Davison forces way past Richards for Creek win Aussie international beats local champion in opening race Australian international Alex Davison has taken victory in the first race of round nine of the Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek Raceway. The...
Davison forces way past Richards for Creek win
Aussie international beats local champion in opening race
Australian international Alex Davison has taken victory in the first race of round nine of the Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek Raceway.
The 24-year-old, who is guest driving in the #66 Greg Murphy Racing Team Braun machine normally driven by Peter Hill, started from second on the grid, though was forced to charge past Jim Richards on lap nine of 11 to take the lead.
Richards ran wide at turn one, allowing Davison to charge up the inside into the left hander at turn two and muscle his way through into the lead. He went on to win from Richards and Matt Coleman.
"He (Richards) definitely didn't make it easy, but at the end of the day, both cars came out of the corner with all four wheels attached," said Davison, who has raced in the German Carrera Cup for the past four seasons.
"The aim this weekend is to win all three races but it's been a bit harder than at the Australian Grand Prix (where Davison won all three support races at Albert Park). It's still fun to race against guys like Jim, Tim and Marcus Marshall."
The win was the first for Greg Murphy Racing Team Braun in the 2003 Carrera Cup. Tim Leahey, who started from pole for today's race but spun while leading on lap four, won the Darwin round earlier in the year, but did so without winning one of the three races.
Leahey, from Orange in New South Wales, led Richards and Davison in the early going, though spun out of the lead at the beginning of lap four, dropping many places in the field.
A fired up Leahey carved his way back through to fifth place at race's end.
Richards took second spot and, even though he has already sealed the 2003 championship, couldn't do anything about getting back in front of Davison.
"I just had to ease the throttle through turn one when I had a little slide and I covered the corner as quick as I could but he was already there!" said Richards.
Matt Coleman had a lonely race in the #62 Lexmark Porsche, sealing a fine third place behind Davison and Richards and ahead of Kiwi Kevin Bell and Leahey.
"It was a bit of a lonely race but we've sorted out a problem we've had with the left rear shock at the last few rounds and the car is a lot better."
Not so happy was VIP Petfoods Racing driver Marcus Marshall, who started from fifth on the grid. The Queenslander couldn't engage second gear as he powered off the grid and subsequently dropped way back in the pack.
He fought back through, only to run off the road at turn one while avoiding a slightly slower-than-expected Coleman and run through the dirt. He was able to recover to eighth place.
"I would have hit him so I steered right and it understeered off the road," said the 25-year-old, who has sealed the Rookie of the Year championship.
Peter Fitzgerald was also another driver to encounter problems, the ENJO-backed driver receiving a drive-through penalty for a jump start infringement. He eventually finished 14th.
Gold Coaster Klark Quinn finished sixth ahead of fellow young gun Jonathon Webb, with Marshall, James Dutton and Rodney Jane rounding out the top 10.
After Russell Wright's accident in this afternoon's qualifying session, his Team Terrier team-mate Jack Crocker was a non-starter in today's race.
Tomorrow's races will be held at 9.50am and 12.35pm to round out the nine-round Carrera Cup championship with the official prize-giving ceremony to be held at Porsche Centre South Sydney tomorrow evening.
Carrera Cup, Round 9, Race 1 Results (11 laps)
1. Alex Davison, 2. Jim Richards, 3. Matt Coleman, 4. Kevin Bell, 5. Tim Leahey, 6. Klark Quinn, 7. Jonathon Webb, 8. Marcus Marshall, 9. James Dutton, 10. Rodney Jane, 11. Paul Pedersen, 12. Dean Cook, 13. Dean Grant, 14. Peter Fitzgerald, 15. Stephen Borness, 16. Greg Keene, 17. Chris Seidler, 18. John Teulan, 19. Scott Shearman, 20. Roger Oakeshott, DNF, Tony Quinn, DNF. Geoff Morgan, DNS. Jack Crocker, DNS. Russell Wright.
Fastest lap -- Alex Davison, 1m35.9230s on lap six (new lap record)