SHAW CLAIMS FOURTH POLE, BUT GT PRODUCTION MITSUBISHIS CHALLENGE AT EASTERN CREEK
MAZDA driver Ric Shaw maintained his unbeaten qualifying record in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship with a pole position for round three at Eastern Creek, near Sydney, today.
Shaw set a time of 1 minute 45.33 seconds in his rotary-engined Mazda RX-7, the one point for his fourth pole bringing his score in the drivers championship to 48 points, 18 clear of closest rival Bob Hughes.
Hughes, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evolution V, was third in the qualifying session for tomorrow=B9s two nine-lap races, behind Mark King in an identical car.
In the class competition, David Wood was fastest in Hippies Sports Touring in a Honda Integra Type R and 20-year-old Craig Dontas, from Adelaide, muscled his 5.7 Holden Commodore to pole in Pennzoil V8 Touring.
David Ratcliff, driving a Toyota Camry, held off Rob Chadwick=B9s Mitsubishi Magna and Daryl Coon=B9s Ford Falcon XR6 for the Pennzoil Six-cylinder Touring class. In the Poolrite Four-cylinder Touring class, Nathan Thomas kept his 1.3 litre Suzuki Swift GTi ahead of Melinda Price (Holden Vectra) and Warren Luff (Peugeot 306).
<pre> RESULTS: Outright 1. Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:45.33 2. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:46.09 3. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:46.15 4. Phil Kirkham (Mazda RX-7) 1:46.84 5. Dennis Gilbert (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:47.54 6. Scott Jacob (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:47.62 Class Autobarn High Perf.: Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:46.22 Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood (Honda Integra Type R) 1:50.23 Pennzoil V8 Touring: Craig Dontas (Holden Commodore SS) 1:51.24 Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: David Ratcliff (Toyota Camry) 1:51.49 Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: Nathan Thomas (Suzuki Swift GTi) 1:52.99
TIMETABLE: Sun. 12.40 pm - race 1 (9 laps), 2.20 pm - race 2 (9 laps).