Holt's not-so unlucky Friday the 13th While those who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (a fear of Friday the 13th) were dreading today, the field in the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship took to Wakefield Park Raceway, ...
Holt's not-so unlucky Friday the 13th
While those who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (a fear of Friday the 13th) were dreading today, the field in the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship took to Wakefield Park Raceway, near Goulburn, to kick off round two of the 2005 season.
Today's two practice sessions around the tight and twisty 2.2km circuit were played out in cool conditions. Garry Holt was the man to beat -- topping both sessions in his Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII. However, he wasn't entirely happy with his car, indicating there is still plenty of room for improvement before qualifying and Sunday's races.
"The car wasn't good, particularly under brakes," Holt admitted. "There are some dramatic changes we need to make before qualifying and the race.
"We'll make some changes tonight, hopefully go quicker tomorrow and maintain our strong position for the rest of the weekend."
Ending the day in second place was Graham Alexander (Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII), just one tenth of a second shy of Holt's fastest lap of the day.
"Today was a good day," said Alexander. "The car is just as we drove it at Adelaide, the car was quick and we didn't have any problems."
Mark King (Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) was the pace setter in the early stages of the opening round of the series at the Clipsal 500; claiming pole position and a race one win. Today, he was on the pace again, ending the day with the third fastest time.
"We are really happy with the car," he said. "We found almost one second between the sessions and went from fifth to second. Now, we are just working our way through finessing the setup."
Championship points leader Chris Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi) clocked the fourth fastest time, with Gary Young in fifth. Steve Cramp (CVW Engineering HSV GTS) was the best of the V8's in sixth place, from Barry Sternbeck (Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS), Beric Lynton (Donut King BMW M3), Peter Floyd (BP Ultimate HSV GTS), with Dean Lillie (Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS) rounding out the top ten.
On debut in the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, the Donut King Holden Monaro of Anthony Alford ended the day with the fifteenth fastest time after setting a best time of 1:07.6489. While the car is still in its racing infancy, Alford was full of praise for his new machine.
"The car, straight out of the box is exceptional," he said. "It is performing beyond our expectations. There aren't any problems with it; we just need some more time with it on the track to help reach its full potential."
Qualifying will take place tomorrow, with three races on Sunday.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au
<pre> Wakefield Park Practice Top Ten; 1. Garry Holt Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:05.0028 2. Graham Alexander Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 1:05.1219 3. Mark King Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:05.1854 4. Chris Alajajian Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi 1:05.4675 5. Gary Young Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:05.6977 6. Steve Cramp CVW Engineering HSV GTS 1:06.0681 7. Barry Sternbeck Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS 1:06.2562 8. Beric Lynton Donut King BMW M3 1:06.3584 9. Peter Floyd BP Ultimate HSV GTS 1:06.3480 10. Dean Lillie Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS 1:06.5734