Winton race report

Two Gt Production Wins At Winton Put Ford'S Mcilroy In V8 Class Battle FORD driver John McIlroy boosted his hopes of a 2001 V8 class championship with two dominant wins in the Century Batteries GT Production Series today at Winton Raceway in ...

Two Gt Production Wins At Winton Put Ford'S Mcilroy In V8 Class Battle

FORD driver John McIlroy boosted his hopes of a 2001 V8 class championship with two dominant wins in the Century Batteries GT Production Series today at Winton Raceway in northern Victoria.

Including a point for pole position yesterday, McIlroy took the maximum score in his Ford Falcon XR8 and moved from third to second in the championship table with two of eight rounds left to run.

"Winton is my home track so I had certainly hoped to do well, but pole position, two outright wins, two class wins and two fastest laps is the best possible result and I'm absolutely delighted," McIlroy said.

"This was the best weekend our team has had all season and it has happened at the right time. I'm just 14 points behind the Poolrite V8 class leader and determined to fight hard for the last two rounds."

Alan Holgersson (Toyota Camry) and David Russell (Proton Satria) also took two wins apiece in their respective classes for 6-Cylinder and 4-Cylinder Touring cars. Russell now leads the Poolrite 4-Cylinder class after the previous points leader, Luke Youlden, withdrew his Holden Astra because of engine problems.

The GT Production cars will compete in round seven next weekend at the Clarion Sandown 500 meeting at Melbourne's Sandown International Motor Raceway.

CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP GT Performance Series, Round 6 <pre> Race 1 (9 laps):

1.  J. McIlroy (Ford Falcon XR8)
2.  A.Holgersson (Toyota Camry)
3.  D. Coon (Ford Falcon XR6)
4.  J. Philip (Ford Falcon XR8)
5.  S. Loadsman (Holden Commodore SS)
6.  D.Russell (Proton Satria GTi)
Pole:  J. McIlroy 1 min. 40.70 sec.   Pole: J. McIlroy
Fastest lap:  J. McIlroy 1:39.65
Poolrite V8 Touring.:  J. McIlroy
Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring:  A. Holgersson
Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring:  D. Russell

Race 2 (9 laps):

1. J. McIlroy 2. S. Loadsman 3. A.Holgersson 4. B. Carr (Ford Falcon XR8) 5. D. Coon 6. R. Chadwick (Mitsubishi Magna) Pole: J. McIlroy Fastest lap: J. McIlroy 1:39.07 Poolrite V8 Touring: J. McIlroy Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring: A. Holgersson Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring: D. Russell

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after Rd 6): Poolrite V8 Touring: 139 S. Loadsman, 125 J. McIlroy, 123 B. Carr. Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring: 167 D. Coon, 138 A. Holgersson, 134 R. Chadwick. Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring: 103 D. Russell, 97 L. Youlden (Holden Astra), 90 M. Doxey (Holden Vectra).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Luke Youlden , John McIlroy , David Russell