FREESTONE WINS ROUND 2 OF THE TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE Melbourne driver Paul Freestone claimed the honours in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge during Round 2 of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Wakefield Park near Goulburn on the...
FREESTONE WINS ROUND 2 OF THE TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE
Melbourne driver Paul Freestone claimed the honours in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge during Round 2 of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Wakefield Park near Goulburn on the weekend.
Consistency over all three races yesterday proved the key for Freestone, supported by Star Track Express, in his pursuit of victory in the award category for amateur privateer drivers over 30 years of age.
The 52-year-old in his third season of Carrera Cup racing was the highest placed privateer driver in race two, and finished second in the other two races.
Race one saw the first compulsory pit stop in Carrera Cup's international history, and the major beneficiary in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge was ROOCK Racing's Ash Samadi.
The 36-year-old Sydney competitor was given a great pit stop from his ROOCK Racing crew and took the 20-lap win from Freestone with reigning champion Dean Grant (Hankook Motorsport) in third.
The second race only a few hours later over 16 laps saw Freestone set up his round win with a race win, seven seconds ahead of first-year driver John Kaias (Abcor) with Samadi placing third.
The all-important final race proved a return to the front-end of the privateer pack for Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts).
The recently-married Porsche racer was marred by pit stop dramas in race one and a DNF in race two before charging through the field to take the final race victory. Freestone was second and Kaias placed third.
After the three races, Freestone came out on top to take the round win in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge from Samadi in second and Kaias in third.
In the overall race after two rounds, two-time TAG Heuer champion Grant sits at the top on 300 points from Kaias on 258 points, Jane on 255 points, Samadi on 222 points and Freestone closing the gap on 210 points.
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 Hidden Valley in Darwin, Round 3 of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, from June 30 to July 2.