The Performance King of Wakefield A near perfect weekend in round two of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Wakefield Park has vaulted Mark King to the top of the championship points table. The crowd who gathered on...
The Performance King of Wakefield
A near perfect weekend in round two of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship at Wakefield Park has vaulted Mark King to the top of the championship points table. The crowd who gathered on the cold day and windy day at the Goulburn circuit were treated to plenty of great racing and action throughout the field, with King taking a second place finish and two race wins to claim the round victory and move from fifth to first place in the series standings.
From pole position, King (Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) took the lead of the opening race, however bolts on the differential housing of the Lancer sheared. While it didn't cost him any time, nor was it enough to stop the car, it made for some interesting moments. He eventually finished second, just behind Garry Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII).
With the differential once again secured in place, King made race two and three his own; steering the Lancer to a pair of lights to flag victories around the tight and twisty 2.2km circuit.
"We are really happy with the car this weekend," enthused King. "The boys fixed the diff problems from race one and the car was sensational off the line in the races with the speed to go on with it.
"It's a great result for the weekend. Obviously we had good pace at Adelaide as well, but the results didn't follow. To come here and get the round win and move into the lead of the championship is excellent."
Luck hasn't always been with Garry Holt (Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII) at Wakefield Park in recent times; however it was working with the Sydney driver today. After taking the win in the opening race, Holt remained in the top three for the remaining races and ended the round in second place.
"I've had luck on my side this weekend," said Holt. "In that final race, all sorts of things came up. We had a problem with the intercooler, and then started having gearbox problems as well, but we got there.
"The car wasn't really where we wanted it to be this weekend, but we'll work at it between now and Eastern Creek."
Making it a clean sweep of Mitsubishi Lancer drivers on the weekend podium was Graham Alexander (Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII). After setting the second fastest time in Friday's practice session a blown head gasket in qualifying left him down the order. Diligent drives were rewarded with third and second placings in the final two races, and third place outright for the weekend.
"We blew a head gasket in qualifying, so to fight back today and end the weekend on the podium is great," said Alexander. "All weekend, the car has been excellent. It was just as good at the end of the weekend as it was at the start."
Peter Floyd (BP Ultimate HSV GTS) was the best of the non-four-wheel drives, ending the weekend in fourth place having gained ground throughout the weekend. In a similar fashion, Beric Lynton (Donut King BMW M3) ended the weekend in fifth place in his first race meeting after a high speed crash at the Clipsal 500.
It wasn't all smooth sailing for the four wheel drives, with Chris Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi) among those who had a weekend to forget. Alajajian entered the weekend with the championship lead, however things went downhill after recording a fifth place finish in race one. A sheared wheel nut saw the Subaru part company with its left front wheel during race two, and in race three, a driveshaft problem left the Sydney driver stranded on the grid.
Another driver who came to Wakefield with high hopes after a strong start to the year in Adelaide, only to face problems during the weekend was Barry Sternbeck (Wake Up! HSV GTS). Oil pressure problems in race one forced Sternbeck -- who entered the weekend fourth in the championship -- to pit and forfeit a probable top eight finish in the opening race.
In race two, an opening lap incident also involving Barrie Nesbitt (Donut King HSV GTS) and Trevor Haines (FordForums.com.au FPV MkII GT) ended his race. He came through the field in the final race to finish seventh in a gutsy drive, despite the gear lever snapping in his hand on lap ten. Two rounds into the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, Mark King now sits at the top of the leader board, with 141 points. Garry Holt is second on 130, ahead of Peter Floyd on 123, while Alajajian slips to fourth with 97.
The next round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship will be at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway on May 27-29.
For more information on the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship, visit www.performanceracing.net.au
<pre> Race 1 Top 6 1. Garry Holt Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 2. Mark King Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 3. Barry Morcom Rondo Building Services Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 4. Gary Young Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 5. Chris Alajajian Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi 6. Peter Floyd BP Ultimate HSV GTS
Race 2 Top 6 1. Mark King Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 2. Garry Holt Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 3. Graham Alexander Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 4. Gary Young Readymix Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 5. Peter Floyd BP Ultimate HSV GTS 6. Beric Lynton Donut King BMW M3
Race 3 Top 6 1. Mark King Delphi/Kings Springs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 2. Graham Alexander Corio Auto Parts Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII 3. Garry Holt Century 21 Real Estate Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII 4. Peter Floyd BP Ultimate HSV GTS 5. Beric Lynton Donut King BMW M3 6. John Falk Fibreglass International FPV MkII GT
Championship Standings after Wakefield Park 1. Mark King 141 2. Garry Holt 130 3. Peter Floyd 123 4. Chris Alajajian 97 5. Gary Young 91 6. Graham Alexander 86