Eastern Creek production practice notes

PROVISIONAL POLE KEEPS SHAW ON TOP IN GT PRODUCTION CARS AT EASTERN CREEK SYDNEY driver Ric Shaw continued his domination of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship by claiming provisional pole position in official ...

PROVISIONAL POLE KEEPS SHAW ON TOP IN GT PRODUCTION CARS AT EASTERN CREEK

SYDNEY driver Ric Shaw continued his domination of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship by claiming provisional pole position in official practice today for round three at Eastern Creek International Raceway.

Shaw, the series leader after winning every race and pole position this season, put his Mazda RX-7 around the 3.9 km outer Sydney circuit in 1 minute 46.22 seconds.

Although less than 0.6 sec. faster than second-placed Mark King, in a Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evolution V, Shaw said he was surprised the competition wasn't closer and expected a strong challenge in qualifying tomorrow.

Shaw's biggest threat appears to be King, who set his time despite the failure of his car's four-wheel drive system.

"Because of the mechanical problem, we didn't have a fair dinkum go today. Anyway, Friday is too early to pick a result; tomorrow is pay-day and I think we'll go better," King said.

The 44-car field will compete in two nine-lap races on Sunday.

<pre> RESULTS: Outright 1. Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:46.22 2. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:46.79 3. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:47.95 4. Barry Morcom (Mazda RX-7) 1:48.56 5. Scott Jacob (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:48.57 6. Don Pulver (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:48.78 Class Autobarn High Perf.: Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:46.22 Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood (Honda Integra Type R) 1:50.55 Pennzoil V8 Touring: Scott Loadsman (Holden Commodore SS) 1:51.23 Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: Daryl Coon (Ford Falcon AU XR6) 1:53.31 Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: Melinda Price (Holden Vectra) 1:54.46

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Sat. 10.10 am - practice, 1.30 pm - qualifying. Sun. 12.40 pm, 2.20 pm - race (9 laps each).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Ric Shaw , Melinda Price , Mark King , Bob Hughes , Scott Loadsman , Barry Morcom , David Wood