BOB JANE T-MARTS BATHURST '99 - Mount Panorama, NSW SUPER TOURING RACE REPORT: Saturday, October 2 RICHARDS & VOLVO WIN AT BATHURST Works Volvo driver Jim Richards continued his stunning success at Mount Panorama today when he cruised to a ...
BOB JANE T-MARTS BATHURST '99 - Mount Panorama, NSW SUPER TOURING RACE REPORT: Saturday, October 2
RICHARDS & VOLVO WIN AT BATHURST
Works Volvo driver Jim Richards continued his stunning success at Mount Panorama today when he cruised to a comfortable win in the 100km Super Touring race at the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst '99 meeting.
Richards, a six-times Bathurst 1000 champion, completed the 16-lap race in 37-mins 50.28-secs. The 52-year-old Melbourne-based New Zealander took the chequered flag by 6.70-secs from 1999 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion Paul Morris of Queensland in an ex-works BMW 320. Morris led for the opening six laps, before Richards swept past him to take first position entering The Chase at the end of Conrod Straight.
The Volvo team provided Richards with a decisive advantage during the compulsory pit-stops for all cars to change two wheels. Volvo completed the pit-stop 6-secs quicker than Morris' crew. New Zealand's Craig Baird was third in another works Volvo S40, followed by Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo team-mates Peter Hills and Dean Canto.
Richards' win means he will start from pole position in tomorrow's 500km Super Touring endurance race. His team-mate for the event is Queensland's Cameron McLean. Morris will contest the race by himself, while Baird is teamed with Victorian Matthew Coleman. All leading teams expect to make two pit-stops during the event.
JIM RICHARDS (Volvo Racing S40): "We seemed to have a little more straight-line speed than the BMW, but I had to try all day. Once we got in front we did it pretty comfortably. Our pit-stop was fantastic - probably the team's best of the year. We're looking good for the 'big one' tomorrow."
PAUL MORRIS (NEMO Racing BMW 320): "The Volvo was quick out there, but I got caught behind some slower cars at the wrong time. The (500km) race tomorrow could be decided by who gets through the 'traffic' the best. We had an engine failure in qualifying. After that we had to put our new engine from BMW Motorsport in Germany in the car a little earlier than intended."
CRAIG BAIRD (Volvo Racing S40): "I made a good start - it's the first time I've started a Volvo so I was actually a little surprised with how good it went. We've had problems with an engine misfire and it's costing us speed. The fuel pressure light was on the whole race. If the car was 100-percent I'm sure we would be much closer to the guys at the front."
RACE RESULTS (also starting positions for 500km race): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 37:50.28 2. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 37:56.98 3. Craig Baird (NZ) Volvo Racing S40 39:00.13 4. Peter Hills (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 39:02.96 5. Dean Canto (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 39:15.20 6. Aaron McGill (NSW) Trinovin Ford Mondeo Lap down 7. Tony Newman (NZ) TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 Lap down 8. Anthony Robson (NSW)TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 Lap down 9. Jamie Miller (NSW) Archerfield Speed Karts Toyota Carina Lap down 10. Mark Porter (NSW) MPD Racing BMW 318 Lap down FASTEST LAP: Richards 2-mins 18.52-secs
BATHURST TOURERS V8 REPORT - Saturday, October 2
James Brock, son of nine-times Bathurst 1000 champion Peter Brock, emerged fastest in non-qualifying practice at Mount Panorama today in preparation for tomorrow's 300km race for the new Bathurst Tourers V8 category.
Brock Jnr clocked a lap of 2-mins 29.19-secs around the 6.2km circuit in a Biante Model Cars Holden Commodore. He will starts from third position on the grid after finishing third fastest in the two qualifying sessions held on Thursday and yesterday. Victorians Peter Fitzgerald and Darren McDonald will start on pole position after qualifying fastest in yesterday's session with 2-mins 28.01-secs.
BATHURST TOURERS V8 GRID POSITIONS: POS DRIVERS CAR TIME 1. P. Fitzgerald-D. McDonald Powermac Racing Products Commodore 2:28.01 2. M. Brewer-T. Wyhoon Bruce Williams Motorsport Commodore 2:29.93 3. J. Brock Biante Model Cars Commodore 2:30.95 4. R. Sidebottom-A. McInnes AustralianPetroleum Supplies Commodore 2:31.06 5. J. Wylie Jason Wylie Racing Commodore 2:32.32