ATCC: Wannaroo report

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 1996 WANNAROO RACEWAY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.... The Craig Lowndes juggernaut rolled on at Wannaroo when "Das Wunderkid" took another 3 out of 3 in round 8 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships. Starting from pole Lowndes...

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 1996 WANNAROO RACEWAY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.... The Craig Lowndes juggernaut rolled on at Wannaroo when "Das Wunderkid" took another 3 out of 3 in round 8 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships. Starting from pole Lowndes was never headed and now looks certain to take Australia's premier series in his rookie year. Ford driver Glen Seton finished second overall after Lowndes' team-mate Peter Brock failed to finish in the third heat for the second meeting in a row. Lowndes took pole for the first heat from the rapidly improving Alan Jones in the Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon. Brock was IN third from Seton and defending champ John Bowe who's title chances have dwindled following his huge crash at Phillip Island. In Race 1 it was Lowndes making his now customary lightning start from Jones and Brock. Calder round winner Russell Ingall and Jones' team-mate Paul Romano came together off the line putting both well out of contention. Brock worked his way past Jones to set up yet another factory Holden Commodore one two, Jones hung on for third from Seton while Wayne Gardner just out dragged John Bowe to the line for a fine fifth.

Race two was almost a carbon copy of the first with Lowndes and Brock out classing the rest for another formation finish. Alan Jones had a big lock up which let first Glen Seton and the John Bowe through before Jones pitted to change his flat spotted Bridgestones. Ingall retired with body damage as his team leader Larry Perkins battled with the privateers for the final top ten positions. Gardner repeated his first heat pass on Bowe who just held off Mark Skaife for fifth.

Dick Johnson started from the pit lane, Wayne Gardner spun taking Larry Perkins along for the ride and John Bowe copped a stop go penalty for rolling at the start. Meanwhile up front things looked set for yet another Mobil/Holden Racing Team quinella in Race three when for the second meeting in a row Peter Brock retired with a gearbox problem. Australia's fastest sit down comedian Dick Johnson told TV viewers via Racecam that his Falcon had "less grip than a dog on lino" before his car gave up under the pressure of his cutting wit. Lowndes ran away with the win from Seton, Jones and Mark Skaife in his best result for some time. Overall Lowndes stood tall from Seton and Peter Brock but the racing was to say the least disappointing with the organisers stated objective of performance parity now so complete that the big V8s seldom ever seem to pass each other. The cars are close but a procession is still a procession no matter how fast it passes by.

HEAT ONE DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRE ========================================================== CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS PETER BROCK MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS ALAN JONES PACK LEADER RACING FORD FALCON BS GLEN SETON FORD CREDIT RACING FORD FALCON BS WAYNE GARDNER COCA COLA/WAYNE GARDNER RACING HOLDEN COMMODORE D JOHN BOWE SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D HEAT TWO DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRE =========================================================== CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS PETER BROCK MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS GLEN SETON FORD CREDIT RACING FORD FALCON BS WAYNE GARDNER COCA COLA/WAYNE GARDNER RACING HOLDEN COMMODORE D JOHN BOWE SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D MARK SKAIFE GIBSON MOTORSPORT HOLDEN COMMODORE Y HEAT THREE DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRE =========================================================== CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS GLEN SETON FORD CREDIT RACING FORD FALCON BS ALAN JONES PACK LEADER RACING FORD FALCON BS MARK SKAIFE GIBSON MOTORSPORT HOLDEN COMMODORE Y TONY LONGHURST TEAM CASTROL FORD FALCON Y RUSSELL INGALL TEAM CASTROL HOLDEN COMMODORE D

OVERALL CRAIG LOWNDES GLEN SETON PETER BROCK

POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 CRAIG LOWNDES 341 JOHN BOWE 282 GLEN SETON 260 PETER BROCK 204 RUSSELL INGALL 158 NEXT ROUND MALLALLA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA SUNDAY JUNE 2.

-- Brett Ramsey

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Series General
Drivers Alan Jones , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , John Bowe , Larry Perkins , Peter Brock , Dick Johnson , Phillip Island
Teams Holden Racing Team