ATCC: Phillip Island report

PERKINS WINS DRAMA PACKED ISLAND ROUND. PHILLIP ISLAND, VIC AUSTRALIA SUN APRIL 14 ....Reining Bathurst Champion Larry Perkins kept his head and came out on top in Round 5 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships at Phillip...

PERKINS WINS DRAMA PACKED ISLAND ROUND.

PHILLIP ISLAND, VIC AUSTRALIA SUN APRIL 14 ....Reining Bathurst Champion Larry Perkins kept his head and came out on top in Round 5 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships at Phillip island.

In a drama packed day in difficult conditions Perkins out lasted Ford Credit Racing driver Glen Seton and Queensland Folk hero Dick Johnson in the battle for overall points.

Current series leader Craig Lowndes took the first heat with Perkins second and defending champ John Bowe third.

But in an incident packed second heat Lowndes, Bowe and Peter Brock all went off on the sodden surrounds of the circuit with Lownde's Holden and Bowe's Ford both sustaining serious damage. Thankfully none of the drivers were hurt.

This left Perkins to fend of the fast finishing Glen Seton which he managed to do by only 0.14 seconds. Johnson was third from Tony Longhurst in the Falcon.

Peter Brock managed to repair his car in time for heat 3 but started from the rear of the grid. Seton won the start over Perkins and was never headed. Perkins tangled with Wayne Gardner and dropped back to eighth which let Alan Jones in the Pack Leader Racing Falcon through to its best finish so far while Dick Johnson took third.

The teams now stay in Victoria for the next round at Melbourne's Calder Park circuit on April 28.

----------------------------------------------------------- RESULTS =========================================================== HEAT ONE Craig Lowndes Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore Larry Perkins Team Castrol Holden Commodore John Bowe Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon Peter Brock Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore Russell Ingall Team Castrol Holden Commodore Alan Jones Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon =========================================================== HEAT TWO Larry Perkins Team Castrol Holden Commodore Glen Seton Ford Credit Racing Ford Falcon Dick Johnson Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon Tony Longhurst Team Castrol Ford Falcon Paul Romano Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon Max Dumsney Valvoline Auto Pro Ford Falcon =========================================================== HEAT THREE Glen Seton Ford Credit Racing Ford Falcon Alan Jones Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon Dick Johnson Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon Russell Ingall Team Castrol Holden Commodore Wayne Gardner Coca Cola/Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore Steven Richards Valvoline/Cummins Holden Commodore =========================================================== OVERALL Larry Perkins Glen Seton Dick Johnson =========================================================== POINTS Craig Lowndes 195 John Bowe 182 Glen Seton 161 Peter Brock 130 Larry Perkins 107

NEXT ROUND CALDER PARK, MELBOURNE APRIL 28

-- Brett Ramsey

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Series General
Drivers Alan Jones , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Tony Longhurst , Larry Perkins , Peter Brock , Dick Johnson , Steven Richards , Phillip Island
Teams Holden Racing Team