Phillip Island Saturday notes

REYNOLDS WINS ON SMOKY ISLAND AS DAVISON FIGHTS ON Sonic Motor Racing's David Reynolds enjoyed a victorious day in the smoke haze of Phillip Island for round eight of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, as championship contender Alex...

REYNOLDS WINS ON SMOKY ISLAND AS DAVISON FIGHTS ON

Sonic Motor Racing's David Reynolds enjoyed a victorious day in the smoke haze of Phillip Island for round eight of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, as championship contender Alex Davison lived to fight another day.

The Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Reynolds started from pole position and led all the way over 12 laps to win race one of the all-Porsche series at Phillip Island today.

With two races of the round and the season left tomorrow, Alex Davison's second placing has bridged the gap to championship leader Craig Baird to 95 points.

This means that Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) only has to finish seventh or higher in race two tomorrow morning to wrap up the championship.

Following Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres/ DeWalt) home today was his younger team mates David Wall (Glenfords Tool Centres / Hitachi) and Jonathon Webb (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita).

All three of the Glenfords backed drivers found a passage past Baird over the 12 laps to relegate the championship leader to fifth place.

Wall's result was exciting for the 23-year-old from Sydney as it was his best race result for the season and also extended his lead in the Michelin Rookie of the Year award to 12 points.

His closest challenger in the rookie stakes continues to be David Russell (Boom Logistics / Sherrin Hire) who finished sixth today. The 12-point margin is equivalent to two places so this award will be hotly contested tomorrow.

As smoke filled the sky above Phillip Island from the Victorian bushfires and temperatures soared over 30 degrees Celsius, Reynolds proved the most capable to handle the conditions with an impressive display to consolidate third place overall in the series standings.

Today's race win was his fourth of the season while his pole was his third out of the eight rounds.

Reynolds' Sonic team mate Dean Fiore (Landscape Developments) placed seventh ahead of Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers), Anthony Tratt (Toll / Bridgestone) and Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) who was the leading privateer in the race.

Round eight of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Caterpillar Grand Finale at Phillip Island will conclude tomorrow with Race 2 at 10.05am and Race 1 at 2.40pm.

-credit: cupcar.au

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Craig Baird , Alex Davison , Anthony Tratt , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Jonathon Webb , David Wall , David Reynolds , Dean Fiore , Phillip Island