2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Round 5 Race 2 Report - Calder, 15th July 2001 Seventy Percent Win Rate For Kelly After yet another dominant display by Victorian eighteen-year-old Rick Kelly, the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' ...
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Round 5 Race 2 Report - Calder, 15th July 2001
Seventy Percent Win Rate For Kelly
After yet another dominant display by Victorian eighteen-year-old Rick Kelly, the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship may very well be decided at the very next round of the series. Kelly again led all the way, despite the best efforts of Christian Murchison who almost out-dragged him on the run down to Turn One at the start of the race. Try as he might, and driving with minimal downforce, Murchison could do nothing about the 0.4s lap speed advantage displayed by Kelly and will need to win at Oran Park to keep his championship hopes alive.
Californian Emerson Newton-John backed up his fine morning performance with another strong third place on his return to the category and showed enough to be considered a threat in the remaining rounds. Peter Hill flew through the field for a fine fourth after enjoying another spirited battle with Canberra's Terry Clearihan and category returnee Chris Hocking. Hocking claimed the Silver Star spoils, proving his two-year lay-off has done little to slow him.
Behind Hocking in fifth was NSW's Alan Gurr, who had a torrid day after qualifying second fastest. A couple of spins put him to the back, but thereafter he recovered for some valuable points, showing good speed in the process. Clearihan's seventh, and second Silver Star spot, allowed him to close the points-gap to SS championship leader Ian Peters to just three with six races remaining. Peters came home eighth to maintain his unblemished finishing record, with all eleven drivers making it to the line in a supreme display of reliability.
<pre> Race 2 Results
Pos Car Entrant Driver CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap
1 2 HOLDEN YOUNG LIONS RICK KELLY 21 19:15.4377 8 0:54.4838* 2 75 HOCKING MOTORSPORT CHRISTIAN MURCHISON 21 19:25.5763 12 0:54.7961 3 12 RALT AUSTRALIA EMERSON NEWTON-JOHN 21 19:47.3377 4 0:55.6285 4 66 M ONE 11 PETER HILL 21 19:51.2541 17 0:55.1819 5 74 HOCKING MOTORSPORT CHRIS HOCKING 21 19:55.2022 21 0:55.7486 6 11 CHALLENGE/KONICA ALAN GURR 21 20:06.7887 9 0:55.5774 7 27 NATIONAL NEON SIGNS TERRY CLEARIHAN 20 19:15.3759 12 0:56.5106 8 24 PETERS RACING IAN PETERS 20 19:19.0859 16 0:56.6608 9 17 MILLAR MOTORS MARK ELLIS 20 19:20.6031 10 0:56.6030 10 49 ROHAN CARRIG ROHAN CARRIG 20 19:58.4467 8 0:58.7568 11 28 HOCKING MOTORSPORT ROGER OAKSHOTTE 19 19:29.4749 12 0:56.6341
Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 151kph, Race Av.Speed Is 149kph Current Race Lap Record Is 0:53.0658 Set On 28/04/1998 By Scott Dixon (NZ) In A Reynard R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship(Top Ten) 1.Rick Kelly 185 2.Christian Murchison 102 3.Stewart McColl 74 4.Peter Hill 65 5.Simon Wills 60 6.Alan Gurr 53 7.Emerson Newton-John 49 8.Terry Clearihan 44 9.Ian Peters 38 10.Roger Oakeshott 25
2001 Formula Holden Silver Star 1.Ian Peters 136 2.Terry Clearihan 130 3.Roger Oakeshott 93 4.Rohan Carrig 74 5.Mark Ellis 47 6.Chris Hocking 40