RECORDS SMASHED IN NEW PORSCHE IN MICHELIN CARRERA CUP Alex Davison rewrote the record books with a masterful display in qualifying and race one of the Michelin Carrera Cup at the Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park,...
RECORDS SMASHED IN NEW PORSCHE IN MICHELIN CARRERA CUP
Alex Davison rewrote the record books with a masterful display in qualifying and race one of the Michelin Carrera Cup at the Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne today.
The 26-year-old from Melbourne smashed the qualifying lap record by more than two seconds becoming the first Porsche driver to register a sub-two minute lap around Albert Park.
Davison's time of 1:59.4688 broke the previous record set by Jim Richards last year.
The Paul Cruickshank Racing driver sponsored by Glenfords Tool Centres and DeWalt then took charge in race one winning the sprint to the first turn despite a challenge from fellow Melbournian David Reynolds.
The two speedsters put a small gap on round one winner Craig Baird over the first two laps of the eight lap encounter, with only a whisker separating the two the entire journey.
En route to the victory, Davison also set a new race lap record of 2:00.5344. All 22 starters in the Michelin Carrera Cup were driving new 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, racing for the first time in Melbourne.
"I was quicker in a few spots on the track, and David was quicker in other spots," said Davison.
"The racing is going to be close all weekend, and all year actually, with guys like Jim (Richards) and David (Reynolds), another ex-V8 Supercar driver in Bairdo and some other young guys coming through."
Reynolds, who only lives within walking distance of the track, showed his local knowledge by recording the second fastest time in qualifying of 2:00.0158 and providing an intense challenge on every 5.303km lap.
It was another encouraging performance from the Sonic Motor Racing driver backed by Bob Jane T-Marts, after a third place result at round one in Adelaide last weekend.
"We're progressively moving up the order," said Reynolds. "I had three third-placings last weekend, and have started off with a second place this weekend -- the results are going in the right direction.
"I just wasn't close enough today. I'd be there and then make a mistake --. then catch up and make another mistake. Hopefully I'll learn for tomorrow."
Team VIP Petfoods pilot Baird narrowed the gap on the front two over the concluding stages to signal his intentions for the remaining three races.
Jim Richards, backed by OAMPS Insurance Brokers, started and finished fourth, ahead of Juniper Racing's Ian Dyk in fifth who was closely kept in check by Jonathon Webb from Paul Cruickshank Racing in sixth and Sonic Motor Racing's Dean Fiore in seventh.
Adelaide's Bryce Washington from ADRAD Racing made an impressive return to the top-10 after sustaining substantial damage in two racing incidents in Adelaide last weekend.
Another two young guns in last year's Formula 3 champion Aaron Caratti from Firepower Racing and Sherrin Motorsport's David Russell sponsored by Boom Logistics and Sherrin Hire rounded out the top 10.
The Michelin Carrera Cup at the Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix will continue tomorrow with race two over eight laps.