UTE: Eastern Creek race report

LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell scored two wins and Geoff Morgan the first for Viper in Australia, but Porsche ace Jim Richards survived the big-gun barrage to keep his lead in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship in the fifth ...

LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell scored two wins and Geoff Morgan the first for Viper in Australia, but Porsche ace Jim Richards survived the big-gun barrage to keep his lead in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship in the fifth round today at Sydney's Eastern Creek International Raceway.

Richards finished the round with a progressive points total of 604 in the Meguiars Drivers Championship, but Stokell slashed his margin from 93 to just 30, with three rounds left to run in the series for exotic sports cars.

Richards' six-cylinder Porsche GT3 simply was out-gunned by the V12 Lamborghini and V10 Viper on a track that favours powerful cars.

Stokell celebrated his sixth and seventh wins of the season, but Morgan's victory in the first of today's three races was his first in Nations Cup and the first for the Chrysler Viper in Australia.

"This was a breakthrough for my team and for the Viper and I hope it means it's the first of many," said Morgan, who also took a second and third place and topped qualifying at the PROCAR Champ Series meeting.

The third Nations Cup race, won by Stokell from Morgan and D'arcy Russell, in another Viper, was one of the day's most exciting. The three big cars battled for nine laps and were separated by just 0.4 sec. at the finish.

John Bowe tooks two wins from two starts in his Ford Mustang in round five of the Century Batteries GT Performance Series and moved from third to second in the championship for showroom production cars.

After five rounds, Bowe now has 68 championship points, but Queensland Subaru driver Brett Peters remains comfortably in the lead with his total boosted to 112 after two second-place finishes.

Mazda RX-7 driver Bob Pearson also was in strong form, but inadvertently handed the race one lead to Bowe when he knocked off the ignition switch in the fastest corner on the track. He recovered well to finish third, but finished only 19th in race two after losing a clash with Bowe for the lead.

Nathan Pilkington retained the Sports Touring class lead in his Mitsubishi FTO coupe, after the Volkswagen Beetle of his main competitor Tim Leahy was eliminated in a major pile-up at the start of race one.

Scott Loadsman won both races in the Century Batteries GT Performance Series and took out the Poolrite V8 Touring class in a Holden Commodore SS, while Daryl Coon held his 6-Cylinder class lead with two wins.

Luke Youlden (Holden Astra) took fourth and first places in the 4-Cylinder class and retained the series lead.

The Poolrite V8 BRute Muster again provided some of the day's most exciting racing, with Holden ute drivers winning all three races of round three.

Race one winner Gary MacDonald regained the series lead he had relinquished at the previous event, while Gary Young, from Melbourne, won races two and three.

MacDonald has 447 championship points, to 408 for Young. Previous series leader Damien White (Falcon) slipped to third spot.

"I'm having a fantastic time in this series and even better now I'm back int he lead. The racing is always tough and the fans seem to love it as much as the drivers," MacDonald said.

-AUSGTP

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , John Bowe , Luke Youlden , Geoff Morgan , Paul Stokell , Scott Loadsman , Gary Young , Nathan Pilkington , Brett Peters , Damien White , Bob Pearson
Tags AUSGTP-P, AUSUTE