Phillip Island qualifying report

FATHER and son drivers, one in a Ford and the other in a Holden, claimed pole positions today for the second round of the Century Batteries GT Production motor racing series at Phillip Island, Victoria. Two-time Australian Production Car...

FATHER and son drivers, one in a Ford and the other in a Holden, claimed pole positions today for the second round of the Century Batteries GT Production motor racing series at Phillip Island, Victoria.

Two-time Australian Production Car Champion Kent Youlden, in a Ford Falcon XR8, set fastest time in a half-hour qualifying session to take the outright and Poolrite V8 Touring class pole positions for the first of tomorrow's two races on the ocean-side grand prix circuit.

Luke Youlden, his son and the 2000 Formula Ford champion, won pole position in the Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring class, driving a Holden Astra.

Kent Youlden, who says his ambition in motorsport is to share a car with his son, recorded a best lap of one minute 51.82 seconds in clear, dry conditions.

This was only slightly faster than yesterday's time in practice, but Daryl Coon, in a Falcon XR6, improved by more than 0.6 sec. to hold second place on the grid and take pole in the Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring class.

Coon, the defending class champion, survived a strong challenge from Alan Holgersson, who improved his practice time in a Toyota Camry by 0.98 seconds.

Four-cylinder champion Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton) was one of the few drivers to go backwards in the timesheets today, dropping 0.24 sec. to relinquish the pole to Luke Youlden, who recorded 1:58.46.

<pre> CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

GT Production Series, round 2 (Qualifying): 1. K. Youlden (Falcon XR8) 1:51.82 2. D. Coon (Falcon XR6) 1:53.65 3. A. Holgersson (Camry Touring) 1:53.81 4. S. Loadsman (Commodore SS) 1:55.07 5. J. McIlroy (Falcon XR8) 1:55.57 6. R.Chadwick (Magna Sports) 1:55.88 Poolrite V8 Touring: K. Youlden Hippies 6-Cylinder Touring: D. Coon Hippies 4-Cylinder Touring: L. Youlden (Holden Astra) 1:58.46

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Poolrite V8 Touring: 30 J. McIlroy, 22R. Winston/B. Carr, 1 S. Loadsman. Poolrite 6-Cylinder Touring: 32 D. Coon, 22R.Chadwick/A. Holgersson. Poolrite 4-Cylinder Touring: 29 L. Youlden, 22 J. McKinnon, 18 R. Bates.

WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Sunday - 10.50 am Race 1, 15 min.; 2.40 pm Race 2, 15 min.

-Chris Nixon

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Series Supercars
Drivers Luke Youlden , Phillip Island