(Sun.) 6 May 2001 / Race report, Round 2 - Wakefield Park, NSW LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell scored two wins to keep his lead in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship series at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, today, but...
(Sun.) 6 May 2001 / Race report, Round 2 - Wakefield Park, NSW
LAMBORGHINI driver Paul Stokell scored two wins to keep his lead in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship series at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn, today, but was denied a hat-trick by an exciting drive from Ferrari's Mark Noske.
Before a circuit-record two-day crowd of 10,928, Stokell comfortably won the first two legs of the second round in his big Italian coupe and led the early laps of leg three on a wet track.
Jim Richards and Peter Fitzgerald in Porsches and Noske took over the first three places in the race as Stokell struggled with a drying surface.
When a caution period was called because of an incident with another car, Noske's quick-thinking Prancing Horse team ordered him to the pits for dry-weather tyres. He rejoined the back of the field with four laps to go and passed every car to win by 6.4 sec.
Stokell performed a similar feat in the reverse-grid second leg, starting from the back of the field and grabbing the lead after 10 of the 15 laps.
Richards, who claimed a third, fourth and second today, is second in the eight-round series.
Today's races will be telecast on Network Ten's Trackside program on Sunday 27 May. Round three of the championship will be in Canberra on 8-10 June.
<pre> RESULTS ace 1 : 1. P. Stokell (Lamborghini Diablo SVR) 2. M. Noske (Ferrari 360 Challenge) 3. J. Richards (Porsche GT3) 4. D. Beninca (Porsche GT3) 5. P. Fitzgerald (Porsche GT3) 6. T. Quinn (Porsche GT3)
Race 2 (reverse grid): 1. P. Stokell 2. P. Fitzgerald 3. M. Noske 4. J. Richards 5. T. Quinn 6. S. Shearman (Ferrari 360 Challenge)
Race 3 : 1. M. Noske 2. J. Richards 3. P. Fitzgerald 4. T. Quinn 5. S. Gagg (Ferrari 360 Challenge) 6. P. Stokell 95 D. Beninca
MEGUIAR'S DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 217 P. Stokell 205 M. Noske 190 P. Fitzgerald 166 M. Noske 161 T. Quinn