whom he just managed to hold off.
Searle picked up third ahead of Rouse, Kelly and Vicary. Then followed Peter-Budge, Sidebottom and Ayton together, Vergotis, Proctor, Moran and Smith who was swamped in the last two laps
Round Three Progressive Points: Wyhoon 114, Willmington 102, Searle 96, Rowse 96, Kelly 66, Sidebottom 60, Proctor 42, Peter-Budge 39, Ayton 36, Vicary 33.
The starts times for the varying speed groups were adjusted for race three which would encompass an additional lap. Prince, Smith, Vicary and Moran comprised the first group. Six cars were in the second to launch 13 seconds later and included Vergotis, Brendan Julius (Toyota Camry), Gillespie, Amin Chahda (Falcon), Gillespie, Telfer and Linnell.
Another group with Proctor, Kelly, Ayton and Sidebottom were at 22 seconds, then Peter-Budge, Searle and Willmington at 35 seconds, and nine seconds later Rowse and Wyhoon completed the starters.
Vicary had a handy lead after one tour with Moran and Smith. Following was a large group embracing seven cars and headed by Chahda. The fast boys at the back were making rapid progress with Willmington getting past Searle and heading the charge.
It was the place to be as they negotiated the traffic of the ensuing laps where, on lap four exiting Honda, Searle was caught up in a contact with Sidebottom the spun the Searle BMW. Ayton arrived on the scene and mildly hit the spun car head-on. But affected worse was the Nissan of Proctor which slammed into the back of the Ayton Holden.
Quick work had the heavily damaged car moved for a one lap dash to the flag. Wyhoon was fifth but sliced through to take the win from Rouse and Willmington. Kelly followed from Sidebottom, Linnell, Gillespie, Telfer, Ayton, Julius and Moran.
Round Three Points: (No points Race Three because of Safety Car) Wyhoon 114, Willmington 102, Searle 96, Rowse 96, Kelly 66, Sidebottom 60, Proctor 42, Peter-Budge 39, Ayton 36, Vicary 33.
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