26 October 2001 / Race 1, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia Stokell's Honda Indy 300 Win Narrows Nations Cup Chase THREE-time Australian driving champion Paul Stokell led from start to finish to post victory for Lamborghini...
26 October 2001 / Race 1, Round 7 - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia
Stokell's Honda Indy 300 Win Narrows Nations Cup Chase
THREE-time Australian driving champion Paul Stokell led from start to finish to post victory for Lamborghini today in the first of three races for round seven of the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship on the Surfers Paradise street circuit.
After qualifying in pole position, Stokell jumped his Lamborghini Diablo ahead at the rolling start on a damp track and was able to control the six-lap event from the front.
Peter Fitzgerald also made a well-timed start in his Porsche GT3, taking Jim Richards before the first corner to secure second place.
Stokell's win moved him 15 points closer to Richards in the chase for the Meguiars Drivers Championship, with five races remaining for the season.
"we had dry-weather tyres and I had to be pretty cautious at first to avoid the wet patches, especially in the braking areas, but after my tyres warmed up I was able to press on," Stokell said.
"I'm pleased to get the points and move a little closer to Jim, but he's in the box seat and it will be hard to catch him. We'll see what the weekend's remaining races bring us."
RESULTS (Race 1, 6 laps):
1. Paul Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo)
2. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche GT3)
3. Jim Richards (Porsche GT3)
4. D'arcy Russell (Chrysler Viper ACR)
5. Tony Quinn (Porsche GT3)
6. John Teulan (Ferrari 360)
Pole: Stokell 2min. 00.14 sec.
Fastest race lap: Stokell 2:01.12
2001 MEGUIARS DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP (after Race 1): 754 points Jim Richards, 635 Paul Stokell, 621 Peter Fitzgerald, 545 Geoff Morgan, 499 Tony Quinn, 465 D'arcy Russell.
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.
TIMETABLE: Saturday - 12.25 Race 2 (6 laps). Sunday - 10.45 Race 3 (6 laps).