FHOLDEN: Wills and Kelly turn up the Valley heat

Returning champion Simon Wills (Birrana Racing Reynard 94D) and series debutante Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions Reynard 94D) have scorched up the tarmac in the opening two practice sessions for Round 3 of the Holden Australian Drivers Championship...

Returning champion Simon Wills (Birrana Racing Reynard 94D) and series debutante Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions Reynard 94D) have scorched up the tarmac in the opening two practice sessions for Round 3 of the Holden Australian Drivers Championship at a hot and sunny Hidden Valley circuit today.

Wills topped the timesheets with an amazing 1:04.3530 lap time, setting what would have to be the fastest ever lap recorded around the Hidden Valley circuit. Wills had to contend with a small oil leak in the first session and was limited to only ten laps, but experienced no such difficulties in the second session.

18 Year old Holden Young Lion Rick Kelly traded fastest laps with Wills all day, during sessions which had all the hallmarks of qualifying as the two guns went head to head. Kelly ended up only two-tenths adrift of Wills at the end of P2 when the red flag came out for a stranded Peter Hill with about six minutes still left to run. The session did not resume.

Alan Gurr (Telecell Konica Reynard 94D) was third fastest in a very impressive performance for the nineteen year old, ahead of American driver Emerson Newton-John (NRC Racing Reynard 95D), Christian Murchison (Hocking Motorsport Reynard 97D) and Stewart McColl (NRC Racing Reynard 95D).

A number of drivers tested the limits of their machines during the faster second session, with spins from Peters, Toparis and Hill.

The Formula Holden machines will hit the track for a final practice session on Saturday morning, before qualifying on Saturday afternoon over a single 20-minute session. Both 50 kilometre races will take place on Sunday.

<pre> PRACTICE SESSION 2

Pos Car Entrant Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Fastest...Lap Gap

1 1 Birrana Racing Pty Ltd Simon Wills (SA) Reynard 94D 3800 14 13 1:04.3530* 2 2 Holden Young Lions Rick Kelly (SA) Reynard 94D 3800 17 16 1:04.5702 0:00.2172 3 11 Ralt Australia Pty Ltd Alan Gurr (NSW) Reynard 92D 3800 17 7 1:05.8833 0:01.5303 4 20 NRC Racing Pty Ltd Emerson Newton-John VIC Reynard 95D 3800 17 12 1:06.7047 0:02.3517 5 75 Hocking Mototsport Christian Murchison VIC Reynard 97D 3800 10 4 1:06.8243 0:02.4713 6 19 NRC Racing Stewart McColl (VIC) Reynard 95D 3800 15 12 1:07.1999 0:02.8469 7 66 Peter Hill Peter Hill (VIC) Reynard 95D 3800 15 10 1:07.4062 0:03.0532 8 74 Hocking Motorsport Chris Staff (VIC) Reynard 97D 3800 18 17 1:07.6341 0:03.2811 9 28 Hocking Motorsport Roger Oakeshott (SA) Reynard 97D 3800 17 17 1:09.0174 0:04.6644 10 17 Mark Ellis Mark Ellis (VIC) Reynard 92D 3800 14 10 1:10.6896 0:06.3366 11 24 Peters Racing Ian Peters (SA) Reynard 91D 3800 17 6 1:10.9991 0:06.6461

Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 161kph R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time

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PRACTICE SESSION 1

Pos Car Entrant Driver Vehicle Cap CL Laps Fastest...Lap Gap

1 1 Birrana Racing Pty Ltd Simon Wills (SA) Reynard 94D 3800 14 13 1:04.3530* 2 2 Holden Young Lions Rick Kelly (SA) Reynard 94D 3800 17 16 1:04.5702 0:00.2172 3 11 Ralt Australia Pty Ltd Alan Gurr (NSW) Reynard 92D 3800 17 7 1:05.8833 0:01.5303 4 20 NRC Racing Pty Ltd Emerson Newton-John VIC Reynard 95D 3800 17 12 1:06.7047 0:02.3517 5 75 Hocking Mototsport Christian Murchison VIC Reynard 97D 3800 10 4 1:06.8243 0:02.4713 6 19 NRC Racing Stewart McColl (VIC) Reynard 95D 3800 15 12 1:07.1999 0:02.8469 7 66 Peter Hill Peter Hill (VIC) Reynard 95D 3800 15 10 1:07.4062 0:03.0532 8 74 Hocking Motorsport Chris Staff (VIC) Reynard 97D 3800 18 17 1:07.6341 0:03.2811 9 28 Hocking Motorsport Roger Oakeshott (SA) Reynard 97D 3800 17 17 1:09.0174 0:04.6644 10 17 Mark Ellis Mark Ellis (VIC) Reynard 92D 3800 14 10 1:10.6896 0:06.3366 11 24 Peters Racing Ian Peters (SA) Reynard 91D 3800 17 6 1:10.9991 0:06.6461

Fastest Lap Av.Speed Is 161kph R=under lap record by greatest margin, r=under lap record, *=fastest lap time

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