Holt Wins Hidden Valley Opening Race Garry Holt has steered clear of trouble and taken out the opening race in round four of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. Off the line, the...
Holt Wins Hidden Valley Opening Race
Garry Holt has steered clear of trouble and taken out the opening race in round four of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.
Off the line, the four wheel drives of Holt (Century 21 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) and Mark King (Delphi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) made great starts and moved past pole-sitter Peter Floyd (BP Ultimate HSV GTS) on the approach to the first corner. While Holt emerged at the head on the other side of the corner, Floyd and King were both delayed with an off track excursion and dropped down the order.
This left Holt with a clear lead at the front of the field, with Barrie Nesbitt (Donut King Holden Monaro), John Falk (Fibreglass International FPV MkII GT) and Peter Boylan (AussieHire.com.au BMW M3) making early ground as Floyd and King started their recovery efforts.
Floyd had made his way back up to second place by lap eleven of twenty-five, setting the fastest lap of the race along the way, and set his sights on eliminating Holt's lead. It was a lead which fluctuated during the second half of the race as the pair traded laptimes, but in the end Holt cruised to the line and took the win by two seconds.
"I got a very good start," said Holt. "I know that King started to catch on me during the run to corner, as I went to cover the inside line and I noticed that Floyd was closing in. Then I looked back and they were gone, so I built a gap and had a relatively easy race from there.
"This weekend, the car has been great. The changes we have made to the suspension and engine since Eastern Creek have worked well. The car has never been better."
Barrie Nesbitt rounded out the podium, continuing the strong debut weekend for the team's new Holden Monaro.
"Not bad for a test session," joked Nesbitt. "The car started to get a little bit hot so I had to drop a few revs and start to shift a little earlier, but to get a result like this on its first run is a testament to the car and the guys that have built it."
John Falk completed the top four, the best result that the FPV MkII GT has had in the series, clear of Mark King, who ended the race in fifth position, battling an engine problem which will see the team perform an engine change overnight.
"I'm pretty happy," said Falk. "When I was chasing Barrie Nesbitt, the temperature was up, so I backed off a little bit to bring the car home and make sure it was in a good condition for tomorrow."
Among the battles that raged on throughout the race, Peter Boylan and Beric Lynton (Donut King BMW M3) fought for the honour of being the first BMW home. In the end, Boylan won out and claimed sixth place, while Lynton broke an accelerator pedal on the way towards the chequered flag and finished eighth.
"There was some great racing with Beric," enthused Boylan. "We both had the identical cars out there, same characteristics, racing side by side, going hammer and tongs without bashing into each other."
Barry Morcom (Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII), who battled brake problems, finished between the BMW's in seventh place, Lynne Champion (FairwaysGuesthouse.com.au Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) was ninth, while Trevor Haines (FordForums.com.au FPV MkII GT) completed the top ten.
The field now prepare themselves for tomorrow's two races. A 10 lapper will kick off at 10:30am, with the final race, 15 laps, scheduled for 2:00pm.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au
<pre> Hidden Valley Race One Provisional Top 6 1. Garry Holt Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 2. Peter Floyd HSV GTS 3. Barrie Nesbitt Holden Monaro 4. John Falk FPV MkII GT 5. Mark King Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 6. Peter Boylan BMW M3