Qualifying, Round 5 - Queensland
MUM'S THE WORD ON GT PRODUCTION QUALIFYING
CAROL Jackson is part of a motorsport family and today at Queensland Raceway it was her turn to celebrate with a first pole position in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship.
After topping practice yesterday, the Brisbane mother maintained the form in her Honda Civic VTi-R to be fastest in the Poolrite Four-cylinder class during qualifying for tomorrow's round-five races in the series.
"I'm stunned. I started racing in 1996 in an all-womens series driving a Mazda and this is my best result," said Jackson, who was cheered from the pits by husband Gary and son Matthew, both also racing drivers.
While her effort was good enough for 33rd outright, an intense battle took place at the front of the 39-car field, with series leader Ric Shaw claiming outright pole through committed driving and a little luck.
"I just put my head down and did the business that had to be done," said Shaw, his Mazda RX-7 the first of five cars separated by just 0.6 seconds.
"I got pole by the skin of my teeth and a little more luck with the traffic than some of my competitors. But it was so close - you could throw a blanket over the first five cars. I'll have a fight on my hands tomorrow."
Queenslander Gary Deane was second fastest in a Subaru Impreza WRX STi, 0.21 seconds behind Shaw. Mark King was third and Bob Hughes fourth, both driving all-wheel drive Mitsubishi Lancer turboss.
<pre> RESULTS: Outright Lap time 1. Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:21.19 2. Gary Deane (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:21.40 3. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evolution V) 1:21.57 4. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evolution V) 1:21.64 5. Wayne Wakefield (Mazda RX-7) 1:21.79 6. Graham Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evolution V) 1:22.21
Class Autobarn High Perfmance: Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:21.19 Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood (Honda Integra Type R) 1:25.17 Pennzoil V8 Touring: Warren Millett (Holden Commodore SS) 1:26.06 Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: Daryl Coon (Ford Falcon XR6) 1:26.15 Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: Carol Jackson (Honda Civic VTi-R) 1:28.84
TIMETABLE: Sunday 8.10 am - Warm-up (10min.), 10.45 am - Race 1 (10 laps), 4.20 pm - Race 2 (14 laps).