FORD Mustang driver John Bowe bettered the field by almost 1.3 seconds to set fastest time in official practice today for round four of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at Queensland Raceway. Bowe's lap of 1 minute...
FORD Mustang driver John Bowe bettered the field by almost 1.3 seconds to set fastest time in official practice today for round four of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship at Queensland Raceway.
Bowe's lap of 1 minute 19.93 seconds topped a field of 37 cars competing in the GT Performance division in preparation for a qualifying session tomorrow and two races on Sunday.
"The Mustang felt fantastic today and it was especially pleasing to be quicker than all six Holdens," Bowe said. "Brakes and power are important here - and the Mustang has both."
Ed Aitken was the first of the 400 horsepower Holdens, in second spot, with GTP series leader Brett Peters third in a Subaru Impreza WRX STi.
Nathan Pilkington, of Sydney, topped the Hippies Sports Touring class with a time of 1:25.45 in his Mitsubishi FTO coupe.
In the GT Production division, class leader John McIlroy, driving a Falcon V8, was fastest with a time of 1:25.84, comfortably ahead of Scott Loadsman in a Holden Commodore SS.
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
RESULTS (practice): GT Performance, round 4
1. J. Bowe (Ford Mustang Cobra RA) 1:19.93 2. E. Aitken (Holden Comm. GTS) 1:21.20 3. B. Peters (Subaru Impreza STi) 1:21.52 4. R. Pearson (Mazda RX-7) 1:21.764 5. P. Polites (Holden Comm. GTS) 1:21.767 6. P. Floyd (Holden Comm. GTS) 1:21.82
GT Production, round 4
1. J. McIlroy (Ford Falcon XR8) 1:25.84 2. S. Loadsman (Holden Comm. SS) 1:26.56 3. B. Carr (Falcon XR8) 1:26.31 4. A. Holgersson (Toyota Camry) 1:26.56 5. R. Chadwick (Mitsubishi Magna) 1:28.62 6. L. Youlden (Holden Astra) 1:28.94
Poolrite High Perf.: J. Bowe Hippies Sports: N. Pilkington (Mitsu. FTO) 1:25.45 Poolrite V8 Touring: J. McIlroy Hippies 6-Cylinder Touring: A.Holgersson Hippies 4-Cylinder Touring: L. Youlden
WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Saturday - 10 am GT Performance (Qualifying, 30min.), 11.50 am GT Production (Qualifying, 30 min.). Sunday - 9.30 am GT Production (Race 1, 15 min.), 11 am GT Performance (Race 1, 15 min.), 1.05 pm GT Production (Race 2, 15 min.), 3.30 pm GT Performance (Race 2, 15 min.).