GOULBURN (NSW) - Hundreds of laps of testing paid off for Mitsubishi Lancer driver Garry Holt when he topped the timesheets in official practice for round six of the Australian GT Performance Championship for touring cars at Wakefield Park circuit...
GOULBURN (NSW) - Hundreds of laps of testing paid off for Mitsubishi Lancer driver Garry Holt when he topped the timesheets in official practice for round six of the Australian GT Performance Championship for touring cars at Wakefield Park circuit today.
Holt's time of one minute 4.48 seconds was easily the fastest of the 28-car field, proving the benefit of numerous test sessions and promising that the all-wheel drive cars such as his Mitsubishi should be difficult to beat in three races this weekend on the tight hillside circuit.
The all-wheel drive Mitsubishis, Subarus and Volkswagens all have received official performance restrictions for this round, but generally drivers agreed the effects would be minimal on Wakefield Park layout.
Ric Shaw was second-fastest in a Mazda RX-7, but only by six-thousandths of a second over the Subaru Impreza STi of Justin Hemmes.
Warren Millet, in his best performance so far in the GT Peformance series, set fourth-fastest time in a Holden GTS.
The GT Performance round promises to be a highlight of the 15-race PROCAR Champ Series meeting, which will showcase six different motor racing categories.
In the Nations Cup, Holden Monaro driver Nathan Pretty set the fastest practice time of 59.87 sec. and looks ready to renew his battle with championship points leader Paul Stokell.
Stokell was just 0.34 sec. slower in his big black Lamborghini Diablo, while David Stevens came third in a Porsche GT2 Turbo.
Ian Palmer, debuting a new twin-turbo upgrade to his Brabham Honda NSX, was an impressive fourth.
Times were exceptionally close in the Poolrite V8 BRutes practice sessions.
Grant Denyer was fastest with a lap of 1:11.37 in a Ford Falcon XR8 ute, but the following five drivers were all with 0.2 sec. of first place.
The three-day event will feature a total of almost 130 cars, from Falcon utes to Ferraris, Lancers to Lamborghinis and Protons to Porsches.
And on target to match the on-track numbers is a giant Ute Muster, expected to attract roadgoing utes and their owners from many parts of New South Wales.
The program, with qualifying tomorrow and racing on Sunday, features the Nations Cup for GT sports cars, GT Performance touring cars, Production touring cars, V8 BRutes utes, international Formula 3 and Porsche Drivers Challenge national championships.
RESULTS (Round 6, Practice)
Australian GT Performance Championship
1. Garry Holt (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 1 min. 4.85 sec.
2. Ric Shaw (NSW) Mazda RX-7 1:5.272
3. Justin Hemmes (NSW) Subaru Impreza STi 1:5.278
4. Warren Millet (NSW) Holden GTS 1:5.42
5. Barry Morcom (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 1:5.61
6. Steve Knight (SA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 1:5.63
Australian Nations Cup Championship
1. Nathan Pretty (Vic.) Holden Monaro 59.87 sec.
2. Paul Stokell (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo 1:00.21
3. David Stevens (NSW) Porsche GT2 1:01.18
4. James Brock (Vic.) Holden Monaro 1:01.28
5. Ian Palmer Brabham Honda NSW Turbo 1:02.44
6. John Teulan (Qld) Ferrari 360 Challenge 1:04.16
Poolrite V8 BRutes Series
1. Grant Denyer (NSW) Ford Falcon XR8 1 min. 11.37 sec.
2. Damien White (NSW) Holden SS 1:11.42
3. Jack Elsegood (NSW) Ford 1:11.47
4. Gary Baxter (SA) Holden 1:11.49
5. Allan Grice (Qld) Ford 1:11.50
6. Marcus Zukanovic (Vic.) Ford 1:11.57