ATCC: Symmons Plains report

MAR 17, 1996 SYMMONS PLAINS, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA... GM's young sensation "Das Wunderkid" Craig Lowndes retuned to the winners podium with a dominant performance to take round 4 of the 1996 Shell Australian Touring Car Championships at Tasmania's...

MAR 17, 1996 SYMMONS PLAINS, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA... GM's young sensation "Das Wunderkid" Craig Lowndes retuned to the winners podium with a dominant performance to take round 4 of the 1996 Shell Australian Touring Car Championships at Tasmania's Symmons Plains raceway.

It was a red letter day for the General as Lownde's team mate veteran Peter "Dorian Grey" Brock made it a Holden one-two finishing second to his younger teammate in all three heats.

Overall third and first Ford home was local hero John Bowe in the Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon with a third, fifth and fourth to lead home arch rival Glen Seton. Seton took a fourth and a third place in heats two and three after problems in the first heat.

Outside of Lowndes and Brock the racing was extremely close but also somewhat processional. The series organisers and the television networks dream of class parity has created cars now so even that passing is becoming almost non existent.

The teams now head north to support the Indy cars on The Gold Coast on March 30/31 before returning south for Round 5 at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit in Victoria on April 14th.

HEAT ONE DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRES Craig Lowndes Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS Peter Brock Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS John Bowe Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon D Alan Jones Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon BS Neil Crompton Coca Cola/Wayne Gardner Racing Holden Commodore D Russell Ingall Team Castrol Holden Commodore D

HEAT TWO                
DRIVER                TEAM                                CAR                        TYRES
Craig Lowndes        Mobil/Holden Racing Team        Holden Commodore        BS
Peter Brock        Mobil/Holden Racing Team        Holden Commodore        BS
Neil Crompton        Coca Cola/Wayne Gardner Racing        Holden Commodore        D
Glen Seton        Ford Credit Racing                Ford Falcon                BS
John Bowe        Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing        Ford Falcon                D
Larry Perkins        Team Castrol                        Holden Commodore        D

HEAT THREE DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRES Craig Lowndes Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS Peter Brock Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS Glen Seton Ford Credit Racing Ford Falcon BS John Bowe Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon D Mark Skaife Gibson SEGA MotorSport Holden Commodore Y Larry Perkins Team Castrol Holden Commodore D

OVERALL DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRES Craig Lowndes Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS Peter Brock Mobil/Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore BS John Bowe Shell/FAI/Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon D

POINTS Craig Lowndes 175 John Bowe 168 Glen Seton 124 Peter Brock 118 Mark Skaife 80

NEXT ROUND APRIL 14th PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOR RACEWAY, VIC.

-- Brett Ramsey On line Media consultant

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Series General
Drivers Alan Jones , Neil Crompton , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Larry Perkins , Peter Brock , Dick Johnson
Teams Holden Racing Team