INDY RACE TWO 17th OCTOBER 1999 Iron Man legends Guy Andrews and Grant Kenny proved they are equally as proficient as racing drivers with strong performances in the QR City Train GTP Classic at the Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise. Andrews...
INDY RACE TWO 17th OCTOBER 1999
Iron Man legends Guy Andrews and Grant Kenny proved they are equally as proficient as racing drivers with strong performances in the QR City Train GTP Classic at the Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise.
Andrews (Ford Falcon AU XR6) pulled out a great charge to just fail to beat the Class C Toyota Camry CSi of David Ratcliff while Kenny finished third in the Autobarn Class B division.
Jim Richards made a clean sweep at the front end of the field, pushing his Porsche 911 RSCS to victory ahead of Wayne Park¹s Ferrari F355 Challenge.
Park set a new lap record and challenged strongly at mid-race distance but could not find a way past Richards before light rain began to fall.
Peter Fitzgerald took third from fellow Porsche driver Ed Aitken.
Andrews actually drew level with Ratcliff after the first chicane with only a handful of laps to go but could not complete the pass to take victory.
"I was certainly having a great time out there and nearly got past the Camry," Andrews said.
"I am really starting to feel comfortable with the car and can¹t wait to team up with Tony (Longhurst) at Bathurst.
"It is a pity the weekend is finished because I was really starting to get racy out there."
Kenny showed he and team-mate Scott Jacob should make a strong pairing for the Autobarn Class B crown at Bathurst.
"Scott lost a gearbox during the race but my car was really strong today," Kenny said.
"I am really starting to get comfortable in the car and starting to feel like a race driver - you can¹t hide that competitive nature."
While Mark King took the victory in Class B, rival Garry Holt was lucky to escape after clashing with King and rolling his Subaru Impreza WRX.
Race officials were forced to break a window for Holt to escape from the car which finished on its roof. Despite considerable damage to the car, Holt emerged uninjured from the crash.
Wayne Russell took his second Class S victory of the weekend aboard his BMW 323i, defeating local driver Michael Simpson.
The GTP Lights Class E dogfight between Aaron McGill and Nigel Williams continued in the second race of the weekend.
The duo swapped places and paint throughout the event before McGill made a desparate late braking pass on the final lap.
In a frantic last ditch effort to regain the lead, Williams pushed too hard and slammed his Suzuki against the wall. Despite considerable body damage, the Sydney driver was still able to limp home in second place.
Carol Jackson¹s strong run in Class D continued aboard her Honda Civic GTi-R
RESULTS RACE TWO - 10 laps 1. - Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 21:15.586 2. - Wayne Park, Ferrari F355 Challenge (A) - 21:16.614 3. - Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 21:29.172 4. - Ed Aitken, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 21:58.988 5. - Beric Lynton, BMW M3-R (A) - 22:22.986 Class B - Mark King, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III - 23:17.131 Class C - David Ratcliff, Toyota Camry CSi - down 1 lap Class D - Carol Jackson, Honda Civic VTi-R - down 1 lap Class E - Aaron McGill, Suzuki Swift GTi - down 1 lap Class S - Wayne Russell, BMW 323I - down 1 lap
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