Morgan claims Viper's second Nations Cup pole. GEOFF Morgan deftly steered his bulky American Chrysler Viper around a rain-soaked Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria today to take a surprise pole position for round four of the Australian...
Morgan claims Viper's second Nations Cup pole.
GEOFF Morgan deftly steered his bulky American Chrysler Viper around a rain-soaked Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria today to take a surprise pole position for round four of the Australian Nations Cup Championship.
Morgan, from Sydney, will share the front row for the first of three races with Jim Richards, who was 0.7 seconds slower in his Porsche GT3 Cup.
Paul Stokell finished the session third in his Lamborghini Diablo, but series leader John Bowe was a disappointed fourth after running off the track on his first lap and later losing a wheel.
Morgan achieved his second consecutive pole after the wet conditions forced event organisers to cancel the usual Top 8 Eliminator qualifying heat races.
The Eliminator features pairs of cars side-by-side in rolling starts, but with one side of the track wet and the other dry the organisers cancelled the heats in the interests of fairness and safety and set the grid according to the main qualifying order.
"Despite its size, the Viper is nice to handle and I didn't mind the wet at all. However, I was surprised some of the other cars weren't closer to me," Morgan said.
"But the races may be a different thing. Instead of one flying lap we'll have to put together 14 laps each time and the Viper's brakes are vulnerable here because the circuit is so tight.
"But they tell me the Viper throws up a lot of spray, so if it's wet tomorrow I could be lucky."
In qualifying for the GT Performance Championship, Peter Floyd timed his run right to take pole position in a Holden Commodore GTS on his last lap of a drying track. Championship leader Brett Peters was second-fastest in a Subaru Impreza STi.
Series leader Warren Luff was the fastest qualifier in the V8 BRutes, while Colin Osborne used the wet track to grab pole in his Toyota Celica for the GT Production Car races by just five-thousandths of a second from Scott Loadsman, in a V8 Commodore.
SPEED CHECK on the PROCAR Champ Series at Winton
* Sunday (From 8.15 am) - 16 races, all categories. Ute Muster display and competition for road utes.
* Categories - Nations Cup (Rd 4), GT Performance (Rd 4), GT Production Cars (Rd 4), V8 BRutes (Rd 4), Formula 3 (Rd 4), Mitsubishi Mirages (Rd 4), HQ Holdens.
* Tickets - Adults Sunday $25 including paddock/pit. Students under 16 years Sunday $10. Ute drivers enter free on Sunday with paying adult passenger.
* Information - Winton Motor Raceway (03) 5766 4235, or www.procar.com.au and www.v8brutes.com.au.
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