25 October 2001 / Qualifying, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast - Honda Indy 300 Stokell Puts Nations Cup Lambo On Pole LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell will start from pole position tomorrow in the first of three races for round seven...
25 October 2001 / Qualifying, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast - Honda Indy 300
Stokell Puts Nations Cup Lambo On Pole
LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell will start from pole position tomorrow in the first of three races for round seven of the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship at the Surfers Paradise Indy street circuit.
Stokell, a three-time Australian Gold Star driving champion, waited until almost the end of a 20-minute qualifying session today to set a time of 2 minutes 00.14 seconds, comfortably faster than Porsche drivers Jim Richards and Peter Fitzgerald.
"I had a spin earlier in the session and when I got going again there was too much traffic for a good run. But suddenly the way was clear and I went for it while I had the chance," Stokell said.
"Pole is pretty important here because whoever gets to the first corner first has a good chance of controlling the race."
Stokell is second in the Meguiars Drivers Championship and is looking for a good result this weekend to challenge points leader Jim Richards.
Richards, who clinched the Nations Cup championship with two wins at Surfers last year, was second-fastest today.
1. Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo) 2 min. 00.14 sec.
2. Jim Richards (Porsche GT3) 2:00.93
3. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche GT3) 2:00.97
4. Geoff Morgan (Chrysler Viper ACR) 2:01.33
5. D'arcy Russell (Chrysler Viper ACR) 2:02.65
6. Tony Quinn (Porsche GT3) 2:04.06
LAST YEAR: Pole - Fitzgerald (Porsche) 2 min. 00.03 sec. Race 1 - Richards (Porsche), Williamson (Porsche), Bradbury (Porsche). Race 2 - Richards, Fitzgerald, Noske (Ferrari). Race 3 - Fitzgerald, Stokell (Lamborghini), Richards. Lap record - Stokell 2:00.98.
2001 MEGUIARS DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP (after Qualifying): 704 points Jim Richards, 575 Paul Stokell, 566 Peter Fitzgerald, 537 Geoff Morgan, 459 Tony Quinn, 420 D'arcy Russell.
TIMETABLE: Friday - 8.55 Race 1 (6 laps). Saturday - 12.25 Race 2 (6 laps). Sunday - 10.45 Race 3 (6 laps).