CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP PHILLIP ISLAND RACE ONE 16th May 1999 SUPRA MAN STARS AS BENINCA RUNS DOWN RICHO As Domenic Beninca chased down Jim Richards for victory, Queenslander Jamie Cartwright showed he could...
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
PHILLIP ISLAND RACE ONE 16th May 1999
SUPRA MAN STARS AS BENINCA RUNS DOWN RICHO As Domenic Beninca chased down Jim Richards for victory, Queenslander Jamie Cartwright showed he could be a force to be reckoned with a stunning drive to third in the opening race of round two of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.
In wet and treacherous conditions, Beninca's Porsche 911 RSCS passed the similar car of Richards with four laps remaining to take his third successive victory.
Cartwright storming from position six on the grid aboard his Toyota Supra RZ Twin Turbo to move up to second place after only two laps. The young GTP rookie emerged as a new star as he battled fiercely in the wet conditions.
"It was the first time that I have actually driven on wets and the car was really strong in the early part of the race," Cartwright said.
"We have done a lot of work on improving the car and that is starting to pay off.
"The car was better in the first half of the race when it was really wet."
Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 RSCS) took fourth in the Meguiar's Top Marques Class A division ahead of an outstanding effort from Craig Dean aboard his new Saleen Ford Mustang.
Beninca was delighted with his continued run of victories.
"It was the first time that I have really had the chance to run wheel- to-wheel with Jim Richards and to come away with victory is a real thrill," Beninca said.
Geoff Full again shone in the Autobarn Class B division aboard his Subaru Impreza WRX. Many of his rivals including Mark King, Peter Boylan, Gary Deane and Bob Hughes finished in the sandtrap as the rain continued to fall heavily.
Other drivers to finish the event off the circuit include Class A drivers Ian Palmer aboard the TVR Chimaera, Rod Salmon (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V), and Perry Spiridis (Maserarti Ghibli). Wayne Park suffered front suspension problems aboard the Ferrari F355 Challenge.
Rob Chadwick pulled out a strong drive in Class C aboard the new Mitsubishi Magna TH Sports V6, taking the victory ahead of the V8 machines of Ryan McLeod (Ford Falcon EL XR8) and Mark Cohen (Holden Commodore VS SS).
Ric Shaw won his Class S battle with Wayne Russell. The Toyota MR2 of Shaw drew first blood over Russell's BMW 323i.
Phil Kirkham may have been the sole GTP Lights Class D entrant, but his day ended in the tyre barrier after the front-whee-drive machine left the circuit on lap 3.
Warren Luff continued his strong form aboard the new Peugeot 306 Style, taking the first ever Class E victory for the French marque.
Championship leader Nathan Thomas took second aboard his Suzuki Swift GTi ahead of the Proton M21 Coupe of Kosi Kalaitzidis
RESULTS RACE ONE 10 laps 1. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 30:18.481 2. Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 30:18.570 3. Jamie Cartwright, Toyota Supra RZ 30:37.294 4. Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 30:37.865 5. Craig Dean, Saleen Ford Mustang (A) 30:48.500 Class B Geoff Full, Subaru Impreza WRX 31:08.558 Class C Rob Chadwick, Mitsubishi Magna TH 31:46.638 Class E Warren Luff, Peugeot 306 Style 31:54.864 Class S Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 Bathurst 31:35.395
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