REYNOLDS WINS PORSCHE WAR AT BATHURST Young Porsche racing star David Reynolds won a bumper-to-bumper third race of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup held as a precursor to the Super Cheap Auto 1000 V8 Supercar race in Bathurst this...
REYNOLDS WINS PORSCHE WAR AT BATHURST
Young Porsche racing star David Reynolds won a bumper-to-bumper third race of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup held as a precursor to the Super Cheap Auto 1000 V8 Supercar race in Bathurst this morning.
The 21-year-old Albury born-and-bred driver had a fascinating and epic duel with Melbourne rival Alex Davison over almost the full eight laps to secure the race win.
The result provided Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) with consecutive round wins following on from his maiden round win at Sandown last month.
Two uncharacteristic mistakes cost Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt) victory in what will go down as one of the most exciting Porsche races witnessed in Australia.
After rounding the first turn side-by-side, Davison held the inside line to round turn two in the lead as the field of 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars headed up Mount Panorama on the first lap.
As the two continued their dog fight, similar duels were forming behind them between Craig Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) and Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) for third, and Glenfords Racing team mates David Wall and Jonathon Webb for fifth.
Then on lap three, Davison went off track at the high speed 'Chase' allowing Reynolds through to take the lead. This seemed to spur on Davison as he went on to set a new Porsche lap record of 2:10.2419 on the very next lap.
The dynamic duo continued their bumper-to-bumper fight right down to the final turn when Davison got unstuck trying to make a final lunge for a winning pass. The 26-year-old former series champion ran off track giving Reynolds the race and round win, but did manage to return to the circuit to hit the checkered flag in sixth position.
The experienced Porsche pair of Baird and Richards swapped positions twice on lap five before Baird went on to take second place, less than half a second ahead of his Kiwi compatriot in third.
Wall and Webb were also within half a second of each other at the finish as well with the rookie Porsche driver, Wall, holding off his determined team mate in the race for fifth.
Reynolds' Sonic Motor Racing team mate Dean Fiore (Landscape Developments) improved five positions for fifth to finish ahead of Davison.
After three races, Reynolds claimed the round win from Baird, Davison, Richards and Wall.
"What a great way to win -- in front of a huge Sunday morning crowd in the lead up the Bathurst 1000," said Reynolds.
"It was hot racing all the way with Davo (Davison) this weekend. The car was fast and the Sonic crew did a great job preparing it for this round.
"We've just got to keep this run going for the final two rounds and finish as high as we can. It's unfortunate that we dropped a lot of points early in the season."
With two rounds to go in the championship, Baird has stretched his lead in the overall standings to 185 points from Davison in second who is 76 points ahead of Reynolds in third.
Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts) had another successful round by taking out the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for privateer drivers over 30 years of age.
Jane was the top privateer finisher in all three races to finish ahead of Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) and Paul Freestone (Star Track Express).
His win has lifted him to a 108-point lead in the awards race from Quinn as the privateer drivers pursue prized TAG Heuer Carrera Chronographs at the end of the season.
In other award categories, Wall has shot to the lead in the Michelin Rookie of the Year standings while Fiore was the Mobil1 Hard Charger for the round for making up the most number of grid positions.
Round seven of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is next on the calendar (Lexmark Indy 300) to be staged on the Gold Coast from October 19 to 22.