2 June, 2003 - In only his second event aboard the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII Garry Holt showed great pace to almost snare the Australian GT Performance victory in the third round of the PROCAR Championship at Wakefield Park...
2 June, 2003 - In only his second event aboard the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII Garry Holt showed great pace to almost snare the Australian GT Performance victory in the third round of the PROCAR Championship at Wakefield Park last weekend.
Holt was on the pace from the outset of the weekend before converting that pace into a successful qualifying effort setting the fastest qualifying time of 1:05.11 around the tight 2.2 kilometre circuit.
This qualifying time was three-tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival.
With Holt continuing to adapt to the characteristics of the Lancer he had some slight trouble getting of the line in the opening event dropping him to second behind Mark King.
Continuing to charge in second place aboard the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE EVO VII Holt lowered the lap record for GT Production in the process and crossed the line just over half a second behind King.
"I just couldn't get off the start other than that the car was perfect, as can be seen by the new lap record," said Holt after the opening event.
The second event started in a similar to the opener where Holt had trouble getting off the line in the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE EVOVII but still managed to slot into second spot during the opening lap.
Throughout the 14-lap event Holt hounded the rear of the race leader, King but was unable to find a way past into the lead again settling for second, but his best drive was yet to come.
Holt was given a stop-go penalty for creeping at the start to drop well down the order of the third event. Showing great character and pace he continued to put the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE EVOII in the spotlight charging back to 10th spot at the finish.
His results placed him second overall for the round, a superb achievement in only his second race aboard the car.
"The pace that we showed today is an absolute credit to Nigel Bolling and Robert Devonshire who have worked tirelessly to get the team up the front," Holt commented after his second placing for the round.
But Holt wasn't the only star for the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE team last weekend.
After capturing his fifth Australian Karting Championships Troy Hunt is making a successful transition into the Mitsubishi Mirage Series taking out the round in stylish fashion.
The 22-year-old set the fastest time in qualifying, only to be put to the back of the grid due to a minor technical infringement.
Hunt didn't let this affect him, it actually fired him up more than anything to charge through the pack and finish second in the opening event. He then went on to record two dominating victories in the remaining events in the Eastern Creek Karts/2UE Mirage.
The Eastern Creek Karts/2UE team will now complete some further development on both cars before an assault on the next round of the PROCAR Champ Series to be held at Queensland Raceway on June 14/15.