Phillip Island first practice repor

FALCON driver Kent Youlden easily dominated the first official practice session today for round two of the Century Batteries GT Production racing series at Phillip Island, Victoria. Youlden lapped his Ford Falcon XR8 sedan around the ocean-side...

FALCON driver Kent Youlden easily dominated the first official practice session today for round two of the Century Batteries GT Production racing series at Phillip Island, Victoria.

Youlden lapped his Ford Falcon XR8 sedan around the ocean-side grand prix circuit in a best time of one minute 51.87 seconds, a substantial 2.4 seconds faster than second-placed Daryl Coon, in a Falcon XR6.

Third spot on the provisional starting grid went to young Toyota Camry driver Alan Holgersson, who has made an impressive graduation to the national championship this year after racing historic touring cars.

Youlden also is new to regular competition in the GT Production series, although not to production touring car racing - he was the 1990 and 1991 Australian Production Car Champion driver.

This weekend's races, part of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship, also see Youlden in competition against his son Luke, who is driving a Holden Astra in the Poolrite 4-Cylinder class.

Luke, the 2000 Australian Formula Ford champion, was second fastest in his class today behind defending champion Kosi Kalaitzidis, in a Proton Satria GTi.

Drivers will compete in qualifying tomorrow and two races on Sunday.

<pre> CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

GT Production Series, round 2 (Practice): 1. K. Youlden (Falcon XR8) 1:51.87 2. D. Coon (Falcon XR6) 1:54.27 3. A. Holgersson (Camry Touring) 1:54.79 4. J. McIlroy (Falcon XR8) 1:55.13 5. R.Chadwick (Magna Sports) 1:55.72 6. B. Carr (Falcon XR8) 1:55.86

Poolrite V8 Touring:  K. Youlden Hippies 6-Cylinder Touring:  D. Coon
Hippies 4-Cylinder Touring:  K. Kalaitzidis (Proton GTi) 1:58.31

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Poolrite V8 Touring: 30 J. McIlroy, 22R. Winston/B. Carr, 1 S. Loadsman. Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring: 31 D. Coon, 22R.Chadwick/A. Holgersson. Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring: 28 L. Youlden, 22 J. McKinnon, 18 R. Bates.

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Saturday - 10.30 Qualifying, 30 min.; 1.50 pm Practice, 15 min. Sunday - 10.50 am Race 1, 15 min.; 2.40 pm Race 2, 15 min.

-Chris Nixon

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