COURIER MAIL GTP CLASSIC - OCTOBER 15 - 18
HONDA INDY RACE ONE 17th SEPTEMBER 1998
FORBES MAKES LAST LAP PASS TO GRAB VICTORY
Rodney Forbes made a last minute pass to clinch victory in the opening race of The Courier Mail GTP Classic on the streets of Surfers Paradise after a flag to flag fight with Jim Richards.
Richards led from the start and headed the opening three laps before Forbes found a way through.
The pair proceeding to swap positions another seven times and they sliced their way through traffic aboard their Porsche 911 RSCS's.
Richards held the lead heading on to the back straight for the final time but suffered a minor ABS brake problem heading into the first chicane.
This enabled Forbes to get a run on the Bathurst legend and he squeezed his way through under brakes at the next chicane.
"I'm thrilled with the win and I really enjoyed it because I haven't raced as hard and clean like that for a long time," Forbes said.
"I made a bad start which made life tough for me but it was a really great race."
Darren Palmer took third aboard his Ferrari F355 Challenge while Ross Almond pulled off his best ever result with a charging drive aboard his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V.
Almond completed the event despite tagging the wall heavily late in the race with his left rear wheel.
Perry Spiridis (Ferrari F355 Challenge) fought back from his qualifying suspension failure to finish 5th despite enduring a stop-go penalty for missing a chicane.
Bob Thorn (Toyota Supra RZ Twin Turbo) and John Teulan (Nissan Skyline GT-R) also suffered the same fate, dropping them through the field.
Dean Canto was an early retirement after coming from the rear of the grid due to a turbo boost infringement. Canto finished with bodywork rubbing on the right front wheel after clashing with another car while coming through the pack.
Mark King and John Trimbole finished first and second in Class B, both aboard Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IIIs. John Cowley's HSV GTS-R was in the wars after suffering rear bodywork damage when hit by another car and then enduring clutch failure.
David Ratcliff's Toyota Camry CSi took Class C ahead of Mark Cohen's Holden Commodore VS SS.
GTP LIGHTS – GTP SPORTS
Beric Lynton outraced his team-mate Michael Simpson to win the GTP Sports - Class S division aboard his BMW 323i.
Calvin Gardiner was untroubled on his way to the Class D victory in his Mazda 626. Gardiner has won his past three GTP outings in the class.
Aaron McGill bounced back from his Thursday crash to race to victory in Class E in his Suzuki Swift GTi, leading home Nigel Williams and Sue Hughes, also aboard Suzuki's. RESULTS RACE ONE 12 laps 1. Rodney Forbes, Porsche 911 RSCS 25:41.957 2. Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS 25:42.975 3. Darren Palmer, Ferrari F355 Challenge 26:30.547 4. Ross Almond, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III 27:00.950 5. Perry Spiridis, Ferrari F355 Challenge 27:25.680 Class B Mark King, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III 28:01.571 Class C David Ratcliff, Toyota Camry CSi 11 laps Class D Calvin Gardiner, Mazda 626 11 laps Class E Aaron McGill, Suzuki Swift GTi 10 laps Class S Beric Lynton, BMW 323i 11 laps
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