PORSCHE COMBATANTS LOCKED AT ONE ALL -- TOMORROW TO DECIDE Alex Davison and David Reynolds are locked at one race win apiece after an enthralling day of Porsche racing in round six of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup held at the...
PORSCHE COMBATANTS LOCKED AT ONE ALL -- TOMORROW TO DECIDE
Alex Davison and David Reynolds are locked at one race win apiece after an enthralling day of Porsche racing in round six of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup held at the Super Cheap Auto 1000 in Bathurst today.
Race one set the scene for a great day of racing with Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt) holding off a surging Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) over the final few turns to take the win.
Young gun Reynolds started from pole position after Davison was relegated to position two due to an infringement in qualifying.
The 21-year-old Bob Jane T-Marts backed driver managed a fast start to lead the Porsche pack over the first four laps followed closely by Davison and then series leader Craig Baird (Team VIP Petfoods).
Then just before the WPS Safety Car emerged from pit lane due to Shaun Juniper beaching his Number 9 Juniper Racing Porsche at Turn One, Davison edged past Reynolds coming over the top of the mountain in what was the decisive move for the day.
Despite two more laps under green flag conditions, Reynolds could not find a way past Davison but did set a new race lap record of 2:10.7854 on lap seven of eight.
Baird finished third followed by David Wall (Glenfords Tool Centres / Hitachi) who recorded his best race finish (fourth) in his rookie season so far. Wall had a good tussle with another Michelin Rookie hot shot in David Russell (Sherrin Hire / Boom Logistics) and took the early honours around the 6.231km Mount Panorama circuit.
Mountain legend Jim Richards placed sixth in his OAMPS Insurance Brokers backed Porsche.
Reynolds claimed the ascendancy from the start in race two, leading Davison to the first turn and then maintaining the front position over the entire eight laps.
Baird held his position in third while Richards showed his experience around the mountain in picking up two spots to fourth.
The second race brought the first racing incident for the round with Aaron Caratti (Firepower Racing) and Anthony Tratt (Toll) going off at the first turn. Tratt sustained enough damage to the right side of his Porsche causing a rear tyre puncture to end his race prematurely.
Russell relinquished his lead in the Michelin Rookie stakes after clipping the wall on lap five leading up to the cutting. His rival Wall finished fifth and overtook Russell in rookie standings.
Rodney Jane was the leading driver in both races one and two who are eligible for the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for privateer drivers over 30 years of age, finishing ninth overall in both races.
Round six of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Super Cheap Auto 1000, Bathurst will conclude tomorrow with Race 3 over eight laps at 7.50am. This race will be telecast live during Network Ten's broadcast of the Super Cheap Auto 1000.