AARON CARATTI WINS CARRERA CUP RACE ONE AT WAKEFIELD PARK Aaron Caratti (Parklands on Bertram) has claimed his second ever Carrera Cup race victory after taking out Race One at Wakefield Park in Goulburn this afternoon. The Perth based driver...
AARON CARATTI WINS CARRERA CUP RACE ONE AT WAKEFIELD PARK
Aaron Caratti (Parklands on Bertram) has claimed his second ever Carrera Cup race victory after taking out Race One at Wakefield Park in Goulburn this afternoon.
The Perth based driver led the 18 lap race from start to finish, beating home the second placed Dean Fiore (Complispace/Advance Energy) with Craig Baird (ACER/Leading Solutions) in third.
Bryce Washington (ADRAD) was fourth while Barton Mawer (No Fear) was fifth -- his best ever Carrera Cup finish.
Canberra's James Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets) took the win for the Pilatus Challenge (a championship-within-a-championship for non-professional drivers over the age of 30) with his 10th placed finish, while Max Twigg (Trueloc) was second and Theo Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets) third.
While driving a snarling Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) car is never easy, Caratti was never seriously challenged after starting from pole and leading the field into the first corner.
The same can't be said of his peers however, with fierce battles throughout the entire 20 car field.
Baird started from third spot on the grid and while he leapfrogged Fiore into second spot before the end of lap one Fiore didn't give up.
He pushed the Championship leader for the rest of the race, eventually passing him on lap 15.
Behind the top five were some intriguing battles with James Moffat (Bob Jane T-Marts/Trueline), Rodney Forbes (Jaimie Vedda Racing), David Wall (Shannon's Insurance), Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts) and David Russell (Boom Logistics) fighting manfully for spots six to 10.
The quintet was nose to tail for most of the race, with some sensational passing manoeuvres entwined with cars running wide and off the track.
Moffat, Forbes, Russell, Wall and Koundouris eventually rounded out the top 10, with Jane relegated to 14th after a spin.
But it took off-track excursions from Wall and Jane, some deft passing from Moffat, Forbes and Jane and strategic moves from Russell to finish in that order.
There was action aplenty further down the pack, with the Koundouris brothers battling Jono Lester (Blackwoods/JBS Tools) and Twigg; Daniel Gaunt (Sherrin Rentals) sliced his way through the field before being forced to retire, and Andrew Moffat (V8 Super Loans) and Grant Sherrin (Sherrin Rentals) swapping positions.
But at the front it was all about Caratti and he was happy with the way he drove to victory.
"I was out in front and relatively clear after the first few corners and I just held it," he said.
"The car felt fantastic so I knew that if I was consistent and didn't make mistakes I had the pace to stay out in front.
"Starting well and controlling the race is the way to win them so hopefully I can get a few more of them."
James Koundouris was thrilled to place so highly, especially at his home track.
"The track conditions had changed a little bit since yesterday so the set-up on the car wasn't perfect, but it was great to finish where I did and it sets me up well for the two races tomorrow," he said.
Mawer was also delighted with his race and is hoping of even better finishes as the weekend progresses.
"I'm more familiar with this track than others so that obviously helps, but I'm happy with my form so far and if I keep it going like this I can hopefully work my way further up the pack," he said.
Round Three of Carrera Cup Australia will be completed on Sunday, with Races Two and Three to be held at 11.10am and 2.15pm respectively.