Lamborghini ace Paul Stokell served notice he will be the driver to beat in this weekend's fifth round of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship when he dominated official practice at Oran Park, near Sydney, today. Stokell's best lap...
Lamborghini ace Paul Stokell served notice he will be the driver to beat in this weekend's fifth round of the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship when he dominated official practice at Oran Park, near Sydney, today.
Stokell's best lap time of 1 minute 9.15 seconds was a substantial 0.7 sec. faster than that of John Bowe, who leads the Meguiar's Drivers Championship standings in his Ferrari 360GT.
Greg Crick was third-fastest in a Chrysler Viper, followed by Stokell's Lamborghini teammate Anthony Tratt and Peter Brock and Nathan Pretty in Holden Monaros.
Before this weekend, both Stokell and Bowe said they expected the other to be faster on Oran Park's layout of a long straight and twisting back section.
But Stokell's smile after practice told the story.
"The Lamborghini's going really well here and we've only got a bit of fine tuning of the suspension to do to get it right on the money for qualifying tomorrow," he said.
Bowe commented: "That Lamborghini is unbelieveably fast -- everywhere."
The Nations Cup GT sports cars will contest three races on Sunday, headlining an 18-race program at the PROCAR Champ Series meeting.
More than 160 cars are entered in seven championship categories.
In practice for round five of the Australian GT Performance Championship for production touring cars, Sydney's Bob Pearson was fastest by six-hundredths of a second ahead of Peter Floyd, in a Holden HSV GTS. The first nine cars were separated by less than one second.
Defending champion and local expert Warren Luff dominated the Poolrite V8 BRutes Series practice in a Ford Falcon XR8 ute. James Brock was second-fastest in a Holden SS.
As well as racing, attractions on Sunday will include three public autograph sessions with drivers and a ute muster, which is expected to attract several hundred roadgoing utes in support of the V8 BRutes.
Further information about the PROCAR Champ Series meeting, including ticket prices, entry lists and race times, is available on www.procar.com.au
Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship
1. Paul Stokell (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo GTR 1min. 9.15 sec.
2. John Bowe (Vic.) Ferrari 360GT 1:09.85
3. Greg Crick (Tas,) Chrysler Viper 1:10.61
4. Anthony Tratt (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo GTR1:10.80
5. Peter Brock (Vic.) Holden Monaro 1:10.88
6. Nathan Pretty (Vic.) Holden Monaro 1:11.10
1. James Koundouris (ACT) Porsche GT3 1:13.48
2. Vijay Angelo (NSW) BMW M Coupe 1:16.56
3. Sam Newman (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo SVR 1:16.68
Outright points standings, after four of eight rounds
1. John Bowe 289
2. Paul Stokell 255
3. Nathan Pretty 205
4. Peter Brock 129
5. Greg Crick (Viper) 121
6. Sam Newman (Lamborghini) 86.
Australian GT Performance Championship
1. Bob Pearson (NSW) Mazda RX-7 1 min. 17.11 sec.
2. Peter Floyd (Vic.) Holden HSV GTS 1:17.17
3. Bob Hughes (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI1:17.68
4. Wayne Boatwright (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX STi1:17.69
5. Justin Hemmes (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX STi1:17.76
6. Steve Cramp (SA) BMW M Coupe 1:17.90
Poolrite V8 BRutes Series
1. Warren Luff (NSW) Ford Falcon XR8 1 min. 21.65sec.
2. James Brock (Vic.) Holden SS 1:22.53
3. Gary MacDonald (NSW) Holden 1:22.62
4. Grant Denyer (NSW) Ford 1:22.78
5. Dave Griffin (NSW) Holden 1:22.80
6. Damien White (NSW) Ford 1:22.87