nineteen-year-old Jonathon Webb has scored his first podium position of the season in round six of the all-Porsche Carrera Cup at Sandown International Motor Raceway in Melbourne. While it was championship leader Jim Richards who won today's...
nineteen-year-old Jonathon Webb has scored his first podium position of the season in round six of the all-Porsche Carrera Cup at Sandown International Motor Raceway in Melbourne.
While it was championship leader Jim Richards who won today's third and final race of the weekend quite comfortably, Webb scored a third place finish to seal second overall for the round. It is the New South Welshman's best result of the season.
"Obviously I'm thrilled with the result and this is the end of the field where we expected to be at the beginning of the season," said Webb.
"We didn't put a mark on the car all weekend and it's a big confidence boost for when we head to Bathurst in a month's time."
Webb's strong weekend moves him from 13th to eighth in the championship.
Following yesterday's spectacular incident that destroyed the $250,000 Porsche of Victorian racer Matt Coleman, today's third and final race was a much more orderly affair.
Richards got the jump from pole position and held the lead for the entire 14 lap distance, winning comfortably over race one winner Peter Fitzgerald and Webb.
While Richards drove away at the front of the pack, the International Motorsport NZ cars of Kevin Bell and Paul Pedersen took up the chase, only for Pedersen to hit his team-mate on lap five at the 90-degree first turn.
Bell lost plenty of places recovering from his spin and finished 12th, while Pedersen, from Taupo in New Zealand, was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident and finished 16th.
Two of the top championship runners, Tim Leahey and Marcus Marshall, both were forced to recover from lowly grid positions, the duo fighting their way through to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Leahey (#55 Greg Murphy Racing -- Team Braun), who suffered a clutch failure while leading the first race yesterday, held off Marshall (#31 VIP Pet Foods Racing) in the race's closing stages, picking up valuable championship points that keep him fourth in the championship chase.
Marshall was forced to start from the rear of the grid in today's race as punishment for his involvement in the incident with Coleman in yesterday's opening race. The 25-year-old Gold Coaster had finished sixth in the second race, however he was forced to again fight back through the field to salvage a result.
Marshall, who is performing double duty at Sandown this weekend by also driving for Team Brock in the 500-kilometre V8 Supercar race, now trails Richards by 159 points in the championship. He finished fifth overall in this weekend's round.
A spirited dice was the feature of race three, with Klark Quinn (Pioneer #23 Porsche) shining on his Carrera Cup debut. At one stage the 21-year-old held down third place, but was pushed back in the order to an eventual sixth place finish, still a strong result.
Things didn't go as well for his father Tony, who was forced to retire his #32 VIP Pet Foods Porsche while sitting in a strong fourth place on lap three.
Another involved in the shuffling pack was James Dutton. Running short on budget, the Victorian improved in each race, taking seventh in today's race and eighth for the round.
The next round of the Carrera Cup will be held at Mount Panorama, Bathurst on October 10-12 as a support to the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000.
Race 3 Results (14 laps)
1. Jim Richards, 2. Peter Fitzgerald, 3. Jonathon Webb, 4. Tim Leahey, 5. Marcus Marshall, 6. Klark Quinn, 7. James Dutton, 8. Dean Cook, 9. Charlie O'Brien, 10. Russell Wright, 11. Andrew Miedecke, 12. Kevin Bell, 13. Andrew Taplin, 14. Jack Crocker, 15. Dean Grant, 16. Paul Pedersen, 17. Rodney Jane, 18. Greg Keene, 19. Chris Seidler, 20. Roger Oakeshott, 21. Marc Cini, DNF. Scott Shearman, DNF. Stephen Borness, DNF. Tony Quinn, DNF. Peter Hill, DNS. Matt Coleman, DNS. John Teulan.
Points after round six:
1.Richards 963, 2. Marshall 804, 3. Fitzgerald 708, 4. Leahey 630, 5. Bell 561, 6. Pedersen 405, 7. Coleman 372, 8. Webb 303, 9. Miedecke 288, 10. Cook 285.