APR: Garry Hold Clipsal Sunday race summary

Adelaide Podium gives Holt strong start to season. Century 21 Real Estate Racing driver Garry Holt has kicked of his 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship campaign in the best possible way, by taking his Mitsubishi Lancer...

Adelaide Podium gives Holt strong start to season.

Century 21 Real Estate Racing driver Garry Holt has kicked of his 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship campaign in the best possible way, by taking his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 onto the Podium at the championship's opening round on the street's of Adelaide last weekend.

Holt was competitive right from the first session on the demanding 3.22km Adelaide street circuit, lapping the circuit in 1m32.4967 in Qualifying to line the Century 21 Real Estate, Orix, Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, 2UE Radio Mitsubishi up in 3rd position in the midst a tightly bunched pack of performance cars.

Race one started well, Holt engaging in a frenetic battle with Subaru driver Chris Alajajian for the final podium position. The pair swapped positions regularly in an intense fight that was eventually settled in the favor of Alajajian. Holt said that the battle was extremely enjoyable, despite missing out on the podium.

"It was a really good race," Enthused the New South Welshman. "It was a great battle with Chris. He was quicker in some areas, I was quicker in others. I got past up at the top of the track but saw an engine warning light so I backed off and he got back past. The warning light disappeared again and the battle resumed."

The second race placed more focus on Holt, as he this time engaged in a battle with Barry Sternbeck for the third and fourth places. Holt was again forced to settle for fourth place, the big HSV proving difficult to pass on the Adelaide streets.

The battle was the highlight in the race, and made sure that the TV cameras were focused on the Century 21 Lancer for a majority of the 9-lap encounter.

The best was saved for last though, Sunday afternoon's final race featuring more close racing and more battles for Holt, although this time it was for a higher step up on the podium.

Engaged in a battle for second for most of the race, Holt drove the wheels of the Lancer to set a best lap just four tenths of a second outside of the lap record to put maximum pressure on the HSV of Peter Floyd. The pair staged another epic battle, only being decided in the favor of Floyd on the last of the nine laps.

"A great race and a great battle," enthused Holt at the conclusion of the meeting. "The car was really good, and we got some fantastic television exposure for our sponsors this weekend. To start the championship off with a podium position is the best possible way to kick off the year. The next track will suit us really well, so we should be looking pretty good."

Aside from being able to stand on the famous Adelaide podium and spray the champagne, the undoubted highlight of the weekend was the considerable level of television exposure that was given to the Century 21 Real Estate team.

The numerous battles that Holt was involved in over the course of the weekend mean that when viewers catch all the action on network Ten's 'Trackside' program in coming weeks, the team's sponsors will be assured some excellent coverage on the high rating program.

The top result in Adelaide means that Holt leaves Adelaide sitting pretty in third position in the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, accruing 56 points towards his championship campaign.

The next round of the championship will be close to a home round for Holt, at Goulburn's Wakefield Park raceway two hours outside of Sydney, on May 13th -- 15th.

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Drivers Garry Holt , Chris Alajajian