July 15, 2001 - A record weekend total crowd of 35,625 motor racing fans enjoyed Round 7 of the Shell Championship Series (SCS) for V8 Supercars, the 25th running of an Australian Touring Car Championship / SCS Round at Melbourne's home of ...
July 15, 2001 - A record weekend total crowd of 35,625 motor racing fans enjoyed Round 7 of the Shell Championship Series (SCS) for V8 Supercars, the 25th running of an Australian Touring Car Championship / SCS Round at Melbourne's home of motorsport, Calder Park. (Sunday crowd attendance - 26,500).
Contrary to adverse weather predictions, cool and sunny conditions prevailed on Sunday for the three Shell Championship Series races won by Queenslanders Steven Johnson (Ford) and Paul Morris (Race two and three winner - Holden).
Morris' two race victories gave the Big Kev sponsored Commodore driver his first ever V8 Supercar round victory and pole position (earned by his race two victory), capping off a brilliant day for the Holden driver. Morris and Russell Ingall responded aggressively to the recent Ford V8 Supercar onslought over the past three Shell Series rounds, while points leader Mark Skaife lost out to a black flag induced stop / go penalty after a turn one impact with Steven Johnson. Skaife spent the rest of the day in fightback mode from the rear of the field.
Skaife retains his lead in the Shell Championship Series after seven rounds, but his HRT team mate Jason Bright is now only 17 points behind after a solid Calder Park performance, with Ingall third ahead of Johnson.
Not unlike many of the memorable ATCC/SCS battles held at Calder Park since 1969, Morris' race three victory was taken by the smallest winning margin of the season, a brisk 0.1465s.
The Calder Park event was the first Shell Series round of the season where Holden drivers set the fastest laps in all three races, but the Calder Park lap record set by Craig Lowndes in '99 - also in a Holden, remains very much in tact. Jason Bright and Russell Ingall are the only two drivers to complete 100% race distances for the season after the this round, with 1,884km of racing for the season completed.
The action packed day of Calder Park racing saw Formula Holden driver Rick Kelly blast his way to two unchallenged victories, the Mildura driver well on his way to becoming the first rookie to win the coveted CAMS Gold Star Award. In the Formula Fords, Will Davison and Will Power scored victories in the two exciting races. (Full support category results follow).
Bob Jane, the first ever winner of an ATCC Round at Calder Park (Round 1, 1969) and owner of the circuit, was delighted with the record breaking Calder Park V8 Supercar attendance over the weekend. Jane feels that this is largely due to the quality and appeal of Shell V8 Supercar Series racing.
"Its been a fantastic day, the weather was on our side and we broke a five year attendance record today. Like Big Kev says, I'm excited! - It was great to see a popular first tiome winner like Paul Morris take out the round. I spoke to hundreds of race fans this weekend, they had a great time and will be back next year. This is a credit to Avesco along with the Shell Series teams and drivers," Jane said
Calder Park Motorsport Promotions would like to take this opportunity to thank the Melbourne and national media for their support of the 25th running of this event at Calder, contributing greatly to its success. /ends. <pre>
Results - V8 Supercar Race One - 11:30am / 21 Laps. Cool and partly cloudy.
1. Steven Johnson - Shell Helix Racing AU Falcon - 20.11.6398s 2. Paul Morris - Big Kev Racing VT Commodore - 20:15.4159s 3. Marcos Ambrose - Pirtek Racing AU Falcon - 20:16.8992s 4. Russell Ingall - Castrol Perkins Racing VX Commodore - 20:17.0107s 5. Paul Radisich - Shell Helix Racing AU Falcon - 20:17.6746s
V8 Supercar Race Two - 1:30pm / 21 Laps
1. Paul Morris - Big Kev Racing VT Commodore - 20:19.3653s 2. Russell Ingall - Castrol Perkins Racing VX Commodore -20:19.7082s 3. Jason Bright - Holden Racing Team VT Commodore - 20:20.4293s 4. Paul Radisich - Shell Helix Racing AU Falcon - 20:20.7211s 5. Marcus Ambrose - Pirtek Racing AU Falcon - 20:23.7762s
V8 Supercar Race Three - 3:30pm - 21 Laps
1. Paul Morris - Big Kev Racing VT Commodore - 24.45.4588s 2. Paul Radisich - Shell Helix Racing AU Falcon - 24:45.6053s 3. Russell Ingall - Castrol Perkins Racing VX Commodore - 24.45.8330s 4. Steven Johnson - Shell Helix Racing AU Falcon - 24:46.0892s 5. Jason Bright - Holden Racing Team VX Commodore - 24:46.3470s
SHELL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTSCORE AFTER ROUND 7 - 1. Mark Skaife 1720, 2. Jason Bright 1720 3. Russell Ingall 1496, 4. Steven Johnson 1488, 5. Marcus Ambrose 1262, 6. Greg Murphy 1218.
Calder Park Support Category Results:
Saloon Car Race Two - 9:00am
1. Bruce Heinrich - EA Falcon 2. Anthony Evangelou - EB Falcon 3. Vince Gatt - EA Falcon
Saloon Car Race Three -2:45pm
1. Bruce Heinrich 2. Vince Gatt 3. Anthony Evangelou
Formula Ford Race One - 9:30am
1. Will Davison 2. Will Power 3. Jamie Whincup
Formula Holden Race One - 12:05pm - 21 Laps
1. Rick Kelly - Birrana Racing 2. Christian Murchison - Hocking Motorsport 3. Emerson Newton-John - Ralt Australia
Formula Ford Race Two - 12:40pm
1. Will Power 2. Will Davison 3. Stuart Kostera
Formula Holden Race Two - 2:00pm
1. Rick Kelly 2. Christian Murchison 3. Emerson Newton-John
HQ Holden Race Two - 2:25pm (Red Flagged after 4 laps)
1. Kim Read 2. Mark Wicks 3. Richard Fairlam
HQ Holden Race Three - 4:20pm
1. Kim Read 2. Glen McDonald 3. Travis Lindorff