TONY QUINN GETS THE WIN IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE AUSTRALIA SERIES OPENER TONY QUINN gave up full-time Porsche racing just a few seasons ago - but it didn't take long for that winning feeling to come back on his return. The Queenslander...
TONY QUINN GETS THE WIN IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE AUSTRALIA SERIES OPENER
TONY QUINN gave up full-time Porsche racing just a few seasons ago - but it didn't take long for that winning feeling to come back on his return.
The Queenslander took out race one of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series at Mount Panorama today after earlier taking a commanding pole position during qualifying.
Quinn (VIP Petfoods Porsche 996 Gt3 Cup Car) had a race long battle with the 997 Trophy Class car of Nathan Caratti and took the win - and the fastest lap - in a shortened six lap race that featured one early safety car period after an opening lap shunt.
Comeback driver Matt Kingsley - who was making his first race start after a massive crash at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide when driving a V8 Ute last year - qualified a brilliant third on his Porsche debut but managed to move only a few centimeters from his starting spot before suspected clutch problems left his car without drive and at the mercy of the 42-car grid bearing down on him.
Sven Burchartz managed to take avoiding action but not so lucky was Max Twigg, who hit the back of Kingsley's Porsche ending both races on the spot.
"I got five centimeters and then I had nothing, no drive and no gears, nothing," said a bitterly disappointed Kingsley.
"It's obviously very disappointing given this is my first race back. It was all going really well before that and we were working our way back into it. We'll strip the car down tonight and see what needs repairing - hopefully we can get back out tomorrow."
Twigg, too, will be assessing the damage to the front of his True-loc supported 996 GT3 Cup Car.
"I got the best start I'd had for ages, it hooked up brilliantly," said the Victorian.
"I saw Sven take some action but kept going straight and there was Kingsley. I had nowhere to go and hit him. We'll check the damage and see if we can get back out tomorrow."
Whilst there were some hard luck cases up front, some were able to use the drama to advance their position ahead of tomorrow's two races that complete the round.
Paul Bollinowsky started eighth and finished sixth, Mark Krashos jumped from 10th to 7th and Brad Rankin made up four places, finishing eighth after a 11th place effort in qualifying. Brad Rankin was another to leap into the top ten.
In the 944 Challenge, 17 year old Justin Tate fought out a close battle with Sean Carter and withheld the attack to take out the ‘race within a race' today.
Earlier in the day Walter Epple, all the way from Perth, had a crash at the top of Mount Panorama in practice this morning and will be an unfortunate withdrawal from the remainder of the round.
Races two and three will be held tomorrow.