September 13, 2002

Ford teams could have their best chance of ending the domination of the Holden Racing Team: in this year's V8 Supercar Championship when the series resumes this Sunday with the V.I.P. Petfoods Queensland 500. The Queensland 500 is the first of the endurance rounds in the championship and is often seen as a practice for the all-important 1000km race at Bathurst.

posted by dg to other at 08:20 AM - 1 comment

For the record, Gold Coast-based driver David Besnard and New Zealand's Simon Wills won the event in a Caltex-Havoline Ford Falcon. The result of the 161-lap race at Queensland Raceway was Ford's first win in the championship since last year's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500. Steve Richards and Russell Ingall finished second in a Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore and were less than 3 seconds behind the winners. Valvoline Holden Commodore team-mates Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna were third, followed by pole position winners Marcos Ambrose and Paul Weel in a Pirtek Ford Falcon. New Zealand's Greg Murphy, driving a Kmart Holden Commodore with Todd Kelly, appeared on target for victory in the 500km endurance event when he led after the sixth and final Safety Car period on lap 158. On the following lap Murphy slowed because of a fuel shortage and was passed by Besnard. Murphy eventually finished 10th.

posted by dg at 02:17 AM on September 18, 2002

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