Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

A NEW lap record was set and there were some in­spired drives at the WA Sport­ing Car Club's two-day meet­ing at Barbagallo Race­way, which drew many com­peti­tors from the east coast for the na­tional round of the Im­proved Pro­duc­tion Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

In the over-2-litre fi­nal Ray­mond His­lop of Tasmania took the hon­ours in his 6.0 litre Fal­con BF, with Perth's Peter Ma­jor sec­ond in a Subaru WRX and South Aus­tralian Christo­pher Brown third in a Toy­ota AE86 Sprinter.

Ma­jor set a lap record at 1:00.64 in his Subaru WRX for this class.

Grant Gel­lan had eyes pop­ping in the un­der-2000cc cat­e­gory when he scorched from the back of the grid in his black Es­cort to pass five ri­vals on the first lap.

By lap four he was clos­ing in on Queens­lan­der David Wal­don when the race was red-flagged be­cause of an oil spill and a spin by another com­peti­tor.

The win went to Wal­don in his Mazda RX-3, with WA's Colin Harper third, in his Honda Civic.

Many fans reck­oned Gel­lan's per­for­mance was the best drive they'd seen in years.

Pic­tures: Travis Barnes

Left: Sam Dicker's Stohr goes on an of­froad sa­fari in the F1000 event; Above right: Nik Mitic (car 96) leads the For­mula Ford thrash from Ho Man Ho (91) with win­ner Bai­ley Grech (55) be­hind them; Be­low right: Grant Gel­lan put half his Es­cort (car 46,...

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