Ferraris fastest at Adeladie practice

FERRARIS dominated the first official practice session for the Grand Touring Challenge on the Adelaide grand prix street circuit today. Driving a Prancing Horse team Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, Nations Cup star Mark Noske topped the...

FERRARIS dominated the first official practice session for the Grand Touring Challenge on the Adelaide grand prix street circuit today.

Driving a Prancing Horse team Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge, Nations Cup star Mark Noske topped the session with a time of 1 minute 43.84 seconds around the 3.9 km track in fine, hot conditions.

Teammate Rod Wilson was second fastest in his first drive in another of the $350,000 coupes, followed by veteran Bryan Thomson in a Toyota Supra RZ.

Recently-crowned Australian GT Production Car Champion Mark King, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V, was fastest in the High Performance class, while Peter McKay topped the Sport Touring class in a Honda Integra Type R.

A total of 26 cars took part in practice. A night qualifying session at 7 pm will determine starting order for the first of two Grand Touring Challenge races, a 40 minute event tomorrow.

The Grand Touring Challenge is the main support event for the international Le Mans series Race of a Thousand Years on New Year's eve. <pre> RESULTS (Practice):

Outright 1. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 1:43.84 2. Rod Wilson (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 1:48.52 3. Bryan Thomson (Toyota Supra RZ) 1:50.67 4. Winston Kim (Porsche GT3) 1:52.22 5. Michael Downard (Porsche GT3) 1:52.61 6. Rusty French (Dodge Viper ACR) 1:52.89 High Performance Class Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:54.27 Sports Touring Class Peter McKay (Honda Integra Type R) 1:59.90

TIMETABLE: Friday 7.00 pm - Qualifying (40 min.). Saturday 3.45 pm - Race 1# (40 min.). Sunday 2.20 pm - Race 2# (12 laps).

-- Chris Nixon

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