CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WINTON RACE TWO 22nd AUGUST 1999 PARK GRABS FIRST FERRARI VICTORY FOR 1999 Ferrari driver Wayne Park has broken the Porsche stranglehold on the Century Batteries Australian GT ...
CENTURY BATTERIES AUSTRALIAN GT PRODUCTION CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
WINTON RACE TWO 22nd AUGUST 1999
PARK GRABS FIRST FERRARI VICTORY FOR 1999
Ferrari driver Wayne Park has broken the Porsche stranglehold on the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship with a stunning victory in race two of round seven at Winton Motor Raceway today.
Park leapt into the lead off the start but was passed by the Porsche 911 RSCS of Peter Fitzgerald on the opening lap.
The pair made contact in the passing move, badly damaging the left front guard of the Porsche.
Fitzgerald held the lead with three laps to go until the oil coiler (located under the guard) rubbed on the tyre, spilling oil onto the track. Fitzgerald was forced to the pits and did not complete the race.
"We arrived here with a suspension package which really wasn't right but we have been able to transform the car over the weekend," Park said.
"I didn't anticipate the heat of the day and the car was very sideways in the opening race.
"People don't appreciate that this is a very good car and it's very hard to set up, but once you get it right, it is very strong.
"We are very pleased to come away with a win. The championship for us is out of the question but it is great to get some results like this."
Jim Richards and Ed Aitken (both aboard Porsche 911 RSCS's) took second and third behind the Ferrari star in the Meguiar's Top Marques Class A division.
Paula Elstrek was again victorious in the Autobarn Class B division, returning to a Mazda RX7 Twin Turbo after driving the Class A Maserati Ghibli in recent events.
Bob Hughes made it a one-two for the Japanese marque, putting his Mazda RX7 in second place ahead of Mark King's Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III.
Ryan McLeod repeated his race one victory in his Ford Falcon XR8 in Class C, defeating the Holden Commodore VT SS of Class championship leader, Peter Phelan.
Colin Osborne was a surprise winner in the GTP Sports - Class S division in his Toyota MR2 Bathurst after team-mate Ric Shaw suffered two major spins through the Winton sweeper.
Phil Kirkham celebrated his GTP Lights Class D Championship win with another victory aboard his Mazda 626.
The two-car Holden Vectra 2.2 GL team of Melinda Price and Sam Newman took second and third.
Nathan Thomas (Suzuki Swift GTi) fought back from a disastrous opening race to turn the tables on Warren Luff (Peugeot 306 Style).
Thomas' Suzuki was damaged in the opening race after being tapped into a spin.
RACE TWO - 12 LAPS 1. - Wayne Park, Ferrari F355 Challenge (A) - 18:30.743 2. - Jim Richards, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 18:33.048 3. - Ed Aitken, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 18:34.287 4. - Geoff Morgan, Porsche 911 RSCS (A) - 18:43.182 Class B - Paula Elstrek, Mazda RX7 - 19:39.442 Class C - Ryan McLeod, Ford Falcon EL XR8 - 1 lap down Class D - Phil Kirkham, Mazda 626 - 1 lap down Class E - Nathan Thomas, Suzuki Swift Gti - 1 lap down Class S - Ric Shaw, Toyota MR2 Bathurst - 1 lap down
COMPLETE RESULTS: http://www.racetime.com.au/racedata/w9939/r10res.htm
POINTS OUTRIGHT: Richards 162.5, Fitzgerald 138, Beninca 117, Aitken 84, Park 80, Morgan 75, Cartwright 32.
CLASS A: Richards 158.5, CLASS B: Full 166.5, CLASS C: Phelan 157, CLASS D: P. Kirkham 150, CLASS E: Kalaitzidis 138, CLASS S: Shaw 179.
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