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(Sun.) 20 August 2000 / Race Report, Round 7 - Calder Park, Vic. KING, AITKEN WIN CALDER GT PRODUCTION RACES MITSUBISHI driver Mark King took over the lead in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship and Ed Aitken gave...

(Sun.) 20 August 2000 / Race Report, Round 7 - Calder Park, Vic.

KING, AITKEN WIN CALDER GT PRODUCTION RACES

MITSUBISHI driver Mark King took over the lead in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship and Ed Aitken gave Holden its first win in round seven today at Calder Park, Melbourne.

After a win and a third place today, King needs to score only eight points in his Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V to wrap up the 2001 title and the Autobarn High Performance class in the final round on 8 October.

Also taking a win and a third place today and pole position in qualifying yesterday, Aitken and his Commodore HSV GTS 300i achieved Holden¹s best outright result in the seven-year-old series.

³We¹ve been working hard to develop this car and today it performed brilliantly. We can¹t win the championship, but I¹m still looking forward to the last round at Sandown and to Bathurst,² Aitken said.

Two wins moved Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton) within five points of the Poolrite High Performance class title. Next week, he flies to Malaysia to drive a works Lotus in an international 12-hour race at Sepang circuit.

Today's races will be shown nationally on Trackside on Network Ten next Sunday, 27 August, from 3 pm.

<pre> RESULTS:

Race 1 (13 laps) -Outright Class 1. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Autobarn High Perf.: Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 2. Grah. Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Hippies Sports Touring: Wayne Russell (BMW 323i) 3. Ed Aitken (Holden Commodore HSV GTS 300i) Pennzoil V8 Touring: James Philip (Ford Falcon XR8) 4. Wayne Boatwright (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) Pennzoil 6-cyl. Touring: Daryl Coon (Ford Falcon XR6) 5. Gary Deane (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) Poolrite 4-cyl. Touring: Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton Satria GTi) 6. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V)

Race 2 (16 laps) - Outright Class 1. Ed Aitken (Holden Commodore HSV GTS 300i) Autobarn High Perf.: Ed Aitken (Holden Commodore HSV GTS 300i) 2. Grah. Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood (Honda Integra Type R) 3. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Pennzoil V8 Touring: James Philip (Ford Falcon XR8) 4. Gary Deane (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) Pennzoil 6-cyl. Touring: Rob Chadwick (Mitsubishi Magna Sports) 5. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Poolrite 4-cyl. Touring: Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton Satria GTi) 6. Scott Jacob (Subaru Impreza WRX STi)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS:

Outright Class 1. Mark King 127 Autobarn High Perf.: Mark King 127 2. Ric Shaw 103 Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood 171 3. Bob Hughes 70 Pennzoil V8 Touring: Warren Millet 126 4. Grah. Alexander 69 Pennzoil 6-cyl. Touring: Daryl Coon 171 5. Barry Morcom 52 Poolrite 4-cyl. Touring: Kosi Kalaitzidis 163 6. Grant Kenny 47

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FITZGERALD & PORSCHE TRIUMPH AT CALDER PARK

TWO wins from pole position gave Porsche¹s Peter Fitzgerald a clean sweep of round six of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup today at Calder Park, Melbourne.

Fitzgerald was delighted but a little surprised his nimble German Porsche GT3 dominated more powerful competitors on the high-speed circuit.

"The Porsche was fantastic today and particularly the new Falken rear tyres we got from Japan for the race," Fitzgerald said.

"We've now won three races this season and it's nice to be moving up the pointscore. We never say die and now we'll press on for second place in the championship."

Two third places were sufficient to keep Jim Richards (Porsche GT3) in the lead for the Meguiar's Top Marques Drivers Championship, but Ferrari driver Mark Noske narrowed the gap to second spot with two second-place finishes in today's races.

Richards, the defending GTP champion, said: "We got some more points today. If we can't win, that¹s the next best thing and we'll put our minds to the next round at Surfers Paradise."

Noske lined up for both races in his Ferrari F360 Challenge on the front row beside Fitzgerald, but slow starts and first-corner traffic hampered his pursuit of the Porsche.

Porsche dominated the results of the second race, taking five of the first six places.

This weekend's races will be shown on Trackside on Network Ten throughout Australia next Sunday, 27 August, from 3 pm. The seventh of eight rounds in the GTP Nations Cup will be on 12-15 October at the Gold Coast Indy, Surfers Paradise.

<pre> RESULTS: Race 1 (13 laps) Race 2 (16 laps) 1. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 1. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 2. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 2. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 3. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 4. Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 4. Peter Bradbury (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Geoff Morgan (Dodge Viper ACR) 5. Mark Williamson (Porsche 911 GT3) 6. Christian Jones (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 6. Jim Zerefos (Porsche 911 GT3)

MEGUIAR'S TOP MARQUES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Jim Richards 155 4. Paul Stokell 88 2. Mark Noske 119 5. Peter Bradbury 70 3. Peter Fitzgerald 107 6. Mark Williamson 64

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Geoff Morgan , Peter Fitzgerald , Ric Shaw , Mark Williamson , James Philip , Paul Stokell , Wayne Russell , Mark King , Wayne Boatwright , Bob Hughes , Gary Deane , Christian Jones , Barry Morcom , David Wood
Teams Williams