April 7, 2001- 21 year old NRC Racing driver Stewart McColl has once again earned a podium finish in only his second Formula Holden Championship round at the Adelaide Street Circuit today. McColl drove his ill-handling NRC Racing / Motorola ...
April 7, 2001- 21 year old NRC Racing driver Stewart McColl has once again earned a podium finish in only his second Formula Holden Championship round at the Adelaide Street Circuit today.
McColl drove his ill-handling NRC Racing / Motorola Reynard 95D to a superb second place finish behind series leader Rick Kelly, with Alan Gurr taking third after the first of two 15 lap Formula Holden races being held at the Clipsal 500, Australia's largest domestic motor racing event.
The Newcastle driver continued his improving form at this demanding 3.2 kilometre street circuit during the race, never losing sight of the race leader throughout the battle. McColl greeted the chequered flag five seconds behind Kelly, and a staggering 48 seconds ahead of Gurr.
Polesetter Simon Wills led the race for the first five laps before a mechanical failure sidelined the Kiwi and only seven of the fifteen cars that started the race made it to the chequered flag.
The scene is set for a classic showdown tomorrow as McColl lines up on the front row alongside rival rookie Rick Kelly for the second Clipsal 500 support race.
Stewart McColl - "Its great to be second here in Adelaide, the car was handling better, but the ride over the bumps was very rough - I launched the car over the kerbs a couple of times and damaged the front wing as a consequence of that. With some further handling improvements done overnight, my plan is to get out in front at the start tomorrow and take my first Formula Holden victory."
Emerson Newton-John update - After closer evaluation of the damage to Emmo's car after his spectacular accident during qualifying earlier this morning (Saturday), team owner Arthur Abrahams with chief engineers Matthew Boniface and Mark Geier decided to repair the NRC Racing Reynard 95D.
The extensive damage included the replacement of all parts located on the right hand side of the car, substantial gearbox damage, all front and rear wings, floor damage along with major sidepod, bonnet and engine cover damage. The team anticipates a timeframe of approximately six hours for these repairs to be carried out and are confident that Newton-John will be back on the track by the Sunday morning warm up at 8:15am. Fortunately, Newton-John is suffering no ill-effects after the high impact accident as has been cleared by the circuit medical authorities to compete.