ASTC: Winton Race Report

BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 4 WINTON, VICTORIA: Race Report, Sunday, June 20 JONES MAKES HISTORY FOR AUDI Works Audi driver Brad Jones created history for the German manufacturer Audi at Winton Raceway in Victoria...

BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 4 WINTON, VICTORIA: Race Report, Sunday, June 20

JONES MAKES HISTORY FOR AUDI

Works Audi driver Brad Jones created history for the German manufacturer Audi at Winton Raceway in Victoria today with a dramatic victory in round four of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship.

Jones' win in the first of the three races was the first victory by a front-drive Audi A4 in a national Super Touring championship worldwide. Audi's previous success in the category, including championship titles by Jones in Australia in 1996 and 1998, had been with the Audi A4 quattro.

For Jones, it was also his first championship win of 1999. The 39-year-old from Albury took the chequered flag in the eight-lap event in 21-mins 19.60-secs, finishing 1.69-secs clear of championship leader Jim Richards in a factory Volvo Racing S40 and Queensland's Paul Morris in a NEMO Racing BMW 320. Morris was second to finish, but was penalised 1-secs after making contact with Richards' Volvo in a passing move. The penalty lifted Richards to second place, and relegated Morris to third.

The race, originally scheduled for 10 laps, was stopped on the opening lap following confusion over whether warm-up laps should have been held after a delayed start. Just moments after the re-start there was an incident which eliminated the works Volvo of Mark Adderton, and Independents Cup driver Tony Newman in a TC Motorsport Peugeot 406. Dean Canto, driving a Ford Mondeo, and Anthony Robson in a Honda Accord were also involved in the incident, but were able to continue driving. Volvo Australia Motorsport Manager John Cotter estimated damage to Adderton's car was $30,000.

Morris won the second race over 14 laps in 20-mins 30.52-secs after leading from start to finish. Jones, was second, followed by Audi Sport Australia team-mate Matthew Coleman. John Henderson was fourth, and the leading Independents Cup driver. Richards was forced out of the race after his Volvo suffered wheel damage on the opening lap.

In the final race, over 20 laps, Morris led the opening stages from Richards. On lap eight both drivers made their compulsory pit-stops to change two wheels, and Richards resumed racing ahead of the BMW. Morris pressed Richards, until spinning in the closing laps. Richards then cruised to win in 29-mins 42.67-secs, finishing 9.93-secs clear of Morris, who was followed by Coleman and Jones.

Morris scored most points for the round, 37. Richards now leads the championship with 107 points, Morris is second on 106, and Jones third on 83. Volvo retained the lead in the manufacturers championship with 117 points, followed by Audi on 114. Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo driver Peter Hills leads the Independents Cup with 118 points, with team-mate Canto second on 63.

DRIVER QUOTES:

BRAD JONES (Audi Sport Australia A4): "It's great to win again, especially in the front-wheel-drive Audi. It shows the car can be a winner, and it also proves how hard we've worked. The start of the first race was a nightmare. I had turned the engine off, and the next thing I saw the race was about to start so I put it in gear and took off. I made a terrible start. After the re-start I got away in front and everything fell into place."

PAUL MORRIS (NEMO Racing BMW 320): "I can't understand why they penalised me. Jim (Richards) left a hole and we touched as I passed him. He did the same to me at Oran Park a few weeks ago - I didn't complain about it and no one did anything. I'm happy to play by the rules, but the rules have to be consistent."

JIM RICHARDS (Volvo Racing S40): "It's up to the officials how they view the race. As far as I'm concerned it's over and done, and Paul (Morris) and I raced hard against each other in the third race. The championship is wide open - only one point the difference so it's going to be close."

ANTHONY ROBSON (Project Racing Honda Accord): "With a sixth, and two sevenths that's my best day since I came into the championship. The Honda has made me more competitive. In the first race I was just behind the big shunt - I turned left to try and miss the other cars, but I glanced off the Volvo. Luckily I was able to keep going."

RESULTS - RACE 1 (8 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 21:19.60 2. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 21:21.29 3. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 21:21.97 4. Matthew Coleman (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 21:22.57 5. Dean Canto (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 21:30.97 6. Peter Hills (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 21:33.68 7. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project racing Honda Accord 21:48.45 8. Aaron McGill (NSW) Trinovin Ford Mondeo 21:57.52 9. Luke Searle (NSW) Roadchill Express-SAE BMW 318 22:01.47 10. Malcolm Rea (Qld) Toyota Team Queensland Carina 22:17.24 FASTEST LAP: Richards 1-min 26.98-secs

RESULTS - RACE 2 (14 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 20:30.52 2. Brad Jones (NW) Audi Sport Australia A4 20:30.89 3. Matthew Coleman (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 20:39.40 4. John Henderson (NSW) Henderson Holden Vectra 20:57.82 5. Peter Hills (NSW) Team Mondeo Ford 21:07.35 6. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project Racing Honda Accord 21:19.28 7. Aaron McGill (NSW) Trinovin Ford Mondeo 21:31.49 8. Dean Canto (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 21:32.12 9. Malcolm Rea (Qld) Toyota Team Queensland Carina Lap down 10. Claude Elias (NSW) Red Line Motorsport Hyundai Lantra Lap down FASTEST LAP: Jones 1-min 26.66-secs

RESULTS - RACE 3 (20 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 29:42.67 2. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 29:52.60 3. Matthew Coleman (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 30:03.75 4. Brad Jones (NW) Audi Sport Australia A4 30:04.14 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Volvo Racing S40 30:15.87 6. Peter Hills (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 30:45.52 7. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project Racing Honda Accord 30:46.15 8. Dean Canto (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 30:48.09 9. David Auger (Qld) Gun Racing Alfa Romeo 31:14.08 10. Luke Searle (NSW) Roadchill Express-SAE BMW 318 Lap down FASTEST LAP: Morris 1-min 25.72-secs

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 4): Richards 107, Morris 106, Jones 83, Coleman 75, Hills 51, Watts 40, Henderson 23, Canto 23, Williamson 17, Auger 14, Robson 14, Adderton 11, McGill 10, Wall 8, Newman 5, L. Searle 4, Townshend 3, Rea 3, Cornish 2, Elias 1, Leslight 1

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 4): Volvo 117, Audi 114

TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 4): Audi Sport Australia 202, Volvo Racing 154, Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 107, Project Racing 60

INDEPENDENTS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 4): Hills 118, Canto 63, Henderson 55, Robson 53, Auger 50, Watts 49, McGill 37, Newman 28, Cornish 23, L. Searle 23, Wall 22, Rea 19, Leslight 14, Elias 10, Townshend 8, T. Searle 7, Stones 1

Mike Porter mikep@qldnet.com.au

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Series General
Drivers Jim Richards , Brad Jones , Dean Canto , Paul Morris , Luke Searle , Aaron McGill , David Auger , Peter Hill , Anthony Robson
Teams Williams