2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Round 8 Race 1 - Winton, 9th September 2001
Kelly Creates New Win Record
After recording his twelfth win from fifteen races, eighteen-year-old Rick Kelly has become the most victorious driver in a single Formula Holden season. Kelly led the all the way to claim honours during the first of two races at Winton today and surpassed Simon Will's season win tally of eleven season wins in the process. Kelly's team mates Paul Stokell and Brenton Ramsay made it a Birrana Racing trifecta by claiming second and third respectively after an entertaining 15 lap event. Stokell recorded the race's fastest lap and chased Kelly hard in a car that was very evenly matched and looks poised to threaten in this afternoon's second event.
Behind Ramsay in fourth was Christian Murchison who charged through from ninth on the grid and survived a thrilling mid-field dice with Akihiro Asai, Tim Leahey and Ramsay. Asai finished in ninth spot after breaking his front wing when he nosed into the stationary car of Leahey after Leahey spun from fourth spot mid-race. A sore and stiff Alan Gurr came home fifth after yesterday's heavy shunt which was more than his team mate Chris Staff could manage, Staff being punted off at Turn One on the opening lap after a spate of wheel-banging with Gurr and Asai.
Emerson Newton-John was one of a number of drivers to experience a spin, but after a huge battle with Terry Clearihan came home seventh behind Peter Hill, who also had a quick spin on his way to sixth. The Silver Star Championship battle between Terry Clearihan and Ian Peters is still alive with just one race remaining and Peters holding a seven point lead entering this year's final race. <pre> Race 1 Results
Pos Car Entrant Driver Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap
1 2 Holden Young Lions Rick Kelly 15 19:37.5750 12 1:15.7866 2 6 Birrana Racing Paul Stokell 15 19:39.6944 15 1:15.4891* 3 9 Birrana Racing Brenton Ramsay 15 20:10.1891 10 1:16.8622 4 75 Hocking Motorsport Christian Murchison 15 20:16.9114 12 1:17.1485 5 11 Ralt Australia/Challenge Alan Gurr 15 20:26.1243 10 1:18.0304 6 66 Murphy Motorsport Peter Hill 15 20:48.7579 12 1:18.8126 7 76 Hocking Motorsport Emerson Newton-John 15 20:49.3294 12 1:18.2987 8 27 National Neon Signs Terry Clearihan 15 20:55.3896 12 1:20.7692 9 74 Hocking Motorsport Akihiro Asai 14 20:18.9408 5 1:18.8695 10 24 Ian Peters Ian Peters 14 20:33.3193 14 1:24.1220 11 22 Murphy Motorsport Tim Leahey 12 20:04.0612 12 1:18.2893 DNF 49 Rohan Carrig Rohan Carrig 4 6:16.0153 4 1:26.6839 DNF 12 Ralt Australia Chris Staff DNF 28 Murphy Motorsport Roger Oakeshott
Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 143kph, Race Av.Speed Is 138kph Current Race Lap Record Is 1:14.6435 Set On 01/07/2000 By C. Murchison In A Reynard R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time