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Davison Wins, McConville and Grove Claim Albert Park Honours

McConville, Grove win round two at Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Alex Davison has overcome a slow start to his Albert Park campaign to claim his first win of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season in Sunday’s race four, while Cam McConville and Stephen Grove were the ultimate round winners at the popular Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix event.

Starting on pole position, McConville took the early race lead however Davison gained the upper hand on lap four, moving through to the lead of the race and ultimately claimed the race win – his 45th Carrera Cup victory and 12th at the Albert Park circuit.

Davison struggled earlier in the weekend after a poor qualifying performance, however he was happy to show his true pace and eventually finish on the round podium.

“Obviously we had some work to do after a poor qualifying, which was disappointing because I knew eighth place didn’t reflect our true pace. I tried to battle through the first two races without taking too many risks and luckily got myself onto the front row for the last race. The car was pretty quick in the opening two races however, for the last two races, the car was the best 991 GT3 Cup car I’ve ever driven,” said Davison.

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McConville Claims Maiden Win in Hard-fought Race Three

McConville and Grove take Saturday victories at Albert Park

Cam McConville has added his name to the list of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia race winners following an impressive performance in Saturday’s race three at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, while Stephen Grove continued his TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge winning streak.

Starting third on the grid, McConville moved by Andre Heimgartner to place second by the opening corner before taking the race lead from Nick McBride moments later at turn nine.

From there, McConville built an unassailable lead to claim his first race win in the Porsche championship, moving him to third in the standings.

“I’m absolutely stoked with my first Carrera Cup win, particularly for the Zagame Motorsport team. Putting this team together was relatively last minute; we started back in November so to get a race win in round two is amazing. This championship is all about the first three laps and the car was great so I took advantage while I could,” said McConville.

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McBride and Grove Strike Again with Race Two Wins

Race one winners continue fine form in Friday’s race two

Nick McBride has continued his dominance of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s Albert Park round, leading home his teammate to the chequered flag in Friday’s race two, while Stephen Grove was unchallenged to the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge class win.

Following McBride’s impressive Thursday performance – pole position and race one victory – the local driver led from the start of race two, holding off fellow Sonic Motor Racing driver Andre Heimgartner to the finish line over the fast paced 10 lap race.

Following a difficult opening round in Adelaide, Friday’s victory promoted McBride to third in the standings behind Heimgartner and David Wall.

“It’s a great result for the team because Rod, the owner of Bob Jane T-Marts, is out here today along with a lot of the Bob Jane T-Marts team so it’s really good to put on a good show for them,” said McBride.

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McBride, Grove strike early at Albert Park

Exciting opener for 100th Carrera Cup round

Nick McBride has bounced back from a horrid season opener in Adelaide to win race one at the 100th round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship, held at Albert Park, while Stephen Grove claimed the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge class victory after capitalising on a late error by an experienced rival.

McBride proved his superior pace in qualifying, taking the TAG Heuer Pole Position from his teammate Andre Heimgartner and young gun Dylan O’Keeffe.

The Melbourne driver then held the lead from the start of the opening race and managed to hold Heimgartner at bay for the entire 10-lap race, leading home a stunning one-two victory for the Sonic Motor Racing Porsches, something that the team narrowly missed out on in Adelaide.

“It’s been a great day, especially coming from Adelaide where I unfortunately spun out in race one; I was really sorry to the guys because it’s not every day that you’re running one-two in such a competitive championship. This is a great result for the team and one they deserve,” said McBride.

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Century Milestone for Popular Porsche series

Australia’s fastest one-make series hits 100 rounds at Albert Park

Thirteen seasons, 294 races, 3775 laps with a combined 13,598km of Porsche one-make racing: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will this weekend celebrate a remarkable milestone – its 100th round – at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Having held a successful opening round at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 in early March, the premium one-make championship will now return to Albert Park with an expanded 16-car line-up for the milestone event.

The series has come a long way since its first appearance Down Under at the 2003 Australian Grand Prix – a non-championship round – before it officially kicked-off at Phillip Island a month later.

Over the past 99 rounds, there have been 28 individual round winners, 35 race winners and 50 drivers who have stood on the Carrera Cup podium. Eight drivers have been crowned the outright Carrera Cup champion, with five-time winner Craig Baird the only multiple champion. Meanwhile the series’ semi-professional class, which was introduced in 2004, has featured seven champions; Dean Grant, Rodney Jane and Max Twigg the only multiple class winners.

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Heimgartner Edges Out Wall for Adelaide Honours

Heimgartner and Wall Exit Adelaide with Joint Series Lead

Andre Heimgartner has marked his return to the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer championship in the best possible way at the Adelaide season opener, taking race three victory and the ultimate round win.

The New Zealander followed his previous first and third place finishes from the opening two races to take a 0.4secs win in the final race over David Wall, who himself claimed race two victory and two second places.

The battle at the front ultimately saw Heimgartner and Wall finish equal on 168 points, however, Heimgartner’s higher position in the final race elevated him to the top of the round podium.

“It was a pretty interesting weekend. It was nice to enjoy my racing again and go out there and be competitive,” said Heimgartner.

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Wall Wins Eventful Race Two in Adelaide

David Wall Takes Race Win and Series Lead

David Wall has continued his strong start to the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer season with victory in Saturday’s race two in Adelaide, moving to the top of the series standings.

An impressive race two start allowed Wall to lead into the opening chicane before the Sydneysider built a strong lead, which he maintained until the finish of the eventful 20 lap race.

After finishing second in Friday’s race one, Saturday’s win places Wall in the lead of the championship standings entering the final day of the opening round.

“I was very happy with my start in race two. The car was okay during the race; the track definitely changed compared to yesterday, as it normally does here, so we’ll tune up the car a little bit again for tomorrow’s race. It’s a great way to start the championship and I can’t wait for tomorrow and hopefully remain at the front,” said Wall.

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Kiwi Newcomers Star in Adelaide Opener

Andre Heimgartner Wins, Jaxon Evans Third in Race One

Andre Heimgartner has taken victory in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer race of the season upon his return to the competitive one-make series, while rookie Jaxon Evans impressed with a top-three result on debut.

Heimgartner claimed the TAG Heuer Pole Position earlier in the day and gained the race one lead at the opening chicane after entering the corner side-by-side with his teammate Nick McBride.

The 21-year-old New Zealander then held the front position from McBride until the second-placed racer spun on lap 13 and dropped down the order to eighth after sustaining rear end damage.

Thursday pace-setter David Wall then pressured Heimgartner for the lead in the closing laps in what was his 100th Carrera Cup race; however Heimgartner was able to hold off the charging Wall to take the chequered flag by just 0.16secs for his first Carrera Cup win.

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Porsche Competition Heats Up in Adelaide

David Wall Fastest in Opening Round Practice

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer began its 2017 season with opening practice at the Clipsal 500 where David Wall overcame stifling conditions to set the pace early.

As the temperature soared into the mid-30s, Alex Davison was the quickest in opening practice before Wall topped the second session on a cleaner, faster surface.

Wall finished the day with a best time of 1:22.7133 from Nick McBride, Alex Davison and returning racer Andre Heimgartner in fourth.

“I was happy with the car in the second session and my pace at this stage of the weekend. We probably have some pace up our sleeve, but I’m sure others aren’t 100 percent satisfied with what they did either,” said Wall.

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Competitive Porsche Field Highlights Adelaide Opener

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Returns for 13th Season

A tremendous line-up of sports car racers will highlight this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer championship as the one-make series returns to Adelaide this weekend to commence its 13th season ‘down under’.

With series champion Matt Campbell stepping up to Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, many of the championship’s best performing racers from 2016 have returned with the goal of adding their name to the Carrera Cup honour roll.

Alex Davison, who was runner-up to Campbell in 2016, lines up as the only former series champion – winning the title in 2004 – while former race winners David Wall and Nick McBride return having placed third and fourth, respectively, last season.

McBride also enters the opening event as the defending round winner, while Michael Almond returns having claimed his maiden Carrera Cup win on home turf in Adelaide last season.

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Kiwi Ace Makes Carrera Cup Return

Heimgartner to Contest Porsche Series After Supercars Stint

Five seasons ago, a teenage Andre Heimgartner was barely old enough to steer a road car when he became the youngest ever driver to compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

This weekend, the now-21-year-old returns to the Porsche championship with more experience and greater expectations as he lines up in the 2015 title winning 911 GT3 Cup car.

Heimgartner entered the 2012 Carrera Cup season aged just 16 years and 8 months, becoming the youngest driver to race in the championship – eclipsing the previous record set by Jonathon Webb, who was 19 years and 4 months for his 2003 debut.

Heimgartner made immediate impact, placing fourth in his debut race in Adelaide and ultimately finished the season seventh outright. The New Zealander was also the Carrera Cup Australia representative at the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme shootout Vallelunga, Italy, later in the season.

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TAG Heuer Extends Strengthened Carrera Cup Partnership

Swiss Watchmaker Begins 2017 as Adelaide Event Partner

Porsche Cars Australia and TAG Heuer are delighted to announce the continuation of their long-standing partnership, with TAG Heuer as the Official Watch of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship for the next two seasons, kicking off as the series’ Event Partner at this weekend’s Clipsal 500.

The iconic Porsche series will feature the Swiss watchmaker on the windscreen of every Carrera Cup car in Adelaide, along with continuing as the naming rights partner for many of the series’ properties – Pole Position Award, Fastest Lap Award, In-Car Camera and the Elite Class.

TAG Heuer will also continue to award a selection of timepieces from its Carrera range to the best performing Carrera Cup drivers at the conclusion of each season. The brand awarded eight watches to Carrera Cup drivers at the 2016 Awards Night with a combined retail value close to $70,000.

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Davison Returns for Carrera Cup Title Tilt

Championship runner-up plans to go one better in 2017

Former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion and reigning runner-up Alex Davison is eager to go one better this season when lining up for new Porsche team, President Limo Racing.

Following the departure of series champion Matt Campbell to Europe, the Queensland-based Davison returns as one of the firm favourites to claim the 2017 title, 13 years after he was last crowned Carrera Cup champion.

Davison enters this weekend’s Clipsal 500 as one of two winners of the Adelaide round in the field – Davison won on the parklands circuit in 2012 while Nick McBride enters the event as defending round winner.

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Carrera Cup goes presidential

President Limo Australia: Official Limousine Service Provider
President Limo Australia is the latest premium brand to officially partner the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

The professional transfer specialist has signed on as the Official Limousine Service Provider to the Porsche championship for 2017 and will feature branding on all Porsche 911 race cars in this year’s championship, starting at this weekend’s season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

The partnership will also see President Limo Australia become the exclusive limousine service provider to Porsche Cars Australia for its motorsport events – both for Carrera Cup and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series.

President Limo Australia Director, Mark Kenyeres, is pleased to expand his involvement in Carrera Cup, in which the brand will also support the #888 and #88 Porsche entries of Alex Davison and Dylan O’Keeffe, repectively.

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Experienced Duo Heads New Porsche Team

Mcconville, Almond Lead New Team into Carrera Cup Battle

Experienced sports car racers Cam McConville and Michael Almond will reunite this season to represent the newly formed Zagame Motorsport in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship.

The duo were team-mates for the opening three rounds of the 2015 Carrera Cup season and now rekindle the partnership with the new Melbourne based outfit.

For McConville, the road back to the Carrera Cup championship has been a season-and-a-half in the making, in which time he has established Zagame Motorsport, which will compete in several series including Carrera Cup and the feeder Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series.

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Front-running Goal for Porsche Young Gun

Dylan O’Keeffe Hopes to Build on Promising Carrera Cup Results

Melbourne teenager Dylan O’Keeffe is eager to become a regular front-runner in what will be an ultra-competitive 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season.

Having moved into Carrera Cup from Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in 2016, O’Keeffe spent last year building his racing experience in the 911 GT3 Cup as well as gaining valuable track time on Carrera Cup’s unique race calendar.

O’Keeffe’s results were promising: after finishing runner-up in the 2015 GT3 Cup Challenge season, the 19-year-old placed 10th in last season’s Carrera Cup standings, finishing with 12 top-10 results from the final 15 races, along with a season-best result of fourth in Darwin.
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Johnson Joins Porsche as DSA

Steve Johnson Recruited as Porsche Driving Standards Adviser

Australian touring car ace Steven Johnson has been recruited by Porsche to serve as the Driving Standards Adviser across Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in 2017.

The new appointment will see Johnson replace Craig Baird in the role after the latter accepted the same position within the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The vastly experienced Johnson entered top-level motorsport in 1998 and has since contested 13 consecutive full-time Australian Touring Car/Supercars Championships (2000-2012) and, more recently, raced in the popular Touring Car Masters championship.

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Evans Moves to Title Winning Seat in 2017

GT3 Cup Challenge Runner-up Confirms Carrera Cup Campaign

New Zealand born, Gold Coast based racer Jaxon Evans is the latest young gun to join the country’s premier one-make series, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, following two seasons in the feeder Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia category.

Having finished a close runner-up in last season’s GT3 Cup Challenge series, Evans will now follow in the footsteps of another young Porsche star, Matt Campbell, when entering the 2017 Carrera Cup season and stepping into Campbell’s title winning McElrea Racing 911 GT3 Cup car.

The 20-year-old Evans is the latest drivers to ascend the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, joining the likes of Campbell, Fraser Ross, Dylan O’Keeffe and James Abela as a driver to enter Carrera Cup having gained experience behind the wheel of a race-bred 911 in the GT3 Cup Challenge series.

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Father-son Team Set for 2017 Porsche Campaign

Grove Group to Contest Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge

The Groves are a Porsche family… now more so than ever.

Popular Porsche driver Stephen Grove has raced with the sports car brand since 2011, starting in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia before moving to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2012.

Grove has experienced much throughout his six years in Porsche one-make series, highlighted by his 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge title victory and becoming the first Challenge ranked driver to win a single-driver Carrera Cup race when taking the chequered flag at the Carrera Cup Asia & Australia Class B battle in Sydney.

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Triple champion returns to Carrera Cup

Max Twigg returns to top-tier Porsche championship

Three time TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge champion Max Twigg will return to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2017 with the intent to reclaim his class crown.

While not competing full-time in Carrera Cup since 2013, Twigg has contested several Pro-Am and one-off events over the past three seasons, which has seen Stephen Grove, Shane Smollen and Tony Bates claim respective class titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Twigg holds an enviable Carrera Cup record since his series debut at Bathurst, 2006, accruing 13 round wins and 46 race wins in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge ranks from 133 race starts across 47 rounds.

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Carrera Cup introduced Endurance Cup in 2017

Porsche confirms more race laps at premium events

This year’s Porsche Carrera Cup Australia drivers will have a long-distance fight on their hands when battling for the 2017 Endurance Cup.

The new initiative will see the Carrera Cup championship complete one longer distance race, in addition to two regular sprint races, at three of the season’s marquee events – the Wilson Security Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600.

As a true test of the drivers’ endurance, there will be no co-drivers used for these races, so drivers will need to be prepared to last the distance – approximately double that of the series’ regular sprint races. The Endurance Cup will not only provide drivers more racing laps at iconic events, but also provide increased opportunity for valuable exposure at the traditionally popular Supercars Championship endurance rounds.

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Kiwi racer joins 2017 Carrera Cup grid

Simon Ellingham graduates to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2017

New Zealand sports car racer Simon Ellingham will contest the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship with reigning Teams Champion, McElrea Racing.

The 24-year-old, a former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and Australian GT driver, will campaign the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car raced by Duvashen Padayachee for the past three Carrera Cup seasons.

Ellingham, a former New Zealand Endurance Series champion, tested his new race-bred 911 at Queensland Raceway last week and is excited by the challenge that awaits him in Australia’s premier one-make series.

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