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Holt claims hometown Pole Position Sydneysider Garry Holt has claimed pole position for today's opening race in round three of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway. Courtesy of a 1:42.8027...

Holt claims hometown Pole Position

Sydneysider Garry Holt has claimed pole position for today's opening race in round three of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway.

Courtesy of a 1:42.8027 lap around the 3.93km Sydney circuit, Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) continued his recent run of form, topping the 20 minute session and claiming his first pole position of the season. Holt is pleased with the results of testing conducted post-Wakefield Park.

"We went out onto the track with roaded tyres, having made some changes," said Holt, who currently sits second in the championship. "We had a bit of oversteer, so when we came in, we dialed that out and put some new tyres on the right hand side. Went out again and despite a little bit of traffic, I was able to put together a good lap.

"I haven't gotten the best of the starts this year, but if I make a good one in the race this afternoon and be ahead of Kingy (Mark King) by the time we get to turn three, we can see how it goes from there."

Championship leader Mark King (Delphi/King Springs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII), the man who held all the qualifying aces to date in 2005, will join Holt on the front row of the grid. While the front row of the grid was all Mitsubishi, HSV drivers Peter Floyd (BP Ultimate HSV GTS) and Barry Sternbeck (Wake Up! HSV GTS) will share the second row of the grid. Sternbeck bedded in a new engine in today's opening session, a result of a trying weekend at Wakefield Park a fortnight ago.

Chris Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi) will start from fifth on the grid. The youngster set his time early in the session, before a wheel bearing problem limited his session to just three laps. Having his first run on Michelin tyres, Steve Cramp (C.V.W. Engineering P/L HSV GTS) was sixth fastest, making it an even split between turbo pocket rockets and V8's in the top six.

Barry Morcom (Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII), Beric Lynton (Donut King BMW M3), John Falk (Fibreglass International FPV MkII GT) and Anton Mechtler (Hurley's Smash Repairs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII) complete the top ten on the grid.

Earlier in the day, Holt was fastest in each of the day's two practice sessions. His best practice time of the day, 1:43.1271, was eight tenths of a second clear of Mark King in second place. Barry Sternbeck clocked the third fastest practice time, from Barry Morcom, with Steve Cramp in fifth place.

Beric Lynton was sixth fastest, while Sydneysiders Anton Mechtler and Chris Alajajian rounded out the top eight, the latter having suffered an intercooler problem which limited his running in the opening session.

It wasn't smooth sailing for James Philip (First Auto Parts Plus FPV Mk II GT) Dean Lillie (Wake Up! HSV GTS), both forced to sit out the second session, hampered by clutch and engine problems respectively. Philip's car was repaired in time for qualifying and will start the opening race from 14th place, while Lillie missed qualifying and is in a race against time to make it to the grid.

The opening ten lap race of round three of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship will commence at 3:30pm this afternoon.

For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au <pre> Qualifying Top 6 1. Garry Holt 1:42.8027 2. Mark King 1:42.9442 3. Peter Floyd 1:43.2315 4. Barry Sternbeck 1:43.4828 5. Chris Alajajian 1:43.7349 6. Steve Cramp 1:44.0636

Combined Practice Top 6 1. Garry Holt 1:43.1271 2. Mark King 1:43.9296 3. Barry Sternbeck 1:44.6972 4. Barry Morcom 1:44.7596 5. Steve Cramp 1:44.8180 6. Beric Lynton 1:44.8689

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Drivers Peter Floyd , John Falk , James Philip , Beric Lynton , Steve Cramp , Mark King , Anton Mechtler , Garry Holt , Chris Alajajian , Barry Morcom