FHOLDEN: Hidden Valley NRC Racing qualifying

May 12, 2001 - NRC Racing Formula Holden drivers Stewart McColl and Emerson Newton-John will start the first of two races at Darwin's Hidden Valley circuit from 4th and 7th on the grid respectively after a difficult qualifying session. Despite...

May 12, 2001 - NRC Racing Formula Holden drivers Stewart McColl and Emerson Newton-John will start the first of two races at Darwin's Hidden Valley circuit from 4th and 7th on the grid respectively after a difficult qualifying session.

Despite faster lap times by McColl during the hot twenty minute qualifying session, Ralt Australia driver Alan Gurr managed to take the third spot from the NRC Racing driver, while Newton-John was unable to match or surpass the lap times he set during the morning practice session, resulting in his disappointing 7th placing.

Double Formula Holden Champion Simon Wills has secured Formula Holden's first Darwin Pole position just 3/100ths of a second ahead of series leader Rick Kelly.

Stewart McColl - "The car improved with every session and I am disappointed with 4th as I was sure that we could have done better. We know where we can make some changes to further improve the car for the races and I'm looking forward to gaining strong race finishes to keep my Championship chances alive."

Emerson Newton-John - "I don't understand why I was one second slower during qualifying compared to this morning's practice times, so I will be closely analysing the data with my engineers to ensure that I can compete strongly in the two races tomorrow."

Arthur Abrahams, Team Owner - "Our lap times would indicate that the team went the wrong way in looking to maximise a low downforce set-up here at Hidden Valley. We will make some changes for the morning warm up and we will have two races that our drivers will have to work very hard in to gain points towards our tilt at the Championship."

Fast fact: McColl's 4th position earning lap time of 1:04.7870s was 3.3 seconds faster than the current V8 current qualifying record set at Hidden Valley by Craig Lowndes (1:08.6062s).

<pre> Practice Session 3 Results (Top 6) - 9:10am - 20 minutes

1. Simon Wills - 1:03.5105s 2. Rick Kelly - 1:04.2517s 3. Stewart McColl - 1:05.0212s* 4. Christian Murchison - 1:05.4936s 5. Emerson Newton-John - 1:05.7667s* 6. Con Toparis - 1:05.9030s

-NRC Racing

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Simon Wills , Alan Gurr , Christian Murchison , Emerson Newton-John