Procar Championship Series
Grand Final Round
Oran Park, NSW
Stokell, Pearson Claim Oran Park Pole Positions In Procar Series Grand Final Round
LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell will start from pole position in the deciding round of the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship after topping qualifying in his Lamborghini Diablo GTR at Oran Park Raceway, near Sydney, today.
In a spectacular display behind the wheel of his $700,000 Italian coupe, the three-time Australian Gold Star champion stopped the clocks at 1 minute 12.17 seconds for a lap of the 2.6 km circuit.
Stokell was two-tenths of a second faster than second-placed Geoff Morgan, in a Chrysler Viper, but the margin was just two-hundredths of a second when Mazda RX-7 driver Bob Pearson pipped Subaru¹s Brett Peters in qualifyng for the eighth and final round of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship (GTP).
The Nations Cup and GTP will be among the highlights of tomorrow's 16-race PROCAR Championship Series 2001 grand final meeting.
The program, starting at 9 am, also will include the Australian Formula 3 Championship, Poolrite V8 BRute Muster, Toyo Mitsubishi Mirage Series and Holden HQ State Championship.
Several Australian championships will be settled tomorrow.
Defending Nations Cup champion Jim Richards is leading the current pointscore in a Porsche GT3 and finished fourth today. Stokell's qualifying effort brought him one point closer to Richards, but the margin remains a comfortable 103 points with little more than a mathematical chance of the order being reversed after tomorrow's three races.
In GTP, series leader Peters needs only four points to clinch the title in his rookie season. His only possible challenger, Victorian Philip Polites, virtually lost his chance by qualifying only 14th, his Commodore GTS clearly not back up to speed after a heavy crash yesterday.
In the close battle for the GTP Poolrite V8 Touring car class championship, leader Scott Loadsman put his Commodore SS on pole position by more than 1.5 seconds over Brian Carr (Falcon XR8), who trails in the table by only five points.
David Russell easily topped the Poolrite 4-Cylinder class in a Proton Satria GTi and looks set to wrap up his class championship tomorrow ahead of Luke Youlden (Holden Astra).
Qualifying Results (top 3)
1 P. Stokell (Lamborghini) 1:12.17
2 G. Morgan (Viper) 1:12.37
3 J. Bowe (Ferrari) 1:12.84
1 B. Pearson (Mazda) 1:17.31
2 B. Peters (Subaru) 1:17.33
3 W. Boatwright (Subaru) 1:17.56
High Performance: B. Pearson
Sports Touring: S. McColl (VW Beetle) 1:20.37 V8: S. Loadsman (Commodore) 1:20.30
6-Cylinder: A. Holgersson (Camry) 1:22.26
4-Cylinder: D. Russell (Proton) 1:22.43
1 M. Donaher (Falcon) 1:23.39
2 D. White (Falcon) 1:23.44
3 G. Denyer (Falcon) 1:24.10
1 P. Hackett (Dallara) 1:07.37
2 D. Palmer (Dallara) 1:08.56
3 J. Cressey (Dallara) 1:08.89
PROCAR Champ Series - At a Glance
* Racing - starts Sunday 9 am, 16 races
* Venue - Oran Park Raceway, corner Northern & Cobbity Roads, Narellan; near Camden
* Featuring -
- Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship (Rd 8)
- Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship - GT Performance Series and GT Production Series (Rd 8)
- Poolrite V8 BRute Muster (non-championship)
- Australian Formula 3 Championship (Rd 7)
- Toyo Mitsubishi Mirage Series (Rd 6)
- Holden HQ State Championship (Rd 6)
* Tickets - Adult $30 (child $15). Children under 10 free
* Information - Oran Park Raceway, ph. (02) 4646 1004, www.oranpark.com, www.procar.com.au