FHOLDEN: Calder test 2001-06-29

A number of new faces appeared at the Formula Holden Test Day to sample some of Australia's fastest open wheeler action around the Calder circuit earlier this week. Alongside these new faces, most of the current crop of championship aspirants also...

A number of new faces appeared at the Formula Holden Test Day to sample some of Australia's fastest open wheeler action around the Calder circuit earlier this week. Alongside these new faces, most of the current crop of championship aspirants also took advantage of fine weather to push their high speed machinery right to the limits of adhesion ..and beyond !

Taking a first ever ride in a Formula Holden with Hocking Motorsport's Reynard 98D was Porsche Cup competitor Simon Froude. Froude completed around 10 laps and absolutely loved it. Richard Catchlove, a sports sedan driver also completed around 20 laps in the Hocking Motorsport machine sampling both the Reynard 92D and 97D. Catchlove was left speechless after hopping out of the Formula Holden, in the words of Team Boss Chris Hocking "grinning like a Cheshire cat from ear to ear!"

Sampling Formula Holden for the first time the day before at Winton, Nations Cup driver John Teulan stepped into the number 74 Reynard 98D to have a crack at the fastest racing cars in Australia. John completed a couple of stints on the twisty Winton layout, with over 30 laps in the car.

Mark Ellis and Chris Hocking also took the opportunity to post some fast laps at Calder, Chris in his number 74 Reynard 98D and Mark in his Renyard 92D.

Fresh from his Canberra podium result, Peter Hill completed at least 40 laps in his M ONE 11 machine, experimenting with different setup options as the day progressed. He ended up with a best for the day in the mid 55 second bracket. Hill also went very well the day before at Winton, posting his fastest ever times at the tight Winton layout.

Singapore driver Christian Murchison completed at least 50 laps, testing the limits of adhesion a number of times, most notably under the Goodyear bridge, where the 20 year old performed an amazing tyre smoking 180 degree spin turn to the delight of the nearby ActiveTV camera crew. Murchison finished the day with a best time in the high 54 second bracket.

19 year old Sydney Driver Alan Gurr had his first run on the Calder layout in the Challenge Recruitment Reynard 94D running over 60 laps. Gurr dived into the 55 second bracket in his second outing before finishing the day in the mid 54 second bracket, a very impressive performance for the Rookie.

Current championship leader Rick Kelly spent a large amount of time on the track, also completing one or two spins before finishing up with a best time in the low 54 second bracket, the Holden Young Lions team experimenting with various spring and aerodynamic changes over the day.

Exclusive test day photos can be found at www.formulaholden.com under PHOTOS.

Formula Holden drivers will take to the track for Round 5 of the Holden Australian Drivers Championship on July 13th - 15th at the Calder Circuit in Victoria. k

-F-Holden

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rick Kelly , John Teulan , Alan Gurr , Richard Catchlove , Peter Hill , Christian Murchison , Mark Ellis