Peters takes GTP lead in Canberra

SUBARU driver Brett Peters took his second race win in as many starts to move into the lead in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship in Canberra today. Peters, from Queensland, won the first leg of round three of the ...

SUBARU driver Brett Peters took his second race win in as many starts to move into the lead in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship in Canberra today.

Peters, from Queensland, won the first leg of round three of the GT Performance division by a healthy margin of seven seconds, after early leader and pole qualifier Mark King retired his Mitsubishi with suspension damage.

Wayne Boatwright finished second in another Subaru Impreza WRX STi ahead of Holden Commodore GTS driver Peter Floyd, who survived a determined attack from Graham Alexander to record his best series result.

Nathan Thomas, in a Honda Integra, scored pole and victory in the Hippies Sports Touring class, taking a tied lead in the pointscore with Mitsubishi driver Nathan Pilkington.

Peters, a newcomer to the series but with almost 20 years experience in single-seaters and touring cars, said cool weather today had suited his turbocharged Subaru.

"The Subaru doesn't like hot conditions, especially in the confines of a street circuit like this, but the weather was perfect today and I couldn't have asked for a better run," Peters said.

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CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

GT Performance Series, Round 3, Race 1 (7 laps): 1. B. Peters (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2. W. Boatwright (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 3. P. Floyd (Holden Commodore HSV GTS) 4. G. Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) 5. E.Aitken (Holden Commodore HSV GTS) 6. G. Deane (Subaru Impreza WRX STi)

Pole:  M. King (Mitsubishi Lancer) 1:58.80 Fastest race lap:  R. Hughes
(Mitsubishi Lancer) 2:00.20 Poolrite High Performance:  B. Peters

Hippies Sports Touring: 1. N. Thomas (Honda Integra Type R) 2. T. Leahy (VW Beetle RSi) 3. D. Ratcliff (Toyota Celica)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 45 B. Peters, 38 P. Polites, 31 G. Deane, 29 M. King, 25 R. Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V), 20 E. Aitken. Poolrite High Performance: 45 B. Peters. Hippies Sports Touring: 48 N. Thomas/N. Pilkington (Mitsubishi FTO), 47 A. Robson (Toyota MR2), 35 W. Russell (BMW 323i).

TIMETABLE: Sun. - 8.45 am Race 2 (7 laps).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Peter Floyd , Mark King , Wayne Boatwright , Graham Alexander , Nathan Pilkington , Brett Peters