FHOLDEN: Kelly takes first Phillip Island race

Eighteen-year-old Mildura driver Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions/ Birrana Racing Reynard 94D) scored victory in only his second Formula Holden outing at a bright and sunny Phillip Island today. Kelly had to overcome a mid-race falter and two...

Eighteen-year-old Mildura driver Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions/ Birrana Racing Reynard 94D) scored victory in only his second Formula Holden outing at a bright and sunny Phillip Island today. Kelly had to overcome a mid-race falter and two lapped cars to go to the line 0.14s ahead of Californian Emerson Newton-John, who challenged Kelly on the run to the line after clawing his way up to second in a spirited drive.

Filling third spot was Singapore's Christian Murchison (Racing for Singapore/ Hocking Motorsport Reynard 98D), surviving a 'moment' at the Southern Loop on his penultimate lap to come home ahead of the second NRC machine of Stuart McColl, who recovered after stalling at the start of the 14 lap event.

Chris Staff, still struggling with the handling in the second Hocking entry, came home a lonely fifth after a good battle with McColl and Peter Hill (M ONE 11/ Murphy Motorsport Reynard 95D), who moved up from ninth on the grid. Rounding out the top seven was Paul Stephenson - getting faster with every lap after running the car for the first time in Friday's second practice session.

Roger Oakeshott (Sportsmed Reynard 97D) claimed Silver Star honours and eighth outright ahead of Ian Peters (EDS Reynard 91D) and Rohan Carrig, the latter also spearing off the road on lap 13. Alan Gurr (Konica/ Telecell Reynard 94D) failed to finish the opening race and Mark Ellis was a non-starter after striking trouble in the warm-up.

Formula Holden Race 1 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pos Car Driver Entrant Vehicle Cap CL Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap

1     2  Rick Kelly          Holden Young Lions  Reynard 94D    3800       14    20:22.3348  11 1:25.7205*
2    20  Emerson Newton-John NRC Racing          Reynard 95D    3800       14    20:22.4844  12 1:26.1307 
3    75  Christian Murchison Hocking Motorsport  Reynard 97D    3800       14    20:30.6014  11 1:26.4053 
4    19  Stewart McColl      NRC Racing          Reynard 95D    3800       14    20:33.3271  12 1:25.9651 
5    74  Chris Staff         Hocking Motorsport  Reynard 97D    3800       14    21:00.7005   4 1:28.3755 
6    66  Peter Hill          M-ONE-11            Reynard 95D    3800       14    21:19.7443   5 1:29.3230 
7     3  Paul Stephenson     Paul Stephenson     Reynard 92                14    21:30.2982   6 1:29.5800 
8    28  Roger Oakeshott     Barshott Racing     Reynard 97D    3800       14    21:33.9645  11 1:31.1293 
9    24  Ian Peters          Cantech             Reynard 91D    3800       13    20:24.5710   6 1:32.1818 
10   49  Rohan Carrig        Rohan Carrig        Reynard 89D    3800       13    21:45.5767   3 1:35.1342 
DNF  11  Alan Gurr           Alan Gurr           Reynard 94D    3800        5     7:34.4880   2 1:28.8540 
DNS  17  Mark Ellis          Millar Motors       Reynard 92D    3800      

Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 187kph, Race Av.Speed Is 183kph Current Lap Record Is 1:24.2215 Set On 13/02/2000 By Simon Wills In A Reynard 94D R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time -www.formulaholden.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rick Kelly , Simon Wills , Alan Gurr , Peter Hill , Christian Murchison , Mark Ellis , Emerson Newton-John , Phillip Island