Richards takes clean sweep on the Mountain Greg Keene uninjured in first lap accident There has been no stopping Jim Richards in round seven of the Carrera Cup at Mount Panorama, after the Bathurst veteran scored a clean-sweep for the weekend by...
Richards takes clean sweep on the Mountain
Greg Keene uninjured in first lap accident
There has been no stopping Jim Richards in round seven of the Carrera Cup at Mount Panorama, after the Bathurst veteran scored a clean-sweep for the weekend by winning today's third and final race.
However, young Queenslander Marcus Marshall beat Richards off the line and led the early stages of the race, which came under the control of the Safety Car when Adelaide driver Greg Keene crashed on the first lap.
The South Australian surgeon lost control of his #8 SportsMed SA Porsche on the run up Mountain Straight, impacting heavily with the concrete wall. Keene was attended to by trackside medical officials though was uninjured in the crash.
From the lap four restart Richards menaced the back of Marshall's car, slipstreaming past down Con-Rod Straight though he ran wide through the tight left hander at Caltex Chase.
That forced Marshall to run into the grass and lose time, though he held onto second, following Richards home at the end of the eight lap race.
Race officials will be investigating the incident, with a hearing to be held prior to the next round of the series at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast in two weeks time.
As an indication of his sheer speed, Richards broke Marshall's lap record set yesterday, lowering the Carrera Cup mark down to a 2m13.8131s.
Richards won the round, his fifth win from seven rounds, while Marshall was second for the round and retains that place in the championship chase.
Peter Fitzgerald finished fifth in today's race, the result good enough to place the ENJO driver in third place for the round. The Melbourne-based veteran retains his strong third in the championship, which has two rounds remaining on the Gold Coast and at Eastern Creek.
Marshall's VIP Petfoods team-mate Tony Quinn had his best result of the season, finishing third in today's event and fifth for the round.
He spent the majority of the race dicing with his 21-year-old son Klark, (#23 Pioneer/RT Motorsport car) who finished today in fourth place. The result put him fourth for the round, a phenomenal result considering Bathurst was only his second drive in the Carrera Cup.
A marvellous drive from Matt Coleman netted him sixth spot in today's race, a superb fight back from his accident in the last round of the series at Sandown.
Coleman and his team were forced to build up a new car in less than four weeks to make this round and were rewarded with eighth place for the round.
The 30-year-old did a large amount of the work himself, with assistance from Peter Fitzgerald's team and the generosity of a whole host of other team and drivers, who have pledged some $30,000 to assist his rebuild work.
A non-starter in today's race was Kiwi Kevin Bell. After hitting the wall exiting the Chase yesterday, his International Motorsport NZ team, in conjunction with the NRMA Smash Repair Team, had repaired the damage to his car, only to find two cracks in the gearbox casing, prompting the Christchurch-based driver to become a spectator.
His NZ team-mate Paul Pedersen took seventh today, holding off a charging Jonathon Webb and Tim Leahey, who started 13th in the order. Scott Shearman again finished 10th as he did in Saturday's six-lapper, with 25 of the 26 starters finishing the race.
The Carrera Cup moves to the Gold Coast for its next round at the Lexmark Indy 300 on October 23-26, with the final round at Eastern Creek in late-November.
Carrera Cup, Round 7, Race 3 Results (8 laps)
1. Jim Richards, 2. Marcus Marshall, 3. Tony Quinn, 4. Klark Quinn, 5. Peter Fitzgerald, 6. Matt Coleman, 7. Paul Pedersen, 8. Jonathon Webb, 9. Tim Leahey, 10. Scott Shearman, 11. Andrew Miedecke, 12. Geoff Morgan, 13. Charlie O'Brien, 14. Dean Grant, 15. Chris Seidler, 16. Russell Wright, 17. Jack Crocker, 18. Rodney Jane, 19. Peter Hill, 20. Andrew Bagnall, 21. Andrew Taplin, 22. Dean Cook, 23. Stephen Borness, 24. John Teulan, 25. Roger Oakeshott, DNF. Greg Keene, DNS. Kevin Bell.
Fastest Lap -- Jim Richards (2m13.8131s on lap 7 -- NEW LAP RECORD)
Points after round seven:
1. Richards 1143, 2. Marshall 930, 3. Fitzgerald 837, 4. Leahey 663, 5. Bell 615, 6. Pedersen 489, 7. Coleman 450, 8. Webb 390, 9. T.Quinn 357, 10. Miedecke 318.