2000 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia Round 8 Race 2 http://www.fholden.asn.au 27th August 2000 Wills Of Fire Simon Wills finished off his second championship season in fine style after coming...
2000 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia
Round 8 Race 2
27th August 2000
Wills Of Fire
Simon Wills finished off his second championship season in fine style after coming from third on the grid to win the sixteenth and final race of what has been the most closely fought CAMS Gold Star in many years. Wills drove brilliantly to pass Christian Murchison and Matthew Halliday and hit the front on lap seven after a fantastic three-way fight for the lead. Halliday finished second 0.69s behind with Dale Brede matching his career-best finish by coming home third in his final (like Murchison, Halliday and Wills) Gold Star appearance. Steve Owen was next in fourth ahead of Stevenson and the recovering Murchison, who executed a quick, tyre smoking spin at Turn Two on lap eight.
The race was a ripper, with battles raging right through the field. Paul Dumbrell, who started from pit lane after his team had to make a hasty pre-race engine change, was the first retirement when he speared off the road at undiminished speed and took Les Crampton with him. A bent suspension putting paid to the seventeen-year-old's chances of finishing the championship in fourth spot. Brenton Ramsay was another big mover, having sat out the first race and charged up to eighth by the twelfth lap, before the Red Flag was brought out for an incident at the Northern Hairpin.
Ian Peters, driving Jason Bright's 1997 championship winning machine, flipped over after contact was made with Les Crampton as the pair raced side-by-side through the first gear turn. The rollbar of Peters' car was destroyed and officials took due care in righting the machine, which saw the race declared after 12 laps. Peters was uninjured in the incident and still secured second place in the Silver Star Championship behind Peter Hill, who finished race two as the top SS runner in seventh outright.
Overall positions at the end of the day were Simon Wills/ Birrana Racing - first, from Christian Murchison/ NRC Racing and Matthew Halliday/ Challenge Ralt Racing. Wills and Murchison celebrated their successful season's by performing huge tyre-smoking doughnuts in front of the Turn One Grandstand.
<pre> Top Ten Finishers Race 2 Pos Driver Team Car Laps Time Fastest 1 Simon Wills Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 12 12:48.7270 1:02.7892 2 Matthew Halliday Ralt Challenge Racing Reynard 94D 12 12:53.7665 1:03.5029 3 Dale Brede NRC Racing Reynard 95D 12 12:59.0676 1:03.4883 4 Steve Owen Hocking Motorsport Reynard 97D 12 13:01.5247 1:03.9573 5 LeRoy Stevenson Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 12 13:02.1709 1:04.1366 6 Christian Murchison NRC Racing Reynard 95D 12 13:03.4384 1:02.6096 7 Peter Hill Murphy Motorsport Reynard 95D 12 13:23.9026 1:05.1940 8 Brenton Ramsay Birrana Racing Reynard 94D 12 13:29.4802 1:05.0277 9 Mark Ellis Mantis Racing Reynard 92D 12 13:32.3903 1:06.0289 10 Terry Clearihan Terry Clearihan Ralt RT23 12 13:38.9530 1:06.0696
Current Lap Record is 1:02.5700 set 07/08/94 by Paul Stokell Reynard 91D 2000 Holden Australian Drivers Championship
1. Wills 244pts, 2. Murchison 208pts, 3. Halliday 163pts, 4. Leahey 109pts, 5. Stevenson 97pts, 6. Dumbrell 96pts, 7. Brede 80pts, 8. Staff 63pts, 9. Booth 57pts, 10. Owen 56pts.