FHOLDEN: Calder Park race one report

2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Round 5 Race 1 Report - Calder, 15th July 2001 Kelly's Cruise Rick Kelly made his job of securing this year's CAMS Gold Star a lot easier when he scored an easy win during the first race of round...

2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Round 5 Race 1 Report - Calder, 15th July 2001

Kelly's Cruise

Rick Kelly made his job of securing this year's CAMS Gold Star a lot easier when he scored an easy win during the first race of round five of the Holden Australian Drivers' Championship at a freezing cold Calder Park today. Kelly led from the start and withstood a Turn One challenge from Emerson Newton-John to go to the line with a seven second margin over Singapore's Christian Murchison. Murchison winning the battle with American, Newton-John to go to the line in second spot, although he will need to make his best start to hold of the fast-starting Californian in race two.

Chris Hocking made a welcome return to the category to come home in a delighted fourth place, with Terry Clearihan claiming fifth outright, the Silver Star win and matching his career-best finish in the process. Behind him Ian Peters and Mark Ellis also matched their career-best finishes of sixth and seventh respectively, benefiting from an opening lap that saw Alan Gurr, Peter Hill and Roger Oakeshott come to grief. Oakeshott spun into the wall on cold tyres, while Hill and Gurr came together at the right hander at the end of the long back straight.

By virtue of his win, Kelly has increased his points lead over Murchison to a whopping 78 points and a win in today's second race will have him thinking about wrapping the championship up at Oran Park in two weeks time. The Silver Star title chase is hotting up with Clearihan now just seven points behind Ian Peters, having recorded his sixth Silver Star win on the trot.

<pre> Race 1 Results

Pos Car Driver CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap

1     2  RICK KELLY               21    19:23.0844  17 0:54.3799*
2    75  CHRISTIAN MURCHISON      21    19:30.4757  10 0:54.9016
3    12  EMERSON NEWTON-JOHN      21    19:45.8843   4 0:55.6098
4    74  CHRIS HOCKING            21    20:12.2427  20 0:56.1801
5    27  TERRY CLEARIHAN          21    20:17.1954   8 0:56.6185
6    24  IAN PETERS               20    19:43.5828  18 0:56.5715
7    17  MARK ELLIS               20    19:44.2151  17 0:56.5482
8    66  PETER HILL               20    20:11.4832  16 0:58.0584
9    49  ROHAN CARRIG             19    19:28.0950  14 0:58.8515
10   11  ALAN GURR                19    19:51.3790  17 0:55.1479
DNF  28  ROGER OAKSHOTTE

Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 151kph, Race Av.Speed Is 148kph Current Race Lap Record Is 0:53.0658 Set On 28/04/1996 By Scott Dixon (NZ) In A Reynard R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time

-FH-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Scott Dixon , Rick Kelly , Alan Gurr , Peter Hill , Christian Murchison , Mark Ellis , Emerson Newton-John