Ten wins from thirteen starts has 18-year-old Rick Kelly on the verge of becoming the driver to win the most championship races in a single Formula Holden season. The all-time record is held by Simon Wills, who scored eleven wins from thirteen ...
Ten wins from thirteen starts has 18-year-old Rick Kelly on the verge of becoming the driver to win the most championship races in a single Formula Holden season. The all-time record is held by Simon Wills, who scored eleven wins from thirteen starts in the 1999 season, but with three races remaining Kelly can wrestle the record from him - and after winning today's first Mallala event he is perfectly poised to do so. Kelly won an incident-filled race after making a slower start than his front-row team mate Brenton Ramsay, but after taking the lead in Turn One the Mildura youngster was never headed.
Christian Murchison came home in second after a blinding first lap saw him vault from fourth on the grid into second spot, but could do little about the superior speed of Kelly. Brenton Ramsay, who slipped to third after the opening lap machinations, looked to be catching Murchison, but a brake failure saw him spear off into the sand-trap at unabated speed. This allowed Alan Gurr into third spot after a steady run that saw him fending off the advances of Emerson Newton-John and Peter Hill. Newton-John would come home right behind Gurr and well ahead of Ian Peters, who drove a great race to score a well-earned fifth and take the Silver Star win, regaining the championship lead in the process.
The race saw a number of incidents, with Mark Ellis (recovered for seventh), Chris Hocking (likewise for sixth) and Roger Oakeshott all experiencing spins, while Peter Hill was Black-Flagged for an oil leak, Terry Clearihan lost a cylinder and Rohan Carrig also joined Clearihan in the pits at one stage.
<pre> Race 1 Results
Pos Car Entrant Driver Vehicle Laps Race.Time Fastest...Lap
1 2 Holden Young Lions Rick Kelly (SA) Reynard 94D 18 19:16.4089 12 1:03.2178* 2 75 Hocking Motorsport Christian Murchison VIC Reynard 97D 18 19:29.9981 6 1:04.1018 3 11 Ralt Australia Alan Gurr (NSW) Reynard 94D 18 19:48.9474 6 1:04.6277 4 76 Hocking Motorsport Emerson Newton-John VIC Reynard 97D 18 19:49.8897 6 1:04.8270 5 24 Cantech Engineering Ian Peters (SA) Reynard 91D 18 20:19.8279 10 1:06.2793 6 74 Hocking Motorsport Chris Hocking (VIC) Reynard 97D 17 19:32.2982 10 1:05.8710 7 17 Millar Motors Mark Ellis (VIC) Reynard 92D 17 20:02.5048 10 1:07.3198 8 49 Rohan Carrig Rohan Carrig (VIC) Reynard 98D 17 20:07.1312 15 1:08.7126 9 66 M One 11 Peter Hill (VIC) Reynard 95D 15 19:43.9314 5 1:05.2396 NC 27 National Neon Signs Terry Clearihan (ACT) Ralt RT23 9 19:45.9053 2 1:10.7034 DNF 28 Hocking Motorsport Roger Oakeshott (SA) Reynard 97D 10 11:25.5152 10 1:06.0409 DNF 9 Birrana Racing Brenton Ramsay (SA) Reynard 95D 6 6:35.5709 5 1:04.0713
Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 148kph, Race Av.Speed Is 146kph Current Lap Record Is 1:02.5700 Set On 07/08/1994 By Paul Stokell (SA) In A Birrana Reynard R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time