2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Round 4 Race 1 Report - Canberra, 9th June 2001 Kelly Extends Championship Lead 18-YEAR-OLD Mildura based driver Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) scored his fourth Holden Australian ...
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Round 4 Race 1 Report - Canberra, 9th June 2001
Kelly Extends Championship Lead
18-YEAR-OLD Mildura based driver Rick Kelly (Birrana Racing/ HYL - Reynard 94D) scored his fourth Holden Australian Drivers' Championship win after a dominant display on the streets of Canberra this afternoon. In cool and overcast conditions Kelly went to the line ahead of Hocking Motorsport's Christian Murchison, the Singaporean unable to do anything about Kelly's dominance despite setting an almost identical fastest lap time late in the race.
NSW's Alan Gurr (Konica/ Challenge - Reynard 94D) finished in a strong third for the third time this season and gained a fist full of championship points in the process. Coming home in a brilliant, career-best fourth spot was local Canberra 'ace' Terry Clearihan (Ralt RT23), who survived a wheel-banging battle with Victorian extreme-sports entrepreneur Peter Hill (M ONE 11 - Reynard 95D). Hill and Clearihan turned their valuable FH machines into dirt-track specials in what was an intense 'winner take all' skirmish mid-race. Hill eventually made it past Clearihan at his second attempt, only to run wide and drop back as the pair recovered - although not before Hill did a bit of full-blooded tyre barrier bull-dozing.
Dramas for Dale Brede (oil leak) and Roger Oakeshott (Sportsmed - Reynard 97D) depleted the mid-field, which saw FH 'new boy' Con Toparis (Casino Canberra/ Pura Milk - Reynard 96D) hold out Ian Peters (Tandy - Reynard 91D and Rohan Carrig (CRD - Reynard 89D) for the minor placings.
RACE 1 RESULTS
Pos Car Driver Entrant Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap 1 2 RICK KELLY HOLDEN YOUNG LIONS 10 16:57.6358 4 1:40.9000* 2 75 CHRISTIAN MURCHISON CHRIS HOCKING 10 17:00.1883 8 1:40.9807 3 11 ALAN GURR KONICA - TELECEL 10 17:37.6903 4 1:44.6405 4 27 TERRY CLEARIHAN NATIONAL NEON SIGNS CANBERRA 10 18:05.3875 7 1:46.2393 5 66 PETER HILL M-ONE-11 TRANS ELEMENT 10 18:17.8011 7 1:43.6900 6 24 IAN PETERS IAN PETERS 10 18:42.5151 9 1:48.5822 7 12 CON TOPARIS JONH HERMAN 10 18:45.2554 8 1:50.3223 8 49 ROHAN CARRIG ROHAN CARRIG 9 17:19.7253 4 1:51.9455 DNF 74 DALE BREDE CHRIS HOCKING 5 9:09.3106 4 1:47.5945 DNF 28 ROGER OAKESHOTT HOCKING MOTOR SPORT 4 7:36.2695 3 1:52.8873
Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 139kph Current Lap Record Is 1:39.5409 Set On 10/06/2000 By Simon Wills In A Reynard 94D R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time