Win in Race Two for Alajajian and Subaru Through Sydney teenager Chris Alajajian, Subaru have tasted success in race two of round three of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway, in a race where...
Win in Race Two for Alajajian and Subaru
Through Sydney teenager Chris Alajajian, Subaru have tasted success in race two of round three of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway, in a race where the top four places were occupied by four different models.
Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi) took the lead from the race start and quickly built himself a comfortable race lead. He was never headed, steering clear of the trouble that stuck many of his fellow competitors and set the fastest lap of the race on the way to recording the win, his third of the season aboard the all wheel drive Subaru.
"We have played around with the setup a bit and done a lot on the car away from the track," said Alajajian. "The Protecnica boys have worked hard to get the car into top shape so we can have some good results like this.
"In the race, once you are out infront, you have a clear run, so can you build and maintain a gap while the other cars are dicing. If we can do tomorrow [Sunday] what we did today, it will have been a good weekend."
After finishing eighth in the opening race as a result of an axle failure, championship points leader Mark King (Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) made steady ground during the race to finish in second place.
"We are very happy with that," the Queenslander said. "It was good to make up the lost places from the axle problem yesterday. I'm looking forward to racing from the front row tomorrow against the Subaru. It's a tough weekend on tyres. You have to drive conservatively to try to preserve them through the race, especially today with the warmer conditions."
Peter Floyd (BP Ultimate HSV GTS) completed the podium. Floyd was swamped at the start of the race, but fought back to finish in third place, putting the HSV V8 muscle to good use down the long front straight.
"I got a shocker of a start," Floyd confessed. "Wheel spin off the line, I went from second to sixth or seventh in the quick rush. I then got hungout on the outside of turn two and probably lost a couple more positions.
"Then it was a matter of concentrating and finding my way back up. We struggled a fair bit with grip during the race and the success ballast we were running had a fair bit of an affect too. We were probably lucky with a couple of the guys up front not finishing which has helped us get the result."
Making it four different manufacturers inside the top four, Beric Lynton finished the race in fourth place driving a Donut King sponsored BMW M3, ahead of Barry Morcom (Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) who rounded out the top five.
Steve Cramp (C.V.W. Engineering P/L HSV GTS) made his way through from the rear of the field after a troublesome Friday to finish sixth, ahead of James Philip (First Auto Parts Plus FPV Mk II GT). A small fire under the bonnet of his BMW M3 just before the start left him on the sidelines for the opening race, but Peter Boylan got back on track for the second race. He moved from nineteenth up to finish eighth.
"The AussieHire/DBA car is going well. We will try a couple more setup tricks to find some more rear grip and see what tomorrow brings," said Boylan.
Mike Fitzgerald (AussieHire.com.au Nissan 350Z) was ninth, with Trevor Haines (FordForums.com.au FPV MkII GT) rounding out the top ten after battling clutch problems and Lynne Champion (FairwaysGuesthouse.com.au Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) was eleventh.
Like the opening ten lap race on Friday afternoon, there were plenty of hard luck tales to be told after the race. Garry Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) and John Falk (Fibreglass International FPV MkII GT) both suffered punctures as a result of early race incidents and were classified in twelfth and thirteenth respectively. Tyre problems also struck Michael Brock (Coopers Pale Ale Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) and Graham Alexander (Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII). Brock limped home to fourteenth place, while Alexander was forced out of the race while in second place.
A 'box full of nothings', courtesy of the bottom of the gear shifter falling off, ended Barry Sternbeck's (Wake Up! HSV GTS) race while running in second place during the opening stages of the race. Barrie Nesbitt's Donut King HSV GTS threw an engine belt. Anton Mechtler (Hurley's Smash Repairs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII) made it third time lucky in getting away from the line, and moved up the order before an incident with Bruce Williams (Bruce Williams Motorsport Subaru WRX STi) ended his race.
Mark King remains in the championship lead, ahead of Peter Floyd. Chris Alajajian will be looking for another good result on home turf this afternoon, in the final ten lap race which will start at 12:40pm.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au <pre> Provisional Race Two Top 10 1. Chris Alajajian Subaru WRX STi 2. Mark King Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 3. Peter Floyd HSV GTS 4. Beric Lynton BMW M3 5. Barry Morcom Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 6. Steve Cramp HSV GTS 7. James Philip FPV MkII GT 8. Peter Boylan BMW M3 9. Mike Fitzgerald Nissan 350Z 10. Trevor Haines FPV MkII GT