(From the TOCA Australia Web Site:<www.toca.com.au> JONES WINS-MORRIS LEADS CHAMPIONSHIP ==================================== ORIX Audi Sport Australia driver Brad Jones extended his remarkable success at Amaroo Park to six consecutive...
(From the TOCA Australia Web Site:<www.toca.com.au> JONES WINS-MORRIS LEADS CHAMPIONSHIP ====================================
ORIX Audi Sport Australia driver Brad Jones extended his remarkable success at Amaroo Park to six consecutive race wins when he dominated the fourth round of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship motor racing series on Sunday (July 20).
The 37-year-old Albury racer won both 31-lap races on the tight 2km track. Which followed his victories in all four championship races at Amaroo Park in 1996 Jones earned 30 points and is now third in the championship with an overall tally of 78.
Queenslands Paul Morris; regained the lead in the championship from BMW Motorsport team-mate Geoff Brabham. Morris went into the Amaroo Park round trailing Brabham by two points, and earned 22 from finishing second in race one and fourth in the second heat. The results left Morris leading with a total of 94 points, two clear of Brabham, who was fourth in the first race and third in the second event.
Jones Victorian team-mate Cameron McConville slipped from third to fourth in the championship, despite scoring 22 points from second and third placings. He was also involved in an incident with Morris in race two when they were dicing for second place. Morris spun and dropped to fourth place before resuming racing. He later claimed there was contact between the cars McConville disputed the claim.
Multiple Bathurst 1000 race winner Jim Richards; remained fifth in the championship after finishing fifth in both races at Amaroo Park. His championship points tally is 52.
Jones won the opening race in 26-min 35.30-secs after leading from start to finish. His winning margin was 1.32-secs clear of Morris. In the second race NSWs Mark Addertoncrashed his Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry on the opening lap, and the safety car circulated on the track for five laps. Jones dominated after the race resumed and won in 36 mins 36.02-secs, finishing 0.09-secs ahead of McConville.
Queenslands Cameron McLean retained the lead in the TOCA Challenge Independents Cup by boosting his points tally to 84. The Greenfield Mowers Opel Vectra driver made a pit-stop for new tyres in the second race while the safety car was circulating and finished as the leading Independents Cup Driver. Victorian Steven Richards was the top Independents Cup Driver in race one and is second overall on 78 points.
Brad Jones (ORIX Audi Sport Australia 44): Winning the championship from here is still a tall order, but weve got a better chance now than before. The Audis always go well here because they get good traction out of slow corners. We decided beforehand winning the start was important because this is a tough track to pass on . Fortunately I got away quickly and I was able to go on with it. The BMWs will be strong at every race.
Paul Morris (BMW Motorsport 320i): I had a problem with wheelspin in the first race, and Brad Jones had better car speed. At one stage he was held up when lapping slower cars and I closed the gap, but he had me covered. The second race was disappointing because Cameron McConville drove into the back of me and turned me around.
Cameron McConville (ORIX Audi Sport Australia A4): If there was any contact between Paul Morris and my car I didnt feel it. His Tyres were going off and he spun in front of me.
Geoff Brabham (BMW Motorsport 320i) :I wanted to get through the first half of the season and be right there in the points for the championship. Its good to have done that, and now Ill be trying to stay consistent and keep scoring points. This track didnt suit our cars as well as some others, but the BMWs will be more competitive at some of the circuits coming up.
Jim Richards (Volvo Racing Australia 850) :We tried our best out there and fifth was as good a result as we could have expected unless the Audis and BMWs had problems. This is a tough track for the front-wheel drive cars and grip was a problem toward the end of both races.
Race 1 results (31 laps)
POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1 B Jones (NSW) ORIX Audi Sport Australia A4 26:35.30 2 P Morris (QLD) BMW Motorsport 320 26:36.62 3 C McConville (VIC) ORIX Audi Sport Australia A4 26:42.46 4 G Brabham (QLD) BMW Motorsport 320 26:45.02 5 Jim Richards (VIC) Volvo Racing Australia 850 27:15.88 6 S Richards (VIC) Valvoline Nissan Primera 26:42.99 7 Jason Richards (NZ) Supercheap Autos BMW 318 26:55.70 8 M Adderton (NSW) Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 26:59.84 9 B Tweedie (NSW) IBC Vauxhall Cavalier 27:23.37 10 J Matthews(NSW) Faber Castell BMW 318 Lap Down
Fastest Lap: Jones 50.27-secs
Race 2 results (31 laps)
POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1 B Jones (NSW) ORIX Audi Sport Australia A4 33:36.02 2 C McConville (VIC) ORIX Audi Sport Australia A4 33:36.11 3 G Brabham (QLD) BMW Motorsport 320 33:39.18 4 P Morris (QLD) BMW Motorsport 320 33:46.19 5 Jim Richards (VIC) Volvo Racing Australia 850 34:00.16 6 C McLean (QLD) Greenfield Mowers Opel Vectra 34:17.76 7 S Richards (VIC) Valvoline Nissan Primera 34:22.67 8 Jason Richards (NZ) SuperCheap Autos BMW 318 34:27.60 9 B Tweedie (NSW) IBC Vauxhall Cavalier Lap Down 10 T Newman (NZ) Fastway Couriers Peugeot 405 Lap Down
Fastest Lap: Jones 50.15 (Record)
Drivers Championship Points (after round 4)
Morris 94 S Richards 29 Jason Richards 7 Brabham 92 Matthews 21 Briggs 4 Jones 72 Newman 16 Adderton 3 McConville 68 Auger 13 Cornish 2 Jim Richards 52 Tweedie 12 Pickett 1 Mclean 33 Wakefield 10
Manufacturers Championship Points (after round 4)
BMW 111 Audi 91 Volvo 74
Teams Championship points (after round 4)
BMW Motorsport 183 ORIX Audi Sport Australia 148 Hyundai HVE Motorsport 20
TOCA Challenge Independents Cup points (after round 4)
McLean 84 Jason Richards 23 S Richards 78 Briggs 12 Matthews 65 Cornish 11 Newman 46 Adderton 10 Auger 39 Hills 8 Tweedie 34 Pickett 4 Wakefield 24
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