ASTC: Oran Park Qualifying Report

BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 2 ORAN PARK, NSW: Qualifying Report, Saturday, April 25 JONES WINS POLE - SHEUMACK STARS Albury& ...

BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 2 ORAN PARK, NSW: Qualifying Report, Saturday, April 25 JONES WINS POLE - SHEUMACK STARS Albury’s Brad Jones has won pole position for both races in the second round of the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship motor racing series at Oran Park tomorrow. The 38-year-old Audi Sport Australia driver, who won the championship in 1996, earned the right to start from pole position in the two races when he emerged fastest in both qualifying sessions today in his A4 quattro in fine conditions. Jones was quickest in the first session with a lap of 42.67-secs around the 1.9km Oran Park short-circuit, and he clocked 42.68-secs in the second session. His qualifying performances boosted his championship tally by two points. Championship leader Cameron McConville of Victoria qualified second in the first session, and will join team-mate Jones on the front row of the grid for race one over 21 laps. Multiple Bathurst 1000 champion Jim Richards finished second fastest in the second qualifying session in a works Volvo Dealer Team S40. He will start on the outside of the front row in the second race, which will be contested over 42 laps and includes a compulsory pit-stop for all 20 cars entered. Queensland's Cameron McLean was the leading Independents Cup driver, finishing fourth in both sessions in his Greenfield Mowers BMW 320. NSW's Trevor Sheumack made a creditable championship debut by qualifying sixth for both races in the Faber-Castell Racing BMW 318 previously raced by NSW trio Justin Matthews, Peter Nelson, and Peter Nelson. Sheumack regularly attends championship race meetings as a Michelin tyre technician. Less than a second separated nine cars from Sheumack back to NSW’s Peter Hills in 14th position in a Knight Racing Ford Mondeo in the first qualifying session. NSW's Carlos Rolfo, who is also making his championship debut at Oran Park, and Toyota Carina driver Milton Leslight both had their cars badly damaged in a freak collision in the practice session before the two qualifying sessions. Rolfo spun his CR Motorsport BMW 318 onto the infield and his car was bogged in long grass. Minutes later Leslight spun off nearby and his car struck Rolfo's stationary vehicle. DRIVER QUOTES: BRAD JONES (Audi Sport Australia A4): "That's the first time I've had pole this year so I'm rapt. The two championship points are a bonus as well. Both my pole laps were good ones - I don't think I could have done much better. Slow cars could be a problem around here, especially in the second race when we're lapping them. I won here in '96 and there's no reason why I can't do it again." JIM RICHARDS (Volvo Racing Australia S40): "The first race will be hard because I'm starting off the second row. In that situation I can't see myself beating the Audis to the first corner, but you never know. If I have to chase the Audis my game-plan will be to try and put pressure on them and force a mistake." CARLOS ROLFO (CR Motorsport BMW 318): "I locked up a rear wheel (in the warm-up) near the end of the back section of the circuit and spun across the infield. I tried to drive back onto the track, but the car got stuck. I was just about to get put when Milton (Leslight) hit my car on the passenger door. It's bent the roll cage, the floor, and the firewall. I missed the first qualifying session, but I managed a few laps in the second. I'll start the first race tomorrow and we'll see what happens." MILTON LESLIGHT (All Auto Parts Toyota Carina): "It was terribly unfortunate what happened. In my opinion the session should have been stopped when Carlos (Rolfo) went off because his car was in what I would call a "dangerous" position. The front right of my car was smashed - I can't say if I'll be able to get things fixed before the races. We'll try our best." QUALIFYING TIMES (Saturday): SESSION 1 (starting grid positions Race 1): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 42.67-secs 2. Cameron McConville (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 43.07 3. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Dealer Team S40 43.13 4. Cameron McLean (Qld) Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320 43.15 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Attitude Clothing Honda Accord 44.49 6. Trevor Sheumack (NSW) Faber-Castell Racing BMW 318 44.85 7. Ron Searle (NSW) Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 45.10 8. Tony Newman (NZ) Starion Enterprises Peugeot 406 45.15 9. Adam Kaplan (NSW) Hunter Holden Nissan Primera 45.37 10. John Henderson (NSW) Opel Vectra 45.43 SESSION 2 (starting grid positions Race 2): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 42.68 2. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Dealer team S40 42.73 3. Cameron McConville (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 42.86 4. Cameron McLean (Qld) Greenfield Mowers Racing BMW 320 43.87 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Attitude Clothing Honda Accord 44.49 6. Trevor Sheumack (NSW) Faber-Castell Racing BMW 318 44.69 7. Ron Searle (NSW) Phoenix Motorsport Toyota Camry 44.80 8. Bob Tweedie (NSW) IBC Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 45.06 9. Craig Bradshaw (NSW) Grid Motorsport BMW 318 45.09 10. Paul Pickett (NSW) Knight Racing Ford Mondeo 45.46

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Drivers Cameron McConville , Jim Richards , Brad Jones , Cameron McLean , Trevor Sheumack , Peter Hill , Justin Matthews , Craig Bradshaw