More Podiums, and points, for Holt at Wakefield. After a strong top three result on the streets of Adelaide in March this year, Sydney driver Garry Holt has continued his good form in the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car...
More Podiums, and points, for Holt at Wakefield.
After a strong top three result on the streets of Adelaide in March this year, Sydney driver Garry Holt has continued his good form in the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Wakefield Park in Goulburn, scoring another podium to solidify his position towards the top of the championship table.
Driving his Century 21 Real Estate / Orix / Eastern Creek Karts / 2UE / Sarina Smash Repairs Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII, Holt raced to a trio of strong performances in today's three races despite a number of niggling problems that developed as the race weekend progressed.
The race weekend certainly started well enough for Holt, topping the Friday practice sessions before going on to qualify 3rd for the first of three races in Saturday's solitary qualifying session - despite not being happy with the setup of the car. As a testament to the closeness of the competition in the series, Holt was just 3 tenths of a second off the pace in Qualifying.
Race one didn't get off to a fantastic start for the Century 21 Lancer, Holt dropping back to 4th place in the early few laps. However, the forward progress made was substantial, Holt taking the lead by the end of the first lap and going on to record a narrow victory over Mitsubishi rival Mark King.
Race two was even tougher, Holt again suffering after another difficult start and opening lap where he and King came together. A piece of metal protruding from the rear of King's Lancer punctured the intercooler in the Century 21 Lancer immediately causing the engine to run hot and loose power.
Despite carrying the 60kg of success ballast thanks to winning the opening race, Holt managed to stave off the rest of the field to finish the race second -- again procuring strong championship points.
At 17 laps, race three was the longest of the weekend, and it again showed that Holt will be a championship contender this weekend no matter what problems are thrown at the team's Century 21 Lancer. After again puncturing the cars radiator in the opening laps, the car struggled for straight-line speed and fell back towards the challenging pack. To make matters slightly more difficult, Holt began to experience gear selection problems when selecting third or fourth gear as well.
Despite the ailments, Holt used the cars solid handling and good brakes to excellent effect, holding off the field to finish in a hard fought 3rd place.
"So far this year we have been on the podium in each round, which is fantastic for our championship aspirations," enthused Holt at the end of the day. "This weekend's results give us a really good boost in the championship battle -- there's now three of us in with a good margin on the rest of the field which is handy going into the next round of the series."
The next round of the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship will be held at what is the Century 21 Real Estate team's home circuit, the 3.9 Km Eastern Creek Raceway right next door to Garry Holt's Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway.
Holt heads into the round 2nd in the Australian Performance Car Championship - currently sitting on 130 points, just 11 behind series' leader Mark King.