Thursday, 29 August 2002
Island invasion this weekend.
Another big entry list as the Victorian Motor Racing Chamionship heads into its penultimate round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit next weekend. In the Aporschapart 944 challenge, last round winner Brendan Morter will be looking for a win over rivals Garth Rainsbury, Paul Faulkner and Ojars Balodis.
Morter received a stop go penalty at the Island last time the cars raced there, so he'll be determined to have a good race this time around.
The battle in Formula Vee is to see if anyone can put a stop to Andy Nethercote's remarkable winning streak. Despite winning every round so far, Nethercote still hasn't got the title wrapped up with Drew Beecham, Tony Bouquet and Nick Jones all still in with a shot at the title.
Only 3 points separate Glen Hastings and Daniel Reinhardt in the Formula Ford fight, Hastings won last round at Sandown but Reinhardt and last weeks guest on In Pit Lane 16 year old Tony D'Alberto are improving all the time, throw in Tim Macrow, Matthew Wall and Cade Southall and the ingredients are there for a classic race in Sunday's final.
Without the Lamborghini to worry about this time around the Sports Cars will resume their fight. Porsches dominate the pointscore with Perry Speridis GT3 in front of Brett Bedgood and John Good in the Turbo cars. Good crashed at Winton in the Porsche Cup and the team are in a race against time to have the car on the grid by the weekend.
It's tight at the front of the Improved Production class with Ken Douglas 4 points clear of Phil Morris's turbo charged Datsun 1600. Rohan Ambrose in the Mazda RX7 is only one point away in third. Darren Hill's Mustang leads the Historic Touring Cars and Andrew Nowland heads the HQs.
Simon McDowell leads the MG class, but if last round winner Mort Fitzgerald is there, no one will catch him.
The Outright Sport Sedan race is a straight V8 vs rotary affair. Dean Camm in the 6 litre Chev powered Honda leads Chris Muscat's RX7 by only 4 points, Camm won at Sandown but Muscat took the fastest lap.
And in the Under 2 litre Sport Sedans, Ken Hastings MR2 will take on his son Ken Jnr in his Escort and last round winner Steve Newing in the Stanza.
Racing on both Saturday and Sunday, finals Sunday from 12.30 pm. Admission $15 or $30 per car load. Results at www.racetime.com.au and further reports on the In Pit Lane website www.pitlanepr.com/inpitlane