CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP MALLALA PRACTICE 17th JULY 1998 GTP ROOKIE FORBES HEADS THE MALLALA PACE Class A newcomer Rodney Forbes pulled out a stunning performance to head the timesheets in practice for...
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
MALLALA PRACTICE 17th JULY 1998
GTP ROOKIE FORBES HEADS THE MALLALA PACE
Class A newcomer Rodney Forbes pulled out a stunning performance to head the timesheets in practice for round six of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at Mallala today.
The GTP rookie was fastest in the opening session - and to prove it was no fluke - repeated the dose in the afternoon.
Forbes outshone fellow Porsche 911 RSCS drivers Peter Fitzgerald and Domenic Beninca while championship leader Garry Waldon was missing in the Dodge Viper GTS Coupe after rolling the car in a major practice accident on Wednesday.
Forbes was thrilled with the result but believes there is more improvement still to come.
"Obviously, to top the timesheet on the opening day of my first ever drive at this track is very pleasing," Forbes said.
"Everyone will get quicker as the weekend continues but it is nice to start out on top and have everyone chase your time rather than the other way round.
"You can't rest on your laurels on Friday ... you really have to keep trying to improve all weekend."
Carrying new sponsorship from Ferrari Eau De Toilette, Neil Crompton pushed the Ferrari F355 Challenge to fourth fastest in the afternoon, swapping places with Mazda RX7 driver Terry Bosnjak.
Paul Stokell returned aboard the Lotus Elise Sport 190 after missing the previous round at Lakeside because of an Eastern Creek crash.
Ross Halliday impressed aboard the new Team Toshiba Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V, running slightly quicker in the newer car, as team-mate to Ross Almond.
Chris Kousparis continued his impressive Lakeside form to dominate Class B, running nearly 1/2 second quicker aboard his Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo than rivals Murray Carter (Nissan 200SX), Ron Barnacle (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo III) and Dean Canto (Subaru Impreza WRX).
Mallala specialist Rob Chadwick used his home-town advantage to good effect to lead Class C in his Mitsubishi Magna TE Sports. Peter McKay (Ford Falcon XR8) and Mark Cohen (Holden Commodore VS SS) trailed the local driver.
Quiet achiever Phil Kirkham pulled out his most dominant performance of the year aboard his Mazda 626 to lead the GTP Lights Class D division.
Kirkham headed a squad of Toyota MR2s including Ric Shaw, Clayton Haynes and Colin Osborne.
Nigel Stones and Aaron McGill continued their battle in Class E aboard the dominant Suzuki Swift GTis while Championship leader, Stones, headed the timesheets in both sessions.
Darren Best's Hyundai Excel Sprint Twin Cam also return to the track after missing recent rounds.
RESULTS SESSION ONE 1. Rodney Forbes, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.755 2. Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.812 3. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.892 4. Terry Bosnjak, Mazda RX7 SP 1:13.975 Class B Chris Kousparis, Subaru Impreza WRX 1:19.920 Class C Rob Chadwick, Mitsubishi Magna TE 1:24.000 Class D Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 1:23.492 Class E Nigel Stones, Suzuki Swift GTi 1:25.753 SESSION TWO 1. Rodney Forbes, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.612 2. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.619 3. Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS 1:13.796 4. Neil Crompton, Ferrari F355 Challenge 1:14.271 Class B Chris Kousparis, Subaru Impreza WRX 1:19.734 Class C Rob Chadwick, Mitsubishi Magna TE 1:23.979 Class D Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 1:23.009 Class E Nigel Stones, Suzuki Swift GTi 1:25.768