FHOLDEN: NRC Racing drivers fourth and sixth in Darwin practice

Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway roared to the sounds of the fastest open wheelers in Australia for the first time today when the Formula Holdens hit the circuit for two thirty minute practice sessions. NRC Racing Formula Holden drivers Emerson ...

Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway roared to the sounds of the fastest open wheelers in Australia for the first time today when the Formula Holdens hit the circuit for two thirty minute practice sessions.

NRC Racing Formula Holden drivers Emerson Newton-John and Stewart McColl steadily improved their lap times around the fast 2.9km circuit throughout the two sessions, but were unable to bridge the gap to early pace setters Simon Wills and Rick Kelly.

The team attributes the super fast times set by Wills and Kelly today to their use of less worn tyres in the hot track conditions and is confident of stronger performances in qualifying tomorrow with the use of new Yokohama control tyres along with a number of aero and mechanical changes.

Emerson Newton-John - "It has been very tough for us to match the pace set by the Birrana team here but we have identified a few problems that the team will rectify overnight and this should make us much more competitive tomorrow. Hidden Valley is an excellent racing circuit, it is very challenging in a Formula Holden and I like it a lot."

Stewart McColl - "It has been tough going today - we should have been much faster in the second session but my problems continued and became worse. We will have to make major changes for qualifying that should result in a strong improvement for qualifying. Hidden Valley is an exciting, busy circuit in terms of layout. It is very challenging and I enjoy racing here." /ends.

Full NRC Racing driver profiles, press releases and high resolution / web sized images can be found on line ast www.nrcinternational.com.au.

For further information contact NRC Racing Media Relations Manager, Paul Marinelli at Hidden Valley on 0417 558 655. Driver contact numbers - Emerson Newton-John - 0415 792 102 / Stewart McColl - 0418 489 518.

Emerson Newton-John website - www.enjracing.com

<pre> Top 6 Results for each session:

Practice Session 1 - 10:30am (Fine and Hot)

1. Simon Wills - 1:05.2539s 2. Rick Kelly - 1:05.3229s 3. Alan Gurr - 1:05.9666s 4. Emerson Newton-John - 1:07.5079s 5. Stewart McColl - 1:07.5111s 6. Christian Murchison - 1:07.8617s

Practice Session 2 - 1:15pm

1. Simon Wills - 1:04.3530s 2. Rick Kelly - 1:04.5702s 3. Alan Gurr - 1:05.8833s 4. Emerson Newton-John - 1:06.7047s 5. Christian Murchison - 1:06.8243s 6. Stewart McColl - 1:07.1999s

-NRC Racing

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