24 Hours – Second Qualifying Session Report
Very odd: with the dry morning session out of the way, the heavens
then opened at the top of the Mountain, and didn’t down in
the pits straight / paddock area. A river was seen flowing down
the track, through the Dipper.
Then the sun
came out, the track dried and the V8 Brutes and the other PROCAR
categories got on with their practising and racing.
Then the rain
came down – almost as the late afternoon session began. Some
cars did a lap on slicks, then came in for wets and did a lap –
before the session was stopped as the rain became torrential, over
the whole of the circuit.
an unusual listing while the racers waited for a couple of damaged
cars to be hauled back: Keith Ahlers was fastest overall, in the
Morgan! How about that? His 3:45.439 shows how wet the track was
though – very wet.
In a bit of
a recap, the Cirtek Porsche of Tim Harvey and partners had had its
clutch fixed, so no. 24 would go out for the first time in anger
once the track opened again, the GNM Porsche had had a ‘fresh’
engine installed during the afternoon, the Freisinger unit used
at the Spa 1000 Km, while Liz Halliday wanted to be more aggressive
than her two laps in the morning session had allowed, in the Kawasaki
When the track
went green again, up stepped a couple of racers who have never been
afraid to be aggressive – although their styles were actually
– “We just need to get everyone in the car and get their
qualifying laps in” – looked very quick, and was very
quick. “I love these Porsches, and this one is confidence
inspiring. The trouble was we had a misfire coming out of the last
corner, and the engine just went flat throughout the rev range.”
the next charger, and whereas Harvey had looked controlled, Uwe
Alzen in the B Class Porsche looked anything but. He was twitching
the 911 every which way, and the smile on his face when he got out
said it all.
That was a 2:37,
against Harvey’s 2:48 in the GT3-RS (delayed out of the last
the Holden Monaros stayed resolutely in their garage.
A little drizzle
prevented the track from drying, but continued use by most of the
cars saw a drier line appearing, and Philipp Peter responded by
going fastest in the BE Ferrari, with a 2:35.
was having Alzen-type fun in the fastest car in Class F, the 301
BMW having been six seconds faster than any class rival this morning
– and now nine seconds faster as this difficult second session
drew to a conclusion.
was having fun in the Kawasaki Porsche, setting 2:38s, “Not
bad for an old rally driver,” while in the remaining minutes,
several things happened as the track became less and less damp:
- the Monaros still didn’t go out, the Garry Rogers team apparently
so confident in their wet set-up that they chose not to go out.
- Martin Short went out in the Mosler, to check the car out after
Heather Spurle had a slight contact with a Subaru – and despite
being under the weather, Short set a 2:35.8, fourth fastest, and
- David Brabham set a 2:24 in the closing moments, over two seconds
quicker than anyone else.
- Paul Stokell wound up the Nations Cup Lamborghini to go second
quickest, John Bowe going third fastest in the 5 litre BMW.
Bartels went slightly quicker than team-mate Alzen, but nothing
like as spectacularly.
With the weather
likely to be uncertain for the 24 Hours, the performance of the
cars mentioned above could be significant – very significant.
Porsches were in trouble: Rob Schirle’s men were changing
the plugs as they still sought the cause of the misfire in no. 24’s
flat six, while GNM was on its second engine change of the day.
The intended race unit dropped a valve, despite only having run
for six hours at Spa and a few minutes here, so the spare was heading
back into the nether regions of the white, red and blue Porsche.
The V8 Brutes
are about to start their second race of the day – with a reverse
grid. On a very damp track. In the gloom.
Keith Ahlers was absolutely bubbling over at the performance of
the Morgan in the wet. "The Australian Dunlop wets are every
bit as good as the British ones, and when the track was at its wettest,
the stopping distance and rear end grip were staggering."
David Lord was
slightly put out by David Brabham's antics in the BE Ferrari this
evening. It was Brabs who went quickest overall of course, and lap
after lap he placed the 360 very, very close to the wall, at the
first right hander after Skyline. "His mirror was over the
wall," said a surprised David Lord. "The trouble was,
I was leaning on it. The first time he did it, the mirror nearly
caught my arm."
Now that is