ASTC: Bathurst Qualifying Report

Saturday, October 2 BOB JANE T-MARTS BATHURST '99 - Mount Panorama, NSW SUPER TOURING QUALIFYING REPORT: Saturday, October 2 RICHARDS WINS POLE AT BATHURST Works Volvo driver Jim Richards will start from pole position in today's 100km race...

Saturday, October 2

BOB JANE T-MARTS BATHURST '99 - Mount Panorama, NSW SUPER TOURING QUALIFYING REPORT: Saturday, October 2

RICHARDS WINS POLE AT BATHURST

Works Volvo driver Jim Richards will start from pole position in today's 100km race for Super Touring cars in the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst '99 meeting at Mount Panorama.

The six-times Bathurst 1000 champion earned the right to start from the front of the grid when he recorded the fastest qualifying time of 2-mins 18.68-secs around the 6.2km track. Richards, driving a front-drive Volvo S40, set the time in the opening qualifying session yesterday. He was unable to better the time in today's second qualifying session, but still retained first place on the grid.

Joining Richards on the front-row of the grid for today's 16-lap race will be 1999 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion Paul Morris, who clocked 2-mins 20.04-secs. Morris also set his best time in the opening session yesterday. During today's qualifying session Morris was forced off the track because of an engine failure. He will replace the engine before today's race.

The second row of the grid comprises works Volvo driver Craig Baird of New Zealand and Sydney's Dean Canto in a Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo. Baird, who had been fifth in the opening qualifying session, improved his best lap time by 3.48-secs today after the Volvo team solved an engine misfire problem.

Richards' qualifying performance provided Volvo with its second successive pole position at Bathurst. Swede Rickard Rydell claimed pole position at Bathurst in 1998 in a Volvo S40.

The finishing positions of today's 100k race will determine starting positions for tomorrow's 500km endurance event for Super Touring cars.

DRIVER QUOTES:

JIM RICHARDS (Volvo Racing S40): "We've been fastest in every session so I can't complain. I'm sure we have the car and tyre package that is capable of winning so now we have to keep things together and get out there and do it. I'm not sure Paul (Morris) has shown us his best as yet - maybe he's holding something back for the races."

PAUL MORRIS (NEMO Racing BMW 320): "Unfortunately an engine 'let go' in qualifying today. We had planned to put a fresh engine in the car after today's race and use it for the 500km enduro tomorrow. Now we will have to use the same engine for both races. The engine we've put in the car is from BMW Motorsport in Germany and I'm confident it will go the distance."

QUALIFYING RESULTS (final): POS DRIVERS CAR LAP TIME 1. J. Richards-C. McLean Volvo Racing S40 2:18.28 2. P. Morris NEMO Racing BMW 320 2:20.04 3. C. Baird-M. Coleman Volvo Racing S40 2:20.97 4. D. Canto-L. Ferrier Signature Security Ford Mondeo 2:23.24 5. P. Hills-R. Searle Signature Security Ford Mondeo 2:23.89 6. T. Searle-L. Searle Roadchill-SEA College BMW 318 2:25.24 7. T. Newman-M. Zonneveld TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 2:25.39 8. A. Robson TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 2:25.88 9. A. McGill-D. Pulver Trinovin Ford Mondeo 2:25.93 10. J. Cornish-R. Townshend Visit Your Vet Nissan Primera 2:26.26

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Series General
Drivers Jim Richards , Dean Canto , Craig Baird , Paul Morris , Bob Jane , Rickard Rydell