Holden newcomer takes first points, Adelaide

HOLDEN driver Philip Polites turned his debut in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship into a victory celebration in Adelaide today. Polites, from Melbourne, was declared the winner of leg one of the opening 2001 round...

HOLDEN driver Philip Polites turned his debut in the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship into a victory celebration in Adelaide today.

Polites, from Melbourne, was declared the winner of leg one of the opening 2001 round after eight laps, following a crash involving another competitor which forced officials to shorten the event from 12 laps.

Bob Hughes and 2000 champion Mark King, both driving Mitsubishi Lancer turbos, finished second and third respectively.

Polites, a former British Formula Ford single-seater champion, was having his first race in a closed touring car and the first in his Holden Commodor= e HSV GTS. He now leads the eight-round championship.

:I had a couple of problems with the brakes and gears and was trailing Mark for the first six laps," Polites said. "Then he had an engine problem which slowed him and allowed me and Bob Hughes to get through.

"For our debut in the series we couldn't have asked for more. Whatever comes in tomorrow's second leg will be a bonus."

The race was stopped after Scott Jacob rolled his Subaru Impreza, blocking the track. <pre> RESULTS, Race 1:

Outright 1. Philip Polites (Holden Commodore HSV GTS) 2. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo VI) 3. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 4. Phil Kirkham (Mazda RX-7) 5. Graham Alexander (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 6. Ed Aitken (Holden Commodore HSV GTS)

Class Poolrite High Perf.: Philip Polites Hippies Sports Touring: Nathan Thomas (Honda Integra)

CHAMPIONHIP POINTS:

Outright 1. Philip Polites 15 2. Bob Hughes 12 3. Mark King 10 4. Phil Kirkham 8 5. GrahamAlexander 6 6. Ed Aitken 5

Class Poolrite High Perf.: Philip Polites 15 Hippies Sports Touring: Nathan Thomas (Honda) 15

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Sunday - 9.45 am (Race 2#, 12 laps).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark King , Phil Kirkham , Graham Alexander , Bob Hughes