DAVISON AND BAIRD SHARE RACE SPOILS IN ADELAIDE A year away from Carrera Cup racing in Australia did no harm to Alex Davison and Craig Baird as they shared the spoils in the first two races at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today. The first...
DAVISON AND BAIRD SHARE RACE SPOILS IN ADELAIDE
A year away from Carrera Cup racing in Australia did no harm to Alex Davison and Craig Baird as they shared the spoils in the first two races at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today.
The first round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup has already presented plenty of great racing, scratch and dents and the development of a legion of talented young racers in Australia.
Davison, driving for Paul Cruickshank Racing and backed by Glenfords Tool Centres and DeWalt, was a start-to-finish leader in race one. Later in the day, Team VIP Petfoods driver Baird got a great start to do likewise and even the ledger going into the final race tomorrow.
Both drivers have returned to the all-Porsche category this year from stints in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
In the opening 12-lap enocunter, polesitter Davison survived a final turn lock-up and bumper-to-bumper racing from Baird to take the checkered flag first.
Right on Baird's hammer was an impressive David Reynolds who set two Porsche lap records en route to third place.
The 20-year-old campaigning in a Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Sonic Motorsport's Porsche now holds the race lap record around the 3.22km street circuit with 1:25.0668.
Jim Richards finished a further six seconds behind in fourth ahead of youthful trio Ian Dyk, Dean Fiore and Jonathon Webb.
The first safety car of the season came out on the opening lap after a turn three incident involving Aaron Caratti, David Russell and Bryce Washington. Unfortunately for local South Australian favourite Washington, his car came out the worst with extensive right front-end damage almost costing him a start in the second race.
Tony Quinn and Paul Freestone took the casualty list to five in race one after a clash on lap eight made it a no-so-memorable start to the season for the two leading TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge combatants.
On a sweltering Adelaide day, one of the most notable achievements was made from the ADRAD Racing crew who rebuilt the front end of Washington's Porsche in the space of three hours. Included in the project were new front guards, bumper, right hand side suspension, brake disk, three wheels, front cross-member plus other assorted parts.
In the second race, Baird took the challenge up to the 2004 series champion immediately off the start and was never headed over the 12 laps. In a repeat of the first race, Reynolds held down third place but almost snuck into second on the final lap.
The youngest driver in the field Dyk representing Juniper Racing made a great opening impression by overtaking the elder statesman of the field Jim Richards on the first lap. However experience paid dividends a few corners later.
The OAMPS Insurance Brokers-backed Richards finished fourth ahead of arguably the best debut performer so far this round in Dean Fiore in a Sonic Motor Racing Porsche supported by Landscape Developments.
In a day of drama for Washington, who must have walked under a ladder this morning, a second lap incident with Freestone into the turn eight sweeper continued his misfortune. The Adelaide youngster was able to continue to finish 19th however Freestone's damage forced him to retire.
In the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge 'race-within-a-race' for privateer drivers over 30 years of age, Rodney Jane took the honours in race one from John Kaias and Dean Grant. In race two, Dean Grant returned to the top spot from Jane and Tony Quinn.
Race three in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be held tomorrow to conclude the opening round of the season.
The next stop for the Porsches is Melbourne next week for the Foster's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, a non championship round for Carrera Cup Australia.