TRIPLE Australian driving champion Paul Stokell took the first points for Italy's Lamborghini in the inaugural race of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Adelaide today. In a race shortened by track officials to just six laps because of...
TRIPLE Australian driving champion Paul Stokell took the first points for Italy's Lamborghini in the inaugural race of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Adelaide today.
In a race shortened by track officials to just six laps because of time constraints, Stokell crossed the finishing line in his black Lamborghini Diablo 0.75 seconds ahead of Jim Richards, driving a German Porsche 911 GT3.
Pole qualifier Mark Noske failed to recover from a slow start and came home third in a Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge.
Richards jumped to an immediate lead from the other front-row spot, but by half-distance Stokell had used the Lamborghini V12's 500 horsepower to boost himself from third to first.
Stokell admitted he was feeling the pressure from Richards toward the end, but held on to become the first to lead the Meguiar¹s Top Marques Drivers Championship.
"Our car is fast, but it's also fairly heavy and I knew the brakes wouldn't hold up. I had a quiet cheer when I heard just before the race that it had been shortened," Stokell said.
Ross Palmer, Chairman of series organiser PROCAR Australia, said today's race promised a successful season for the eight-round national championship for the world¹s fastest GT production cars.
The cars return to the 3.2 km street track tomorrow for the14-lap second leg of round one.
1. Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 2. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 4. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Darren Palmer (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 6. Steve Webb (Porsche 911 GT3)
MEGUIAR'S TOP MARQUES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP:
1. Paul Stokell 15 2. Jim Richards 12 3. Mark Noske 11 4. Peter Fitzgerald 8 5. Darren Palmer 6 6. Steve Webb 5
TIMETABLE: Sun., 11.15 am - Race 2 (14 laps).