Queensland Raceway practice

JUST one second separated the fastest eight drivers in a closely contested official practice for round five of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship today at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich. A lap of 1 minute 21.59 seconds...

JUST one second separated the fastest eight drivers in a closely contested official practice for round five of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship today at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich.

A lap of 1 minute 21.59 seconds put Mitsubishi Lancer driver Mark King comfortably on top the timesheets for the second consecutive meeting, but 0.7 sec. behind him Gary Deane, in a Subaru Impreza WRX STi, led a battling pack back to eighth position. Championship leader Ric Shaw was third fastest in a Mazda RX-7.

The front runners included two new entrants in the 2000 championship, V8 Lites driver Wayne Wakefield, in a Mazda RX-7, and Victorian Ed Aitken, in a Holden Commodore HSV GTS 300.

There was close competition also in the class results, with Barry Tanton topping the Pennzoil Six-cylinder Touring class in a Ford Falcon XR6, ahead of points leader Daryl Coon in an identical car.

Brisbane driver Carol Jackson was fastest in the Poolrite Four-cylinder class for the first time, setting a lap of 1:29.48 in a Honda Civic VTi-R.

A shortage of imported tyres forced some teams to focus today on car set-up rather than lap times, but King said he expected to fight hard for his position with everyone on new tyres for qualifying tomorrow.

<pre> RESULTS: Outright Lap time 1. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:21.59 2. Gary Deane (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:22.09 3. Ric Shaw (Mazda RX-7) 1:22.12 4. WayneWakefield (Mazda RX-7) 1:22.177 5. Grant Kenny (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:22.179 6. Graham Alexander (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 1:22.36 Class Autobarn High Perf.: Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) 1:21.59 Hippies Sports Touring: David Wood (Honda Integra Type R) 1:25.15 Pennzoil V8 Touring: James Philip (Ford Falcon XR8) 1:26.34 Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: Guy Gibbons (Ford Falcon XR6) 1:26.41 Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: Carol Jackson (Honda Civic VTi-R) 1:29.48

TIMETABLE: Saturday 10.10 am - Qualifying (30 min.), 1.30 pm - Practice 1 (15 min.). Sunday 8.10 am - Warm-up (10min.), 10 am - Race 1 (10 laps), 2.05 pm - Race 2 (14 laps).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Ric Shaw , James Philip , Mark King , Graham Alexander , Gary Deane , Wayne Wakefield , Barry Tanton , David Wood