ORAN PARK RACE ONE 5th SEPTEMBER 1999
The mighty Dodge Viper GTS Coupe of Garry Waldon may have claimed his second victory for the year, but Jim Richards third place was enough to clinch the 1999 Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.
The Porsche 911 RSCS driver now has an unbeatable lead in the Championship over arch-rival and Bathurst team-mate Peter Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald just failed to get past the Dodge Viper of Waldon which leapt into the lead from the second row of the grid.
"The team is delighted to clinch the title, especially with the amount of pressure that Fitzy has been putting on me in recent races," Richards said.
"It is also very rewarding for me and the team especially my crew chief Martin who built this car up from a wreck at the start of the year.
"The level of competition is extremely fierce and this title has been much tougher than when I last raced in GTP in 1996.
"I¹m now looking forward to teaming up with Fitzy for Bathurst again to try to defend our victory from last year."
Geoff Morgan pulled out his best performance of the year aboard his Porsche 911 RSCS to grab fourth position, while the Meguiar¹s Top Marques Class A Ferrari F355 Challenge of Wayne Park had a disappointing race.
The Ferrari escaped mayhem as it was swamped by the field after he shattered a driveline at the race start.
Paula Elstrek (Mazda RX7) continued her strong performance from yesterday by dominating the Autobarn Class B division ahead of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III of Mark King.
New Class B champ Geoff Full (Subaru Impreza WRX) was eliminated after tangling with Bob Hughes (Mazda RX7) and striking the tyre barrier.
New Class C Champion Peter Phelan (Holden Commodore VT SS) celebrated his title in fine style with a victory over the Ford Falcon AU XR6 of newcomer Darryl Coon. Roland Hill pulled out his best performance for the year in third place aboard his Holden Commodore VS SS.
Ric Shaw¹s outstanding winning run in Class S continued aboard his Toyota MR2 Bathurst.
Kosi Kalaitzidis celebrated the first ever Australian motorsports championship for Proton by finishing third in the Class E GTP Lights division.
After winning his class at Bathurst last year, the Proton M21 Coupe driver followed home race winner Nathan Thomas (Suzuki Swift GTi) and Warren Luff (Peugeot 306 Style).
Kalaitzidis¹ consistent performances over the eight round championship earned him the Championship crown.
Phil Kirkham (Mazda 626) was again dominant in Class D, holding out the Holden Vectra 2.2 GL machines of Melinda Price and AFL media personality Sam Newman.
RESULTS RACE ONE - 16 LAPS 1. - Garry Waldon, Dodge Viper GTS (A) - 20:14.250 2. - Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 20:14.716 3. - Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 20:14.862 4. - Geoff Morgan, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 20:15.209 Class B - Paula Elstrek, Mazda RX7 - 21:25.422 Class C - Peter Phelan, Holden Commodore VT SS - 1 lap down Class D - Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 - 1 lap down Class E - Nathan Thomas, Suzuki Swift GTi - 1 lap down Class S - Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 Bathurst - 1 lap down
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