NRC Racing Oran Park qualifying

March 17, 2001 - 25 year old Canberra based V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has rounded off the top ten on the grid for the first of tomorrow's three Konica V8 Supercar Series races at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway. Despite improving marginally on...

March 17, 2001 - 25 year old Canberra based V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has rounded off the top ten on the grid for the first of tomorrow's three Konica V8 Supercar Series races at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.

Despite improving marginally on his practice session times which were held in damp and cool conditions, the NRC Racing VT Commodore V8 Supercar driver was unable to better the 1 minute 11 second barrier due to a series of set up anomalies during the much warmer twenty minute session.

Although this result is in stark contrast to Brede's debut V8 Supercar front row qualifying effort at Goulburn's Wakefield Park circuit three weeks ago, the rookie driver and team remains confident of an improvement in performance for Sunday's three races. Just 1.2 seconds separated the Oran Park Konica Series top ten qualifiers.

"We made a set up change during the second practice session but it was declared due to a red flag before we had a chance to try it out. We realised during qualifying that we had gone the wrong way with this set up change and wasted our opportunity on new tyres to set a top time. We know that we have the speed to race well tomorrow and with some set up changes, we might be able to make the best out of a bad situation," Dale said.

Konica V8 Supercar Series action in Sydney fires up tomorrow (Sunday March 18) from 9:15am with a fifteen minute Warm Up session, followed by three twenty minute races at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

<pre> TOP TEN QUALIFYING RESULTS - Sunny, 23C - 2:15pm

1. Simon Wills - 1:09.9021s 2. Michael Simpson - 1:10.0844 3. David Parsons - 1:10.2340 4. Leanne Ferrier - 1:10.2915 5. Paul Dumbrell - 1:10.3960 6. Mal Rose - 1:10.3642 7. Craig Harris - 1:10.4254 8. Owen Kelly - 1:10.6921 9. Gary Holt - 1:11.1132 *10. Dale Brede - 1:11.1424*

PRACTICE SESSION 1 - DAMP CIRCUIT / 9:15am - Cool and Cloudy

*12th - Dale Brede - VT Commodore - 1:13.0341s (Engine misfire problem)

1. David Parsons - VT Commodore- 1:10.9802s 2. Owen Kelly - VS Commodore - 1:11.2602 3. Simon Wills - VT Commodore - 1:11.6049 4. Mal Rose - VS Commodore - 1:11.6260 5. Greg Crick - VS Commodore - 1:11.9173

PRACTICE SESSION 2 - DRY CIRCUIT / 11:15am - Overcast

1. Simon Wills - VT Commodore - 1:10.5388s 2. Mal Rose - VS Commodore - 1:11.0023 3. David Parsons - VT Commodore - 1:11.0950 4. Owen Kelly - VS Commodore - 1:11.2604 *5. Dale Brede - VT Commodore - 1:11.2620* (Gap to fastest time - 0.7s / gap to 2nd 0.2s) 6. Greg Crick - EL Falcon - 1:11.3127 7. Michael Simpson - EL Falcon - 1:11.3342 8. Gary Holt - EL Falcon - 1:11.5440 9. Paul Dumbrell - VT Commodore - 1:11.8334 10. Leanne Ferrier - VT Commodore - 1:11.9052

- Paul Marinelli

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Series Supercars
Drivers Simon Wills , Dale Brede , Paul Dumbrell , Owen Kelly , Greg Crick , Mal Rose , Mike Simpson