CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP PHILLIP ISLAND PRACTICE 14th May 1999 FERRARI STAND-IN AIMING TO BRIDGE THE GAP As a former Porsche Cup champion, Ferrari stand-in Wayne Park is no stranger to chasing the German ...
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
PHILLIP ISLAND PRACTICE 14th May 1999
FERRARI STAND-IN AIMING TO BRIDGE THE GAP
As a former Porsche Cup champion, Ferrari stand-in Wayne Park is no stranger to chasing the German marque.
But armed with Darren Palmer's Ferrari F355 Challenge, Park pulled out a strong performance in the opening day of practice for round two of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at Phillip Island today.
WIth Palmer overseas on family business, Park has swapped the spanners for the steering wheel to get back behind the wheel for this weekend.
Porsche 911 RSCS drivers Jim Richards and Domenic Beninca headed the Meguiar's Top Marques Class A timesheets in the two sessions staged in icy cold conditions. After being four seconds off the pace in the morning, Park improved to be fourth fastest in the afternoon.
"It is certainly a different car to drive from the Porsche but I am certainly starting to work my way into it," Park said.
"I was pleased to gain two seconds during the day and I am hopeful of trying to bridge the gap further tomorrow.
"I hadn't done a lap in the car until this morning, so I am on a very steep learning curve."
Toyota Supra Turbo driver Jamie Cartwright performed well to be fifth in the opening session while Murray Carter's new Chevrolet Corvette C5 showed great potential to be 10th in the afternoon session.
Peter Fitzgerald's efforts were hindered by gearbox problems in the afternoon aboard his Porsche 911 RSCS.
Subaru Impreza WRX driver Geoff Full again dominated the Autobarn Class B division in both sessions. Female driver Paula Elstrek again showed she is going to be a force to be reckoned with by finishing 2nd fastest in the opening session.
The Holden Commodore VT SS of Peter Phelan showed V8 power could be the secret to success in Class C at Phillip Island by dominating both sessions.
Class S was dominated by the Toyota MR2 of Ric Shaw ahead of the BMW 323i of Wayne Russell.
Phil Kirkham was again the sole Class D entrant aboard his Mazda 626 while GTP Lights Class E leader Nathan Thomas again topped the timesheets.
Thomas' Suzuki Swift GTi headed fellow Suzuki drivers Sue Hughes and Craig Dontas who swapped places for second fastest during the day.
Dontas also survived an off-track excursion during the opening session.
RESULTS PRACTICE ONE 1. Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:42.523 2. Peter Fitzgerald, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:42.880 3. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:42.890 4. Terry Bosnjak, Mazda RX7 SP (A) 1:44.453 Class B Geoff Full, Subaru Impreza WRX 1:50.186 Class C Peter Phelan, Holden Commodore VT SS 1:55.891 Class D Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 1:57.434 Class E Nathan Thomas, Suzuki Swift GTi 2:01.673 Class S Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 Bathurst 1:55.384
PRACTICE TWO 1. Domenic Beninca, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:42.173 2. Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:42.425 3. Ed Aitken, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) 1:43.256 4. Wayne Park, Ferrrai F355 Challenge (A) 1:44.586 Class B Geoff Full, Subaru Impreza WRX 1:49.880 Class C Peter Phelan, Holden Commodore VT SS 1:54.539 Class D Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 1:56.485 Class E Nathan Thomas, Suzuki Swift GTi 2:01.211 Class S Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 Bathurst 1:54.149
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