AUS GT3: Series Bathurst summary

QUINN SWEEPS ROUND ONE OF GT3 CUP CHALLENGE AT BATHURST A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE from Tony Quinn has seen the Team VIP Petfoods driver fly to the outright lead of the GT3 Cup challenge Australia series after round one at Mount Panorama, this ...

QUINN SWEEPS ROUND ONE OF GT3 CUP CHALLENGE AT BATHURST

A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE from Tony Quinn has seen the Team VIP Petfoods driver fly to the outright lead of the GT3 Cup challenge Australia series after round one at Mount Panorama, this weekend.

After taking out pole position and race one on Friday, Quinn took out both races held at the 6.213km circuit today though it wasn't for a lack of drama - safety car interruptions again breaking up each race and prolonging what was a commanding performance from the Queenslander.

Quinn now leads the GT3 Cup Challenge thanks to his round one win, and leads 2008 championship protagonists Bill Pye and Sven Burchartz into the second round of the championship - to be held at Phillip Island in May.

With his wry sense of humor, Quinn joked that the highlight of the weekend was actually teaching another competitor new driving tricks.

"Of course it was nice to win - but my highlight was contributing to Bill Pye's driving career by teaching him how to flat shift," he grinned. "It's nice to contribute to his career!"

"It was good to have (997 Trophy competitor) Nathan Caratti to race against. A couple of the other drivers had problems and I think guys like Max Twigg probably didn't have the kind of weekend they are capable of. But the series is really great and growing - and I hope it continues to do so."

Bill Pye posted two consistent results today to score second for the round whilst Sven Burchartz overcame a race three off at the chase - after a late-braking overtaking move that went slightly wrong - to charge though to third overall for the round.

The best story of the day was the comeback from Mathew Kingsley and Max Twigg, who both rebounded in brilliant fashion from yesterday's opening lap dramas.

Thanks to the goodwill from fellow competitors and the support from Porsche Cars Australia, both made the start for race one this morning - starting at the back of the GT3 Cup competitors - and both raced into the top fifteen in the shortened affair.

Both truly shone in the final race with Twigg charging his way through to third place and Kingsley to fifth in a sensational comeback.

Today's races were again safety car interrupted with several incidences halting proceedings. In race two, two leading 944 challenge competitors (Justin Tate and Sean Carter) came together at Griffins' bend with Tate's car backing into the wall and rolling over in dramatic fashion.

Earlier in the race Victorian Michael Lentini made heavy contact with the wall at Reid Park, severely damaging the front of his Lentini Dental 996 Gt3.

In race three leading class A competitor Russell Kempnich had a massive ‘loose' in the Chase, sliding into the sand trap and barely avoiding a rollover. All drivers - their pride aside - were uninjured.

Despite the dramatic fashion in which the races were conducted, and the multiple safety car periods, the opening round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge proved to be a huge success - with more than 40 cars racing, several thousand dollars of money raised for the McDonald House Charities and the series' mantra of enjoyable motorsport coming to the fore on multiple occasions.

Round two of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this May.

All the action from round one will be broadcast on the Seven network as part of the WPS 12 hour TV coverage. Check your local guides for details.

-credit: gt3cupchallenge.com.au

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Series Road racing
Drivers Tony Quinn , Bill Pye , Sven Burchartz , Russell Kempnich , Max Twigg , Nathan Caratti , Phillip Island