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October 2006
News Index News for September 2006 (Peter Brock Tribute)



Bathurst 2006 V8 Supercars @ Mt Panorama

8th October 2006

A big upset for HOLDEN fans this year in a race marked by further horrific accidents.

Craig Lowndes won the Bathurst 1000 race this afternoon driving a Ford and carrying the words "Brock Always With Us" on his visor in memory of the Holden hero who died last month. Lowndes last won at Mount Panorama 10 years ago in 1996.

Lowndes, whose co-driver was Jamie Whinchup, took the chequered flag less than a second ahead of Rick Kelly / Todd Kelly driving a Holden.

Glenn Seton / James Courtney driving a Ford took third place ahead of another Ford driven by Russell Ingall / Luke Youlden.

They were followed by Russell Ingall / Luke Youlden in a Ford and the first Kiwi, Steven Richards / Paul Dumbrell in a Holden.

Mark Porter, 31, died today in a Sydney hospital after suffering serious head and chest injuries when his Holden Commodore was struck by another car in a V8 Supercar race after the New Zealander had clipped a perimeter wall on Friday.

Mark Porter is the fourth driver to be killed at Bathurst.

David Clark, the driver of the Ford Falcon that collided with Porter's car during Friday's race, was initially critical but is now recovering and breathing unaided, a hospital statement said today.


7th October 2006

Andrew Thompson was the winner of the Fujitsu series 2nd race at Bathurst this afternoon.


6th October 2006

TWO drivers have been critically injured in a horror 200km/h smash at Bathurst Mt Panorama this afternoon.

A Holden V8 driven by Mark Porter was directly hit by Ford driver David Clark at the top of Mount Panorama during the Fujitsu series race shortly after 1.30pm.

An ambulance crew treated both men at the scene. Porter was then flown by helicopter to Nepean hospital. Clark was taken by road ambulance to Bathurst hospital and was then due to be transferred by helicopter to Westmead hospital. Fujitsu V8 Supercars are one class down from those that race in the Bathurst 1000. Racing resumed after an hour delay with the Bathurst 1000 qualifying session.

Holden's Mark Skaife claimed provisional pole position for Sunday's big race. Skaife, who will be partnered by Garth Tander, drove a qualifying session time of 2 minutes and 6.9764 seconds. The five-time winner and defending champion finished ahead of Ford's Jason Bright, who clocked 2:07.0967, while Holden's Rick Kelly was third fastest with a time of 2:07.6780.

The top 10 qualifiers will race against the clock on Saturday to determine the final starting positions for the endurance event.






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