CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
PHILLIP ISLAND NOTES 16th MAY 1998
PHILLIP ISLAND PADDOCK NEWS AND UPDATES
1a Peter Fitzgerald Porsche 911 RSCS Neutral handling from the well sorted Porsche and car running very strong. Happy with results to date.
3a Alf Costanzo Maserati Ghibli Cup Twin Turbo Very pleased with results and unlucky to be bumped from pole position after late runs from three cars in the second session. Concerned with the cars ability to get off the line well.
5a Garry Waldon Dodge Viper GTS Disappointed that car wasn’t quicker and but was unlucky to be balked on his two quickest laps in the second session.
26a Ross Almond Mitsubishi Lancer RS Turbo Evo V Forced to miss qualifying today due to other commitments and will be forced to start from the rear of the grid tomorrow.
27a Neil Crompton Ferrari F355 Challenge First opportunity to push the car in dry conditions in the afternoon session. Car feels quite neutral and quite pleased with the handling.
41a Craig Dean Toyota Soarer Turbo Coupe Still experimenting with the car in its debut outing. Ran similar car to 2nd place outright in Targa Tasmania recently.
50a Paul Stokell Lotus Elise Sport 190 Fighting oversteer on cold tyres as the team experimented with rubber, changing from Dunlop to Michelin. Set-up time lost due to weather.
52a Domenic Beninca Porsche 911 RSCS Still struggling with tyres going flat – a repeat of the same drama at Oran Park. Replaced tyre valves. Oversteering but car consistent. Wife Monica due to give birth next Sunday.
85a Rodney Forbes Porsche 911 RSCS Two consistent performances to be sixth in both sessions. Enjoying second outing in GTP and confirmed for the rest of the series.
2b John Cowley HSV GTS-R 215i Minor understeer being solved with spring and suspension changes. Car running well and happy to have improved almost a second during the day.
6b Chris Kousparis Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo Turbo hose blew off in first qualifying session and awaiting new part from Melbourne overnight. Hoping to solve in morning warm-up.
7b Peter Boylan Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo Suffering oversteer and had to change rear suspension after springs collapsed. Testing new Michelin tyres.
18b Murray Carter Nissan 200SX Fighting back after suffering a fire while car was on the dyno on Thursday. Fought back to be second fastest in the afternoon.
25b Richard Davis HSV GTS-R 215i Back into the action after missing the last round of the championship at Oran Park.
44b Dean Canto Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo New suspension changes and brake pads. Neutral handling and delighted to earn first GTP Class B pole for race two.
47b John Trimbole Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo III Turbo Slight understeer and getting used to the new car. Impressive performance to be fastest in the opening session.
61b Trevor Haines Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo Fighting understeer as the team attemptsto cure handling problems. Hoping for improvement after overnight changes.
20c Rob Chadwick Mitsubishi Magna TE Sports Slight understeer and very happy with the car – yet simply not fast enough yet.
21c Steve Knight Mitsubishi Magna TE Sports Changed to softer springs to try to cure understeer problems. Generally OK but having fun.
28c Paul Gover Ford Falcon XR8 Suspension adjustments being made to try to cure slight understeer. Rates the car a 9/10 so far but pleased to improve times throughout the day.
55c Mark Cohen Holden Commodore VS Neutral handling and very happy with the car. Engine running strong after dropping a valve in testing last weekend.
88c David Ratcliff Toyota Camry CSi Problems with a rear wheel bearing but overall happy with the car despite slight understeer.
13d Colin Osborne Toyota MR2 Bathurst Strong performance to grab first class pole in opening session running on new tyres. Neutral handling but out-braked himself in the second session and ran off at Honda.
15d Luke Searle BMW 323i Understeer problems in yesterday wet session but team confident of strong showing tomorrow.
16d Peter Phelan Peugeot 405 Mi-16 Cracked head during Friday and didn’t qualify today. Will start from the back of the field after overnight repairs.
32d Michael Simpson BMW 323i Happy with car, yet unable to match the pace of the Toyota MR2. Hopeful of a better showing in race conditions.
35d Ric Shaw Toyota MR2 Bathurst New rear tyres pushed car back on pole in the afternoon session after being beaten by his team boss for the first time during the morning.
71d Phil Kirkham Mazda 626 Brake problems resulted in an off at MG corner in the opening session resulting in minor damage to the rear bumper.
22e Kosi Kalaitzidis Proton M21 Coupe First time running at Phillip Island but highly impressive in the second session to almost grab Class E pole position. Running new brand of brake pads. Minor oversteer problem.
42e Nigel Stones Suzuki Swift GTi Fought hard in second session to displace “Kosi”. Was quite pleased with wet conditions earlier in the day.
75e Aaron McGill Suzuki Swift GTi Fighting hard to regain pace which brought him a pair of wins at the last round of the championship at Oran Park.
78e Darren Best Hyundai Excel Sprint Twin Cam Back on track after Oran Park engine failure. Still unable to pin-point cause of engine problem. Suffered broken exhaust during day but repaired for tomorrow’s action.
98e Danny Brian Suzuki Swift GTi Had to replace gearbox and clutch and behind time to find the right set-up on first visit to Phillip Island. Found out today that his wife, Emma, is pregnant.