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Crick too quick in race one. - 14/4/6

By David McCowen

Greg Crick took a stunning last lap victory in the first of two Australian GT championship races at Mount Panorama.

Starting from pole, the silver Viper looked like walking away with the race, but was behind the Porches of David Reynolds and 2005 series champion Bryce Washington ater just one lap.

With Crick making life hard for Washington, Reynolds focused on putting as much mountain air as possible between him and the battle for third place.

Meanwhile, Peter Hackett was forced to start from pit lane in the Lamborghini Diablo, putting the young driver to the back of the grid for the first lap.

Hackett tore into the task ahead of him, carefully cutting though the field in the concrete canyons of Bathurst.

Six laps into the twelve lap sprint, Reynolds had worked his lead into a sizeable gap, and looked certain to take victory at The Mountain.

Crick stormed past Washington's GT3 and set off after the fast-fleeing Reynolds. The Viper pilot pushed his car to the limit, rapidly closing the gap between he and Reynolds on the way to setting the fastest time of the race thus far ? a 2:14.67 screamer that would have seen the Taswegian on the front row of the Bathurst 24 hour three years ago.

Just as Crick looked like he might have a crack at Reynolds' lead, the race dynamic changed heavily as Peter Lucas deeply buried his Lotus in the Skyline sands, bringing out the safety car.

The Lotus took minutes of expert extraction, and for a while it looked as if the race would finish under safety car conditions, but the Monaro course car turned off it's strobes on Conrod Straight, inviting the multi-million dollar field to have one final, frantic racing lap.

Crick didn't waste any time snatching the lead away from Reynolds, stretching every last Newton metre from the Viper's V10 in a successful effort to pass the Race leader.

Further down the field, Max Twigg found himself turned around at turn one; the safety car had compressed the field dramatically, and the Porsche pilot found out the hard way that there isn't room to go three-wide into Hell corner.

Reynolds made several attempts to pass the leading Viper on the last lap, including a lunge under brakes on the final turn, but Crick was able to hold his lead, and take first blood at Mount Panorama.

Lamborghini man Peter Hackett fought hard the last lap to finish in a very well earned fifth position.

Mechanical dramas and driver error knocked a few cars out of the race, four cars failed to finish the event, while Sven Burchatz and Ian Palmer didn't make it to the start line.

Race two takes place on Saturday afternoon.

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Crick and Hackett Share Bathurst Glory in Gt Thriller - 2006-04-17

Greg Crick has won the second round of the 2006 Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship after fans witnessed a thrilling battle between Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, today.

Crick and returning Lamborghini driver Peter Hackett split the wins at the inaugural WPS Bathurst International motor festival, Crick sealing overall honors thanks to a race one victory and a second place in the final event.

Race one saw Crick hunt down Sonic Motor Racing driver Reynolds after the Porsche lead a majority of the opening laps.

After waiting patiently for his Tyres to reach optimum temperature, Crick passed Reynolds just half a lap from the checkered flag following a safety car period - caused by a crash involving Peter Lucas? Lotus Elise after it contacted the wall entering the Brock Skyline.

Lucas was unhurt, the resulting safety car period allowing a three car battle to the flag with Crick taking the win ahead of Reynolds and defending series champion Bryce Washington?s similar Porsche.
The second race featured a thrilling three car battle and saw Lamborghini driver Peter Hackett charge from fourth to first in the 12-lap event.

Three different leaders ? Hackett, Crick and Reynolds ? all took turns of leading the race with the Lamborghini moving into point on the eighth lap and leading until the flag.

The win was Hackett?s first for the year, the Melbourne based driving instructor becoming the third different race winner for 2006 in what is turning out to be an extremely competitive season.

Tasmanian Crick takes the series lead by virtue of his weekend?s results, the experienced driver justifiably delighted with the day?s results.

?That is what you call racing,? he enthused after his race two podium.

?I really enjoyed it, it was fantastic motor racing. Each time I get into the car I drive it as hard as I possibly can. I took care of my Tyres at the start and brought them up to temperature slowly and they came on strong in both races.

?The Porsche?s Tyres came on very quickly and dropped off as the race went on, so it worked well for us.

?The next round of the championship is at Oran Park which is a circuit that really suits our car so things are really looking strong for us.? He enthused.

Hackett?s remarkable race two victory ? after a 12-lap dogfight with Reynolds and Crick ? was made even more significant thanks to the fact that this weekend?s Bathurst event is set to be the final run for the Team Lamborghini Diablo.

?We?ll retire it as a winner now,? said Hackett.

?The series got the parity totally right this weekend. The cars came to me as the race progressed because I wasn?t running with any (Success) weight and I had new Tyres.

?I have to thank our sponsor Benchmark for those Tyres because they were a key to us winning.

?The car was so strong in a straight line, just excellent.

?I think that was probably one of my best ever races, I couldn?t be happier.? He enthused.

Porsche driver David Reynolds ? driving his Sonic Motor Racing Porsche GT3 Cup - made it three different Manufacturers in the overall top three this weekend, Proving his ability and talent as he raced at the front in both races.

Reynolds led early in both races and rued lapped traffic following his race two podium finish.

?I got held up by traffic coming on to Conrod straight and it allowed the others (Hackett and Crick) to close right up and eventually get by,? he explained.

?There wasn?t much I could do about it in the end and we had to settle for third place (In race two).

?It?s a bit disappointing to have not won the race but it?s been a really good weekend overall ? very enjoyable. The racing was really good.?

Adrad-sponsored driver Bryce Washington moves into second in the championship thanks to his solid fourth-placed round result this weekend, The South Australian driver struggling for outright pace in race two as he battled old Tyres.

Behind the top four came a number of varied performances as the 30-car field tried to tame the 6.213km circuit.

New South Wales state racing regular Bill Pye posted one of the more consistent performances this weekend, taking his Porsche GT3 Cup Car to eighth and sixth-place finishes in the two races, respectively.

Canberra-based James and Theo Koundouris both proved competitive, James posting a strong seventh in the opening race whilst Theo scored a fantastic fourth in the second, both drivers strengthening their respective positions in the chase for the Australian GT Championship.

Viper driver D?Arcy Russell was a strong fifth in race one before a cracked Differential hindered his chances in the second, whilst Ferrari driver John Teulan was the first of the Prancing Horse brigade, 13th in race one followed by a competitive 7th in the second.

Matthew Turnbull scored consistent top ten results in each race, whilst fellow Porsche drivers Marc Cini, Dave Stevens and John Kaias also had a share of the top ten today.

Top Ten- Race Two

1- Peter Hackett Lamborghini Diablo GTR
2- Greg Crick Dodge Viper GTS ACR
3- David Reynolds Porsche GT3 Cup
4- Bryce Washington Porsche GT3 Cup
5- Theo Koundouris Porsche GT3 Cup
6- Bill Pye Porsche GT3 Cup
7- John Teulan Ferrari 360 Challenge
8- David Stephens Porsche GT3 Cup
9- Matthew Turnbull Porsche GT3 Cup
10- Marc Cini Porsche GT3 Cup

Round Results ? Round 2

1. Greg Crick 73
2. Peter Hackett 61
3. David Reynolds 60
4. Bryce Washington 53

Championship positions ? After 2 rounds

1. Greg Crick (Chrysler Viper ACR) 171
2. Bryce Washington (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 137
3. Theo Koundouris (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 112
4. Allan Simonsen (Ferrari 360 GT) 104
5. James Koundouris (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 95}

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