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2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Round 4 Race 1 Report - Canberra, 9th June 2001 Kelly Extends Championship Lead 18-YEAR-OLD Mildura based driver Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) scored his fourth Holden Australian ...

2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Round 4 Race 1 Report - Canberra, 9th June 2001

Kelly Extends Championship Lead

18-YEAR-OLD Mildura based driver Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) scored his fourth Holden Australian Drivers' Championship win after a dominant display on the streets of Canberra this afternoon. In cool and overcast conditions Kelly went to the line ahead of Hocking Motorsport's Christian Murchison, the Singaporean unable to do anything about Kelly's dominance despite setting an almost identical fastest lap time late in the race.

NSW's Alan Gurr (Konica/ Challenge - Reynard 94D) finished in a strong third for the third time this season and gained a fist full of championship points in the process. Coming home in a brilliant, career-best fourth spot was local Canberra 'ace' Terry Clearihan (Ralt RT23), who survived a wheel-banging battle with Victorian extreme-sports entrepreneur Peter Hill (M ONE 11 - Reynard 95D). Hill and Clearihan turned their valuable FH machines into dirt-track specials in what was an intense 'winner take all' skirmish mid-race. Hill eventually made it past Clearihan at his second attempt, only to run wide and drop back as the pair recovered - although not before Hill did a bit of full-blooded tyre barrier bull-dozing.

Dramas for Dale Brede (oil leak) and Roger Oakeshott (Sportsmed - Reynard 97D) depleted the mid-field, which saw FH 'new boy' Con Toparis (Casino Canberra/ Pura Milk - Reynard 96D) hold out Ian Peters (Tandy - Reynard 91D and Rohan Carrig (CRD - Reynard 89D) for the minor placings.

RACE 1 RESULTS

Pos  Car Driver                 Entrant                        Laps  Race.Time    Fastest...Lap
1     2  RICK KELLY             HOLDEN YOUNG LIONS             10    16:57.6358   4 1:40.9000*
2    75  CHRISTIAN MURCHISON    CHRIS HOCKING                  10    17:00.1883   8 1:40.9807
3    11  ALAN GURR              KONICA - TELECEL               10    17:37.6903   4 1:44.6405
4    27  TERRY CLEARIHAN        NATIONAL NEON SIGNS CANBERRA   10    18:05.3875   7 1:46.2393
5    66  PETER HILL             M-ONE-11 TRANS ELEMENT         10    18:17.8011   7 1:43.6900
6    24  IAN PETERS             IAN PETERS                     10    18:42.5151   9 1:48.5822
7    12  CON TOPARIS            JONH HERMAN                    10    18:45.2554   8 1:50.3223
8    49  ROHAN CARRIG           ROHAN CARRIG                    9    17:19.7253   4 1:51.9455
DNF  74  DALE BREDE             CHRIS HOCKING                   5     9:09.3106   4 1:47.5945
DNF  28  ROGER OAKESHOTT        HOCKING MOTOR SPORT             4     7:36.2695   3 1:52.8873

Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 139kph Current Lap Record Is 1:39.5409 Set On 10/06/2000 By Simon Wills In A Reynard 94D R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rick Kelly , Simon Wills , Dale Brede , Alan Gurr , Peter Hill , Christian Murchison