Rick Shaw, Geoff Full lead in Adelaide night race

(Sat.) 8 April 2000 / Round 2 - Adelaide, SA SYDNEY drivers Ric Shaw and Geoff Full cruised their Mazda RX-7 to a comfortable victory in a two-hour night race for round two of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship in ...

Rick Shaw, Geoff Full lead in Adelaide night race

(Sat.) 8 April 2000 / Round 2 - Adelaide, SA SYDNEY drivers Ric Shaw and Geoff Full cruised their Mazda RX-7 to a comfortable victory in a two-hour night race for round two of the Century Batteries Australian GT Production Car Championship in Adelaide tonight.

The winners' teammates Barry Morcom and Mark Stinson followed six seconds later in an identical car, with surf champion Grant Kenny completing an ironman solo drive to claim third in a Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

Shaw's win boosted his tally in the 2000 drivers championship to 48 points, a lead of 18 over nearest contender Bob Hughes, who finished fifth in a Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V.

Tonight's highlight was a duel over the first half of the 67-lap race between Shaw and Tony Scott, in a Holden Commodore ClubSport R8.

The pair raced door-to-door in the darkness, frequently swapping the lead - at one stage three times within 500 metres - without touching. zoth drivers praised each other's sportsmanship.

Scott set a lap record at 1 minute 40.37 seconds on the seventh lap, but the battle ended on lap 30 when he retired the Commodore V8 with failed transmission.

Colin Osborne put in a giant-killing performance in a six-year-old Toyota MR2, finishing sixth outright and first in the Hippies Sports Touring class.

<pre> RESULTS: Outright Class 1. R.Shaw/G.Full (Mazda RX-7) Autobarn High Perf.: R.Shaw/G.Full (Mazda RX-7) 2. B.Morcom/M.Stinson (Miazda RX-7) Hippies Sports Touring: C.Osborne (Toyota MR2 Bathurst) 3. G.Kenny (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) Pennzoil V8 Touring: J.Philip (Ford Falcon XR8) 4. M.King/R.Wilson (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: D.Coon (Ford Falcon XR6) 5. Bob Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo V) Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: Kosi Kalaitzidis (Proton M21)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Outright Class 1. Ric Shaw 48 Autobarn High Perf.: R.Shaw 47 2. Bob Hughes 30 Hippies Sports Touring: D.Wood 34 3. Graham Stones 20 Pennzoil V8 Touring: S.Loadsman 31 4. Barry Morcom 17 Pennzoil Six-cyl. Touring: D.Coon 39 5. DennisGilbert 16 Poolrite Four-cyl. Touring: K.Kalaitzidis 42

NEXT ROUND: 30 April - Eastern Creek, NSW

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