CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP EASTERN CREEK RACE TWO 7th JUNE 1998 OH BABY, BENINCA TAKES A BIRTHDAY VICTORY A new baby daughter, a birthday and a stunning victory in race two of round four of the Century ...
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
EASTERN CREEK RACE TWO 7th JUNE 1998
OH BABY, BENINCA TAKES A BIRTHDAY VICTORY
A new baby daughter, a birthday and a stunning victory in race two of round four of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship wound out a great week for Melbourne racer Domenic Beninca at Eastern Creek Raceway today.
Beninca (Porsche 911 RSCS) fought back from his race one dramas to hassle his way past early race leader Garry Waldon on lap two.
He charged on unchallenged to record his third race victory of the season. The win came after Beninca's wife Monica gave birth to a baby girl, Michaela, last Tuesday … Beninca's birthday!
"Grabbing a win like this is certainly a great way to complete the week," Beninca said.
"I worked on pressuring Garry early and tried to bolt away in the first few laps because we were not sure what the weather was going to do.
"It started to rain towards the end of the race but I kept charging because Garry is always in with a chance if he gets close."
Waldon (Dodge Viper GTS) grabbed second despite suffering a power steering pump failure while Neil Crompton (Ferrari F355 Challenge) and Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 RSCS) fought a race long battle for third.
Fitzgerald hounded the Ferrari but Crompton covered his every move. Both cars suffered severe body damage when Crompton was balked in traffic coming on to the straight.
Chris Smith took fifth in his Ferrari F355 Challenge while Ross Almond completed a consistent weekend with sixth aboard the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V.
Murray Carter (Nissan 200SX) took the Class B victory, but not without a heck of a fight from Sydney racer Peter Boylan (Subaru Impreza WRX). Chris Kousparis led the early going while fellow Subaru racer Dean Canto failed to challenge after an early off-track excursion.
Mark Cohen completed a perfect day with two wins in the Holden Commodore VS SS in Class C, beating home David Ratcliff (Toyota Camry CSi) and female racer Paula Elstrek aboard the Ford Falcon XR8 media car.
Michael Simpson (BMW 323i) also took a pair of victories in the GTP Lights Class D division, this time beating home fellow BMW driver Luke Searle and Mazda 626 steerer Phil Kirkham.
Colin Osborne completed a miserable weekend with a flat tyre aboard his Toyota MR2 Bathurst.
Nigel Stones' Class E winning run continued aboard the Suzuki Swift GTi while Danny Brian took second after Aaron McGill (Suzuki Swift GTi) and Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton M21 Coupe) clashed, sending both cars off the circuit at turn one.
RESULTS RACE TWO 12 LAPS 1. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 20:10.581 2. Garry Waldon, Dodge Viper GTS (A) 20:16.304 3. Neil Crompton, Ferrari 355 Challenge (A) 20:27.508 4. Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 20:27.807 5. Chris Smith, Ferrari F355 Challenge (A) 21:12.687 6. Ross Almond, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V (A) 21:30.132 7. Murray Carter, Nissan 200SX (B) 21:59.325 8. Peter Boylan, Subaru Impreza WRX (B) 11 laps 9. Chris Kousparis, Subaru Impreza WRX (B) 11 laps 10. Craig Dean, Toyota Soarer (A) 11 laps
OUTRIGHT: Waldon 96, Beninca 95, Fitzgerald 88, Bowe 44, Almond 33, Forbes 32, Crompton 29. CLASS A: Waldon 94. CLASS B: Carter 97. CLASS C: Ratcliff 91. CLASS D: Shaw 90. CLASS E: Stones 114.
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