TRIPLE TITLE CHASE FOR GRANT Two-time champion Dean Grant has used his trademark consistent racing to give him the edge in round one of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this weekend. The TAG Heuer Carrera...
TRIPLE TITLE CHASE FOR GRANT
Two-time champion Dean Grant has used his trademark consistent racing to give him the edge in round one of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this weekend.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge is an award for privateer drivers aged 30 years or older racing in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
Grant's fortunes were helped by the requirement of his main rival Rodney Jane to start from the rear of grid in race three for needing to use over his allotment of eight Michelin tyres for the round.
Jane, the Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Sonic Motor Racing driver, was ahead of Grant on points coming into the final race but could not make up the grid position deficit on Grant in race three.
Grant continued the form which took him to two consecutive titles in 2004 and 2005 to open his 2006 account in style from Jane with newcomer John Kaias finishing third overall.
After heading the qualifying list in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge, Jane won the battle in race one on Saturday. The 33-year-old placed ahead of Kaias with Grant hitting the checkered flag in third.
It was not a good start for Tony Quinn and Paul Freestone who both did not finish after a lap eight incident between the two privateer Porsches.
Later in the day, Grant returned to the top of the privateer list with a finish four seconds ahead of Jane.
Quinn made up plenty of spots after starting near rear of grid to finish third, with Cini and Kaias also finishers.
ROOCK Racing's Ash Samadi damaged a drive shaft on the warm-up lap and could not greet the starter. Freestone suffered his second DNF in as many races following an incident with South Australia's Bryce Washington.
The third and final race today saw Grant lead home Quinn and Freestone, and claim the opening round win as part of his triple title chase.
The top three drivers in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge at the end of the season will all win a prized TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.
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.
ROUND 1 POINTS
1.D Grant 168
2.R Jane 141
3.J Kaias 126
4.M Cini 108
5.T Quinn 102