Eastern Creek Paul Stokell; a man on top

TWO wins from two starts powered Lamborghini's Paul Stokell to the lead in the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series in round two today at Eastern Creek, NSW. Stokell leap-frogged from third place to first in the...

TWO wins from two starts powered Lamborghini's Paul Stokell to the lead in the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup motor racing series in round two today at Eastern Creek, NSW.

Stokell leap-frogged from third place to first in the Meguiar's Top Marques Drivers Championship after beating Ferrari driver Mark Noske, the former series leader, in two nine-lap races.

Pole position qualifier Jim Richards, the defending GTP champion, was third in both races in a Porsche 911 GT3.

Stokell, 29, drove his 500-horsepower Italian Lamborghini Diablo SVR superbly, taking the race-one lead in a breathtaking 230 kmh pass on Richards outside turn one.

"I'm pleased to have won today, but we would have been disappointed not do well here. We go to the Canberra street circuit next time and that will be much harder," Stokell said.

Noske admitted his Ferrari F360 Modena had no answer for the other Italian car today.

"The devil beat us. The Diablo is so quick in a straight line, but we' ll come back. One of our goals this round was to beat Jim Richards and we did that," he said.

Among newcomers in the field of more than 20 ultra-performance cars, former Porsche champion Geoff Morgan finished a strong sixth in race two in his Dodge Viper coupe.

"The Viper is a big car, the opposite of the Porsche, but it has the potential to be in the top three when we get on top of it. We were encouraged today," Morgan said. <pre> RESULTS: Race 1 Race 2 1. P.Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 1. P.Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 2. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena) 2. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena) 3. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 4. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 4. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Peter Bradbury (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Peter Bradbury (Porsche 911 GT3) 6. Steve Webb (Porsche 911 GT3) 6. Geoff Morgan (Dodge Viper ACR)

MEGUIAR'S TOP MARQUES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Paul Stokell 53 2. Mark Noske 50 3. Jim Richards 45 4. Peter Fitzgerald 24 5. Steve Webb 20 6. Peter Bradbury 19

NEXT ROUND: 9-11 June - Canberra, ACT

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Geoff Morgan , Peter Fitzgerald , Paul Stokell