AUS: Supabarn Motorsports race one report

Another Top Ten Result for Supabarn Motorsports Supabarn Motorsports continued it's run of top ten results, with Theo Koundouris finishing in 10th position in the opening race of the fourth round of the Australian Carrera Cup. The Canberra...

Another Top Ten Result for Supabarn Motorsports

Supabarn Motorsports continued it's run of top ten results, with Theo Koundouris finishing in 10th position in the opening race of the fourth round of the Australian Carrera Cup.

The Canberra based team has made the long journey across the country this weekend to race in the primary support category for the V8 Supercar round being held at Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo, Western Australia.

The weekend got off to a difficult start with James Koundouris missing much of the first practice session when the pit lane speed limiter in his Porsche would not disengage.

Qualifying

Heavy rain fell just before the qualifying session started, but stopped by the time it began. The track was still very wet for the session.

James struggled with car set and was disappointed to qualify in 12th, but was encourage by the fact that he was just one second off the pole time.

Theo qualified in 17th position.

Race 1 -- 20 laps

The grid was held for a long time before the lights went out and the racing began, but both Supabarn Motorsports cars of James and Theo Koundouris made good starts, with James moving up from 12th to 10th and Theo from 17th to 12th in the opening lap.

The race was under the safety car before the completion of the first lap when two of the front runners made contact and Jono Lester's car became stuck in the sand trap.

In the early stages of the race, James was locked in a tight battle with Max Twigg, the pair trading places a number of times with James coming out on top and was able to pull away from Twigg slightly. This dropped Twigg back within Theo's grasp. By lap 11 Theo was in front of Twigg and the Koundouris brothers were running line astern with James in 9th and Theo behind him in 10th place.

Problems then struck the number 14 car of James Koundouris. As a result of damage to the car's radiator caused after being hit whilst under the safety car earlier in the race, coolant was spilling out of the car and onto the track, forcing James to retire the car.

Theo was able to bring the car home strongly in 10th position, his best result this season. A result that is made all the more impressive given he started the race in 17th position.

Race 2 will held on Sunday morning, with race 3 being televised on Channel 7 at 3:35pm(AEST) tomorrow afternoon.

-credit: supabarn

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Series Porsche
Drivers James Koundouris , Max Twigg , Jono Lester