Mildura teenager Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) made it two from two with a resounding Sunday race win at Canberra this morning. Kelly survived the early advances of closest rival Christian Murchison to go to the line and his...
Mildura teenager Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) made it two from two with a resounding Sunday race win at Canberra this morning. Kelly survived the early advances of closest rival Christian Murchison to go to the line and his fifth championship win of the year in his rookie season. A brief Safety Car period mid-race allowed the field to close up, but Kelly proved his class to take the win, and in doing so extended his championship lead to a mammoth 71 points.
Murchison closed in on second placed points holder Stewart McColl, absent from this weekend's races due to the recent sale of his NRC teams equipment, although his Hocking Motorsport machine will need some fine-tuning if he is to throw out a championship challenge to the dominant Kelly.
Dale Brede (Hocking Motorsport - Reynard 98D) survived a spin to rocket through from the rear of the grid to claim third place at the flag, ahead of Peter Hill (M ONE 11 - Reynard 95D). The latter scoring his first podium finish on aggregate points over Terry Clearihan. This pair once again enjoying a hectic mid-race dice, with Clearihan holding out the fast-finishing Con Toparis (Casino Canberra/ Pura Milk - Reynard 96D) for fifth at the flag. The top finishers were rounded out by Ian Peters (Tandy - Reynard 91D), Roger Oakeshott and Rohan Carrig, with the only retirement being Alan Gurr (Konica/ Challenge - Reynard 94D), who survived a frightening crash on the opening lap whilst looking for a way by Clearihan.
<pre> RACE 2 RESULTS
Pos Car Driver Vehicle CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap
1 2 RICK KELLY REYNARD 94D 10 19:18.6043 9 1:40.2850* 2 75 CHRISTIAN MURCHISON REYNARD 97D 10 19:22.2327 8 1:41.1225 3 74 DALE BREDE REYNARD 97D 10 19:42.4661 10 1:44.8797 4 66 PETER HILL REYNARD 95D 10 19:45.8682 10 1:45.6759 5 27 TERRY CLEARIHAN RALT RT23 10 19:50.0926 3 1:46.9195 6 12 CON TOPARIS REYNARD 94D 10 19:50.6241 10 1:47.1726 7 24 IAN PETERS REYNARD 91D 10 19:52.1804 10 1:47.4165 8 28 ROGER OAKESHOTT REYNARD 97D 10 19:54.1076 10 1:48.1450 9 49 ROHAN CARRIG REYNARD 89D 10 20:27.2792 9 1:52.5105 DNF 11 ALAN GURR REYNARD 94D
Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 140kph 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
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship (Top Ten)
1 Rick Kelly 145pts; 2 Stewart McColl 74pts; 3 Christian Murchison 72pts; 4 Simon Wills 60pts; 5 Peter Hill 52pts; 6 Alan Gurr 46pts; 7 Terry Clearihan 32pts; 8 Ian Peters 29pts; 9 Emerson Newton-John 25pts; 10 Roger Oakeshott 25pts