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