Second Win Confirms Pilkington'S Gt Production Lead A scond win in two days confirmed Mitsubishi driver Nathan Pilkington as first-round leader of the 2002 Australian GT Production Car Championship in Adelaide today. In a dominant performance,...
Second Win Confirms Pilkington'S Gt Production Lead
A scond win in two days confirmed Mitsubishi driver Nathan Pilkington as first-round leader of the 2002 Australian GT Production Car Championship in Adelaide today.
In a dominant performance, Pilkington, from Sydney, scored maximum points from pole position on Friday, a race one victory yesterday and a repeat in race two today.
"All the leading cars were pretty even in performance, but I feel mine had the edge in the corners and that's what counts at a stop-and-start track like Adelaide," Pilkington said.
The GT Production cars raced for the first time on identical Dunlop control tyres. Pilkington said lap times were slower than last year's free-choice slick tyres, but the competition was closer.
Also boosting competition was a new class handicap format, which saw the 4-Cylinder Touring cars, led by pole-sitter Martin Doxey, leave the grid 23 seconds ahead of the Sports Touring class.
Doxey was overtaken after the start by Kozi Kalaitzidis (Proton), then Pilkington took the lead on the fifth of seven laps. Ian Luff worked his Honda Integra from sixth at the start to second at the finish, leaving Kalaitzidis to take third overall and first in his class.
1. Nathan Pilkington (Mitsubishi FTO)
2. Ian Luff (Honda Integra Type R)
3. Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton Satria GTi)
4. Steve Cramp (BMW 323i)
5. Steven Grocl (VW Beetle RSi)
6. Colin Osborne (Toyota Celica)
Fastest lap: Pilkington 1:41.36
2. Martin Doxey (Holden Astra SRi)
3. David Runkel (Proton Satria GTi)
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (*) - Outright: 31 Pilkington, 20 equal Cramp/Luff, 13 Aaron McGill, 11 equal Osborne/Grocl. Sports Touring: 31 Pilkington, 20 equal Cramp/Luff, 13 McGill. 4-Cylinder Touring: 27 Doxey, 22 Runkel, 18 Rick Bates (Daihatsu Sirion GTvi). (* Points revised after Kalaitzidis excluded from Race 1 results.)