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
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