Bathurst 24: Brock takes early lead

Mount Panorama, Bathurst (NSW) 2-23 November 2003 Update at 2.45 PM Saturday Nine-time Bathurst champion Peter Brock has taken his Holden Monaro into the lead in the Bathurst 24-Hour race after the first 13 laps today. Brock surged past...

Mount Panorama, Bathurst (NSW) 2-23 November 2003
Update at 2.45 PM Saturday

Nine-time Bathurst champion Peter Brock has taken his Holden Monaro into the lead in the Bathurst 24-Hour race after the first 13 laps today.

Brock surged past Garry Rogers Motorsport teammate Nathan Pretty -- the 2002 co-winner -- at the top of the mountain straight and immediately posted a fast lap time of 2 mins. 15.55 sec. Pretty started from pole position, with Brock beside him on the front row.

The race started at 2 pm in dry but humid conditions after Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson commanded, "Drivers, start your engines".

John Bowe (BMW), Martin Short (Mosler), Paul Stokell (Lamborghini) and Tim Harvey (Porsche) all had a turn in third place during the first half hour. Drama then hit the Lamborghini when it lost a right rear tyre and ran off the track at the Chase on lap 17.

The works-backed Morgan Aero 8 was in the pits with steam coming from its V8 engine. <pre> Outright 1. 05# Holden Monaro Brock/Murphy/Bright/Kelly 19 Laps 2. 427# Holden Monaro Richards/McConville/Tander/Pretty 3. 24# Porsche RS Harvey/Rowland/Price/Tilke 4. 48# Ferrari 360GT Brabham/Engelhorn/Montermini/Peter 5. 54# Porsche GT3 Cup Morris/Teulan/Fitzgerald/Shearman

Class A - 05# Holden Monaro             Brock/Murphy/Bright/Kelly
Class B -  6# Porsche GT3 Supercup      U. Alzen/J. Alzen/Klasen/Bartels
Class D - 27# BMW Mcoupe                Russell/Cramp/King/Stubber
Class E - 62# Holden Commodore          Loadsman/I. Luff/W. Luff/Russells
Class F - 59# Holden Commodore          Williams/Moore/Bosnjak

Next update due at: 3.45 pm

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Series Road racing
Drivers Tim Harvey , Martin Short , Nathan Pretty , John Bowe , Garry Rogers , Peter Brock , Paul Stokell , John Anderson
Teams Williams , Garry Rogers Motorsport