Marshall pushes Richards in race 2 Veteran takes race two; Bell hits the wall and retires Today's second race in round seven of the Carrera Cup at Mount Panorama may have been claimed by Jim Richards, but young gun Marcus Marshall starred in the...
Marshall pushes Richards in race 2
Veteran takes race two; Bell hits the wall and retires
Today's second race in round seven of the Carrera Cup at Mount Panorama may have been claimed by Jim Richards, but young gun Marcus Marshall starred in the six lap race.
While Richards got the jump and ran away with the race, Marshall made a strong start, passing the slow starting Kevin Bell, and settling into second spot.
The Gold Coast driver was in scintillating form, closing on Richards but unable to quite latch onto the back of the seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner, even despite setting a new Carrera Cup lap record of 2m14.7877s on the final lap.
"I was just going as hard as I could to catch him," said Marshall, who will share a Team Brock Commodore with Greg Ritter in tomorrow's 1000-kilometre V8 event in addition to the final Carrera Cup race.
"I'm learning all the time with the more laps I do around Bathurst and the lap times are coming down. Maybe there's a little more speed in the car yet."
Following the duo across the line was ENJO Racing driver Peter Fitzgerald in third place, who suffered a clutch problem with two laps to go. The Victorian made a wrong gear change, which damaged the clutch.
However, Kiwi Bell simply didn't finish the race, even after getting moving from his bad start. Exiting the Chase on lap one, the Gtech Bellmor-backed driver was forced onto the outside of the circuit and spin, crunching the back of his Porsche into the concrete wall.
Bell and team-mate Paul Pedersen made contact; Pedersen though was able to continue to finish seventh.
The dice of the race was between the father and son combination of Klark and Tony Quinn and 19-year-old Jonathon Webb. They finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, each unable to do much about the others.
"I knew Fitzgerald would get past me in the early stages to take third spot so my plan was to try and hang onto him and stay away from the chasing pack," said Quinn Jnr.
"I managed to hold on; I was hoping that finish line would come sooner!"
Quinn is making only his second Carrera Cup start and will start from fourth tomorrow.
Webb was a solid fifth, unable to pass Quinn's Pioneer-backed RT Motorsport machine. He was able to hold out Tony Quinn's #32 VIP Petfoods machine for the full race distance.
Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Coleman, Geoff Morgan and an impressive Scott Shearman. Shearman, from Victoria, reported that he is still feeling his way and building his confidence, but will start from a strong position in race three, to be held at 7.50am tomorrow morning.
Tim Leahey managed to work his way through to 13th after starting from the rear of the grid, the Orange-based driver involved in an incident with Richards in race one that resulted in his #55 Braun machine becoming bogged in a sand trap.
Retirements in today's race included Rodney Jane (stuck in second gear), Dean Cook, Stephen Borness and Bell.
Team Terrier driver Jack Crocker had a spin at Hell Corner, the Queenslander being touched by Andrew Miedecke. Crocker finished a delayed 20th, Miedecke home in 12th.
The Carrera Cup race tomorrow will be telecast live on Network Ten's Bathurst coverage at 7.50am.
Carrera Cup, Round 7, Race 2 Results (6 laps):
1. Jim Richards
2. Marcus Marshall
3. Peter Fitzgerald
4. Klark Quinn
5. Jonathon Webb
6. Tony Quinn
7. Paul Pedersen
8. Matt Coleman
9. Geoff Morgan
10. Scott Shearman
11. Charlie O'Brien
12. Andrew Miedecke
13. Tim Leahey
14. Russell Wright
15. Chris Seidler
16. Dean Grant
17. Peter Hill
18. Greg Keene
19. Andrew Taplin
20. Jack Crocker
21. Andrew Bagnall
22. John Teulan
23. Roger Oakeshott
DNF. Dean Cook
DNF. Stephen Borness
DNF. Rodney Jane
DNF. Kevin Bell.
Fastest Lap -- Marcus Marshall (2m14.7877s on lap 6).