Mitsubishi's Four-Wheel Drive Quartet top Wakefield Qualifying There aren't too many similarities between the Clipsal 500 and Wakefield Park Raceway; however the qualifying result has remained the same in the Donut King Australian Performance...
Mitsubishi's Four-Wheel Drive Quartet top Wakefield Qualifying
There aren't too many similarities between the Clipsal 500 and Wakefield Park Raceway; however the qualifying result has remained the same in the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship. Just as it was in round one of the 2005 series in Adelaide, Mark King has claimed pole position for round two, near Goulburn.
King (Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) topped the timesheets in today's 30 minute qualifying session, with a fastest lap of 1:04.2313 around the 2.2km circuit. He leads a quartet of Mitsubishi Lancer's who will occupy the front two rows of the grid in tomorrow's opening twelve lap race.
"We are really happy with the car," said King. "The fine tuning we have done is paying dividends; the car feels great. The EVO's are perfectly suited to Wakefield Park - if ever we are going to go well, this is the place.
"It's going to be close racing tomorrow. There are plenty of strong cars at the top of the order and it's going to come down to who can adjust best to the cold conditions tomorrow morning and make the most of the start."
Joining King on the front row of the grid is Gary Young (Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII). Young claimed a trio of second place finishes at Wakefield Park in 2004 aboard his Lancer, and continued his strong form at the circuit, ending the session just over one tenth of a second shy of King's benchmark.
"We are really happy with that result, it's good to be up at the pointy end," said Young. "The guys have done a great job; the car is strong and feels very comfortable. Between the sessions we have been making changes to the car and they have been working well."
Friday pace setter Garry Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) will start from third on the grid. Despite - like Friday - not being entirely happy with his car, Holt is looking at the bigger picture.
"Though the problem we had yesterday under brakes is fixed, today I wasn't happy with the handling," Holt explained. "However, we'll look to fix that for race one, and the tyre wear has been good so we should be in a good position for the races tomorrow."
Barry Morcom (Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) will line up for the opening race in fourth place on the grid. Morcom's Lancer suffered boost problems on Friday and ended the day in eleventh place. With the problem fixed, he moved up the timesheets.
"The car is really good. The lack of boost was costing us time yesterday -- now that the boost is rectified, the times were there. Hopefully we can get a good start and keep out of trouble tomorrow morning," Morcom said.
The Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi of championship points leader Chris Alajajian rounds out the top five, a mere four one-thousandths of a second behind Morcom.
Peter Floyd's BP Ultimate HSV GTS was sixth fastest, and the best of the non-four-wheel drives in qualifying. He heads an eight car group down to position thirteen that includes HSV GTS', Mitsubishi Lancer EVO's and an FPV MkII GT and is covered by just eight tenths of a second.
Floyd is followed by Graham Alexander (Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII), Barry Sternbeck (Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS), Beric Lynton (Bruce Lynton BMW BMW M3), Steve Cramp (CVW Engineering HSV GTS), Michael Brock (Coopers Pale Ale Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII), John Falk (FPV MkII GT) and Dean Lillie (Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS).
The opening twelve lap race takes place tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 9:25. Another twelve lap race and a seventeen lap race will follow later in the day.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au
<pre> Wakefield Park Qualifying Top Ten
1. Mark King Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:04.2313 2. Gary Young Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:04.4006 3. Garry Holt Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:04.5436 4. Barry Morcom Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 1:04.8141 5. Chris Alajajian Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi 1:04.8182 6. Peter Floyd BP Ultimate HSV GTS 1:05.3330 7. Graham Alexander Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 1:05.4216 8. Barry Sternbeck Wake-Up! Backpackers HSV GTS 1:05.4844 9. Bruce Lynton Bruce Lynton BMW BMW M3 1:05.7827 10. Steve Cramp CVW Engineering HSV GTS 1:05.8361