Winton Practice Report

CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WINTON PRACTICE 20th AUGUST 1999 NEW ENGINE POWERS BENINCA TO TOP OF TIMESHEET Domenic Beninca looks set to bounce back from his Calder Park engine dramas after setting the fastest...

CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

WINTON PRACTICE 20th AUGUST 1999

NEW ENGINE POWERS BENINCA TO TOP OF TIMESHEET

Domenic Beninca looks set to bounce back from his Calder Park engine dramas after setting the fastest time in practice for round seven of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at Winton Motor Raceway today.

Beninca suffered an engine failure aboard his Championship winning Porsche 911 RSCS during the last round of the Championship at Calder Park and has now sourced a replacement power-plant to complete the season.

The Melbourne driver was surprised with his early pace because he believes the new engine is no better than his previous one.

"It was cheaper to replace the engine, rather than repair the damage to the old one," Beninca said.

"The new engine is no better on the dyno and I really don¹t notice the difference out on the circuit.

"It might pick up a little better on acceleration but I simply think our basic set-up for this track is a lot better than what we had last year.

"Winton can sometimes be hard on tyres, but our rubber looks perfect at this stage."

Peter Fitzgerald, Ed Aitken and Geoff Morgan filled the next three spots ahead of the Ferrari F355 Challenge of Wayne Park and Ray Lintott¹s Dodge Viper GTS Coupe in the Meguiar¹s Top Marques Class A division.

Newcomer Mike Kilpatrick struck brake dramas aboard his new BMW M3-R, hindering his progress in his debut GTP event.

With Autobarn Class B Championship leader Geoff Full absent from proceedings, Paul Elstrek¹s Mazda RX7 headed the timesheets in the opening session.

Last round winner Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III) was fastest in the afternoon ahead of Elstrek and Clyde Lawrence¹s Subaru Impreza WRX.

Peter Phelan¹s march towards the Class C Championship continued aboard his Holden Commodore VT SS. Phelan was fastest in both sessions and holds a 16.5 point lead over Mark Cohen¹s VS-model Commodore.

While Wayne Russell (BMW 323i) was fastest in the morning, the two-car Toyota MR2 Bathurst team of Ric Shaw and Colin Osborne topped the Class S times in the afternoon session.

GTP LIGHTS

Phil Kirkham is another driver who looks set to wrap up a class championship in the GTP Lights Class D division. Kirkham¹s Mazda RX7 holds a 50 point lead over the Holden Vectra GL 2.2 of Melinda Price.

With Craig Dontas a last minute "scratching", Sue Hughes has taken over the #75 Suzuki Swift GTi while Paul Buda will step aboard Hughes¹ usual #74 machine in Class E.

RESULTS SESSION ONE 1. - Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:30.916 2. - Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:31.230 3. - Geoff Morgan, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:31.920 4. - Ed Aitken, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:31.970 Class B - Paula Elstrek, Mazda RX7 - 1:36.432 Class C - Peter Phelan, Holden Commodore VT SS - 1:38.965 Class D - Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 - 1:42.813 Class E - Warren Luff, Peugeot 306 Style - 1:42.993 Class S - Wayne Russell, BMW 323i - 1:42.730

COMPLETE RESULTS: http://www.racetime.com.au/racedata/w9939/p04fast.htm

SESSION TWO 1. - Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:29.874 2. - Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:30.653 3. - Ed Aitken, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:31.038 4. - Geoff Morgan, Porsche 911 RSCS - 1:31.816 Class B - Mark King, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III - 1:36.680 Class C - Peter Phelan, Holden Commodore VT SS - 1:38.472 Class D - Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 - 1:40.790 Class E - Nathan Thomas, Suzuki Swift GTi - 1:41.530 Class S - Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 - 1:38.631

COMPLETE RESULTS: http://www.racetime.com.au/racedata/w9939/p08fast.htm

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Series Supercars
Drivers Geoff Morgan , Peter Fitzgerald , Ric Shaw , Melinda Price , Geoff Full , Wayne Russell , Mark King , Phil Kirkham , Ray Lintott , Colin Osborne , Mike Kilpatrick , Mark Cohen , Warren Luff , Wayne Park