Australian motorsport legend Peter Brock took his first win in the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship, driving a Holden Monaro in the opening race of round eight at the Lexmark Indy 300 meeting on the Gold Coast today. ...
Australian motorsport legend Peter Brock took his first win in the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship, driving a Holden Monaro in the opening race of round eight at the Lexmark Indy 300 meeting on the Gold Coast today.
Championship leader Paul Stokell finished second, extending his points lead over rival John Bowe and setting a new lap record of 1 minute 54.57 seconds on the final lap of the eight-lap race.
With only two races left to decide the championship, Stokell has a 29-point lead over Bowe, who finished today in sixth position with an ill-handling Porsche GT3 RS.
Brock started from third on the rolling grid, leaving teammate Nathan Pretty to fight for the first turn with Stokell in a Lamborghini Diablo.
Pretty and Stokell both outbraked themselves, ending up tangled in the tyre barrier. Both recovered to go on with the race after the rest of the field had passed them.
Brock took the lead, with Peter Hackett in a second Lamborghini following.
By lap five, Stokell had caught up to third position, setting a blistering pace almost three seconds a lap faster than the rest of the field.
As fast as he was, Stokell couldn't close the gap to Brock and finished second with his teammate Hackett in third.
Pretty admitted he had made an error at the start.
"It was just a silly mistake. I didn't get enough heat in the tyres and it understeered. I hit the tyres and blocked the track for Paul (Stokell)," he said.
Stokell said: "I was in a braking duel with Nathan and it was a silly thing to do. It just came down to two drivers who didn't want to give way.
"We've been fitted with air restrictors this weekend and the car has lost some power, but we seem to have a lot more pace than the others, so I guess it hasn't affected it too much."
Brock was delighted with his win, which came at the end of his first season of regular racing since ending a five-year retirement.
"I was in (Bathurst) 24-hour mode for a few laps, but I thought I'd better get a move on because I could see that black foreign car catching me fast," he said.
Group Two driver Allan Simonsen, from Denmark, was miles ahead in his Ferrari. He finished fourth outright and first in his class at his maiden race on the Gold Coast street circuit.
RESULTS (Race 1, round 8)
1. Peter Brock (Vic.) Holden Monaro
2. Paul Stokell (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo
3. Peter Hackett (NSW) Lamborghini Diablo
4. Allan Simonsen (Denmark) Ferrari Challenge
5. Martin Wagg (Vic.) Porsche RS
6. John Bowe (Vic.) Porsche RS