Bathurst McConville puts Holden on pole for VIP GTP enduro

HOLDEN V8s will start favorite for tomorrow's V.I.P. Petfoods GTP 2-Hour Showroom Showdown after qualifying 1-2 ahead of a quartet of Japanese turbocharged cars today at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Cameron McConville, driving a Holden Commodore...

HOLDEN V8s will start favorite for tomorrow's V.I.P. Petfoods GTP 2-Hour Showroom Showdown after qualifying 1-2 ahead of a quartet of Japanese turbocharged cars today at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

Cameron McConville, driving a Holden Commodore GTS, took pole position with a time of 2 minutes 29.71 seconds during an extraordinary session in which drivers of the outright and class-leading cars were an average of 3.0 seconds faster than in practice yesterday.

Last year's winners Ed Aitken and John Faulkner were second-fastest in another Commodore, pipping the third-placed Mitsubishi of Graham Alexander/John Woodberry by just one-hundredth of a second.

McConville's co-driver Peter Floyd will take the race start at 1.35 pm tomorrow and says the team is hopeful of staying in front until the finish.

"We hope we'll get through with just one pit stop for fuel, tyres, brake pads and a driver change, although it will be a fairly long one, while the Mitsubishis and Subarus will need two stops for fuel," Floyd said.

John Bowe/Chris Dunn (Ford Mustang Cobra) suffered a clutch problem and after qualified ninth.

In the class competition, VW Beetle works drivers Tim Leahy and Matthew Coleman will start from pole in Hippies Sports Touring and Ian Luff put in an impressive drive to qualify first in a Holden Commodore SS co-driven with Scott Loadsman in the Poolrite V8 Touring class.

Luff's son Warren took pole with Robert Chadwick in 6-Cylinder Touring, while pole in 4-Cylinder Touring went to David Russell and Nathan Thomas in a Proton Satria GTi.

<pre> RESULTS (qualifying): Min., sec. 1. P. Floyd/C. McConville (Holden Commodore GTS) 2:29.71 2. E. Aitken/J. Faulkner (Holden Commodore GTS) 2:30.17 3. G. Alexander/J. Woodberry (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) 2:30.18 4. R. Hughes/T. Quinn (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI) 2:30.76 5. M. King/R. Wilson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) 2:30.92 6. B. Peters/M. Algadri (Subaru Impreza STi) 2:31.61 Meguiar's Top Marques High Performance: P. Floyd/C. McConville Hippies Sports Touring: T. Leahy/M. Coleman (VW Beetle RSi) 2:39.67 Poolrite V8 Touring: S. Loadsman/I. Luff (Holden Commodore SS) 2:34.88 Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring: R. Chadwick/W. Luff (Mitsubishi Magna) 2:41.62 Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring: D. Russell/N. Thomas (Proton Satria GTi) 2:48.31

BATHURST TIMETABLE: Saturday - 7.45 am Warm-up (20 minutes), 1.35 pm V.I.P. Petfoods GTP 2-Hour Showroom Showdown.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Cameron McConville , John Bowe , Peter Floyd , John Woodberry , Scott Loadsman , Ian Luff , David Russell