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Carrera Cup Heads to Unpredictable Albert Park for Round Two

Fresh from success in the opening round of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia, round one winner Jaxon Evans and TAG Heuer Pro-Am leader Roger Lago are ready to continue their momentum into round two of the championship at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Michelin Junior driver Evans won two of the three races in Adelaide to establish himself as the early benchmark in season 2018, while Lago swept to three victories from three starts in his return to the series to build a strong early lead in the Pro-Am class.

However, continuing their strong form into the second round of the championship is likely to be a challenge given the unpredictable nature of Carrera Cup racing at the home of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix where five different drivers have won the last five rounds.

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Queensland Racers Shine with Adelaide Round Victory

A near-perfect performance by Jaxon Evans at the Adelaide 500 has handed the Michelin Junior victory in the opening round of the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia season, while a TAG Heuer Pro-Am clean sweep saw Roger Lago visit the top step of the round podium upon his return to the championship.

Evans entered Sunday’s race three with a second and first placing across the opening two races, and a dominant performance in the final race ensured the young Queensland based New Zealander secured both race three victory and the round win.

The race was interrupted early by the safety car, called to the circuit after Leanne Tander hit the turn eight barrier. Evans then remained at the front from the restart to ultimately take a 1.2-second victory from reigning champion David Wall and local driver Michael Almond in third.

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Evans and Lago Claim Race Two Honours at the Adelaide 500

After narrowly missing victory in Friday’s opening race, Jaxon Evans has taken the race two win of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia at the Adelaide 500, while Roger Lago continued at the front of the TAG Heuer Pro-Am field.

Evans started second on the grid alongside race one winner Dale Wood and gained the lead into the opening corner. From there, Evans was able to build a gap to his rivals and manage the lead to second placed David Wall until the chequered flag.

Dylan O’Keeffe was able to avoid an oversteering Wood at the opening chicane to settle into the race in third position, where he remaining for the entire 15 lap race.

Fourth position was determined in the closing stages of the race after James Moffat was overtaken by local Michael Almond on the final corner of the final lap. Moffat placed fifth from Jordan Love, race one winner Wood and Cameron Wood in eighth.

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Wood and Lago Victorious in Adelaide Season Opener

Newcomer Dale Wood has taken victory in the opening race of the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia season in Adelaide, while an impressive eighth place outright has handed Roger Lago the top spot in the TAG Heuer Pro-Am class.

The former Supercars driver qualified in second place alongside pole-sitter Jaxon Evans and was the first to the opening corner. From there, Wood maintained the lead until the chequered flag despite late pressure in the closing laps from Evans.

Evans finished second from fellow series young gun Dylan O’Keeffe and reigning champion David Wall in fourth.

James Moffat’s return to the series saw the Supercars race winner claim fifth outright, a decade after he last raced at the Adelaide circuit in a Porsche, from the two Bob Jane T-Marts Porsches of local racer Michael Almond and reigning GT3 Cup Challenge champion Jordan Love.

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Carrera Cup Kick Starts 2018 Season at the Adelaide 500

Season 2018 of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship has officially started on the streets of Adelaide. At the head of a field of brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, McElrea Racing duo Jaxon Evans and Anthony Gilbertson set the pace in the Pro and TAG Heuer Pro-Am classes.

Young gun Evans started the season where he left off in 2017, posting the fastest time of the two Thursday practice sessions. The Queensland based New Zealander was the winner of the 2017 season finale on the Gold Coast before returning for his second season in the one-make championship, setting the pace in the opening day of the season.

The performance follows Evans inclusion in the four-driver Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia within Carrera Cup, which will see the young driver battle for a spot in the 2018 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout in Europe later in the season.

Evans’ best time of 1:21.6986 was 0.24secs ahead of his closest class rival, local racer and practice one pacesetter Michael Almond and former Supercars drivers Dale Wood and James Moffat; all drivers in the top four posting their best time on their final lap of the day.

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Tander Completes Record Carrera Cup Field in Adelaide

In just three days 26 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will roll out for opening practice to kick-start what will be Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia’s largest on-track presence at the Adelaide 500.

This year’s 26 Carrera Cup entries will surpass the championship’s previous record field in Adelaide, which saw 23 cars line up for the 2014 season opener. The record field will feature 13 Pro and 13 TAG Heuer Pro-Am drivers on the grid for Carrera Cup’s 315th, 316th and 317th race at its 12th visit to the iconic Adelaide street circuit.

One late change to the driver line-up has seen Alex Davison vacate his #888 entry for the opening round due to his soon-to-be-announced driving commitments, making way for a newcomer and former Formula Ford champion, Leanne Tander.

Tander will make a one-off appearance in the Porsche championship before Davison returns for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, getting her first taste of the new 911 GT3 Cup last weekend at a Sandown test session.

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TAG Heuer Pro-Am field Set for 2018 Carrera Cup Championship

TAG Heuer Pro-Am field set for 2018 Carrera Cup championship

This season’s TAG Heuer Pro-Am field will be one of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship’s most competitive since the series’ 2003 introduction.

Carrera Cup’s class for semi-professional drivers will consist of 13 racers, creating a 50/50 split between the Pro and TAG Heuer Pro-Am classes, for which all but one driver has previous Carrera Cup experience.

Headlining the 2018 driver line-up is returning champion Stephen Grove, one season after the Victorian claimed his second TAG Heuer Pro-Am title.

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New Carrera Cup Racers Arrive in Australia

25 brand new 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991.II) race cars were unloaded from shipping containers last weekend, uniting with the sole second generation 991-series GT3 Cup car which has been in the country since mid-2017.

Each Carrera Cup team will now perform their own pre-season testing programme ahead of the season-opening Adelaide 500 on March 1-4, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have all 26 911 GT3 Cup cars in the country and starting the process of delivering these race cars for some eager race teams and drivers,” said Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Troy Bundy.

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Moffat Returns to Carrera Cup in 2018

Supercars ace James Moffat will return to Porsche racing in 2018.

Moffat will join an expanded Wall Racing outfit for the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship, which includes reigning series champion David Wall and returning Pro-Am racer Greg Taylor.

Moffat placed third in the 2008 Carrera Cup Australia series before a two-year stint in Super2 and seven years in the top-flight Supercars Championship.

“It’s great to finally confirm that I’ll be racing with Wall Racing in the 2018 Carrera Cup championship. Last year with David (Wall) they proved they are more than capable of competing for not only race wins but also championships, so it exciting to be joining the team. It’s been 10 years since I last raced in Carrera Cup, so I’m eager to get out there and experience the cars again and see what we can achieve on track throughout the year,” said Moffat.

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Olympian racer confirmed for Carrera Cup

Dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist John Steffensen has confirmed his entry into next season’s Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship, announced in Newcastle today.

Steffensen impressed in his rookie motor racing season in the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series, ultimately finishing eighth in the outright standings.

Following his maiden Porsche season, Steffensen’s move to Carrera Cup follows the well-worn path of drivers using GT3 Cup Challenge as a stepping stone to Australia’s pinnacle one-make sports car series. Such drivers include young guns Jaxon Evans, Dylan O’Keeffe and, most notably, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race winner, international Porsche Junior Matt Campbell.

Steffensen’s confirmation to the Carrera Cup series was part of the launch of a new Supercars Championship and Carrera Cup team, 23Red Racing, owned by Phil Munday and Lucas Dumbrell and managed by former Carrera Cup front-runner, Cam McConville.

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McBride and Grove win round, Davison dominates enduro opener

Endurance Cup debuts with successful Sandown event

Alex Davison has dominated the opening Endurance Cup race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season to conclude the Sandown Raceway event, as Nick McBride and Stephen Grove were the ultimate round victors.

Placing third and second in Saturday’s two races, Davison moved into the lead early in the 24-lap endurance race and pulled away to ultimately claim a five-second victory from teammates Andre Heimgartner and McBride, who held Jaxon Evans at bay after a challenge for position in the final laps.

McBride’s third place secured him his second round victory in what was his 30th Carrera Cup round start, with the Melbourne based racer thrilled to star at his home event.

“It’s been a long time since my last round win. I was disappointed at the Grand Prix where I was equal on points but was relegated to second, so this feels pretty special,” said McBride.

“The car has been really strong from practice one this weekend. Overall it’s been a really positive weekend and a big thanks to the team who has helped turn around what has been a bit of a form slump over the previous two rounds.”

Davison’s race three victory placed him second for the round ahead of Heimgartner, who stood on the final step of the outright round podium.

Grove, meanwhile, jumped to the lead of the Endurance Cup standing in TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge with class victory in race three.

Grove was third in class for Saturday’s race one and inherited the class win in race two after Tim Miles, along with 10 other drivers, received a five-second time penalty for weaving once the race two safety car had turned off its lights ahead of the restart.

Thereafter Grove was the Challenge pacesetter in the final race to finish on equal round points with Miles by the end of the weekend, though Grove’s race three victory handed him the round win.

“This is normally a good track for me, but I struggled in practice and had a poor qualifying session so to work my way back to win race three is really good,” said Grove. “I’ve just got to continue accruing points and trying to make sure I’m finishing every race for the remainder of the season.”

Miles placed second in class for the weekend from third placed Dean Cook.

Series leader David Wall had a quiet Sandown round, finishing fourth, sixth and sixth in the three races, and takes a 62 point lead into the penultimate round, while McBride’s impressive Sandown performance moved him to second in the standings ahead of Heimgartner in third.

Grove retains his TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge stronghold with two rounds remaining from Marc Cini and Miles.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia returns for the penultimate round of the 2017 season on the first weekend of October at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, to continue its Endurance Cup.

Race 3 Results
1. 888 Alex Davison (Outright) President Limo Australia – 24 laps, 28:36.9556s
2. 777 Andre Heimgartner (Outright) Bob Jane T-Marts/Money Now – 24 laps, 28:42.1860s
3. 77 Nick McBride (Outright) Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts – 24 laps, 28:42.8423s
4. 7 Jaxon Evans (Outright) Hungry Jacks – 24 laps, 28:43.1711s
5. 88 Dylan O’Keeffe (Outright) APB Group/President Limo Australia – 24 laps, 28:44.9421s
6. 38 David Wall (Outright) PAYCE/Wilson Security – 24 laps, 28:45.3272s
7. 5 Cameron McConville (Outright) Repair Management Australia – 24 laps, 28:49.1975s
8. #136 James Abela (Outright) Horsley Park Gun Shop – 24 laps, 29:05.6673s
9. #4 Stephen Grove (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Grove Group – 24 laps, 29:29.8490s
10. #23 Brenton Grove (Outright) Porsche Centre Melbourne – 24 laps, 29:30.6534s
11. #70 Tim Miles (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Miles Advisory Partners – 24 laps, 29:33.9335s
12. #33 Simon Ellingham (Outright) Peak Marketing – 24 laps, 29:41.0714s
13. #9 Marc Cini (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Hallmarc – 24 laps, 29:42.2631s
14. #79 Jordan Love (Outright) Sonic Motor Racing/Quintis – 24 laps, 29:44.1878s
15. #13 Sam Shahin (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) HTFU – 23 laps, 28:51.9822s
16. #22 Dean Cook (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) Zonzo Racing – 23 laps, 29:00.2560s
17. #131 Graham Williams (TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge) WRA – 23 laps, 29:19.4095s
DNF #34 John Morriss (Guest) Motorsport Leasing/Race Ramps – 6 laps, 7:31.8805s
DNF #26 Michael Almond (Outright) Copyworld

Sources: Daniel Jordan/Porsche Cars Australia

Carrera Cup Launches Endurance Cup at Sandown

Porsche series starts season of endurance at Sandown

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia prepares for one of the longest single driver races in the series’ history at Sandown Raceway next weekend with the launch of the inaugural Endurance Cup.

As the Supercars Championship kick starts its season of endurance, the Porsche series begins the 2017 Endurance Cup, which will see one long-distance race held at each at its Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast rounds.

Following two 14-lap sprint races on Saturday at Sandown, Carrera Cup will embark on a longer 25-lap, 77.5km endurance style third race on Sunday which, should it last the distance, will become the second longest race in the series’ history.

Only one Carrera Cup Australia race has ever surpassed the scheduled 77.5km Endurance Cup opener in length: In 2004, Carrera Cup held a Friday night 20-lapper on the 4.47km Gold Coast ‘Indy’ circuit, with eventual champion Alex Davison claiming victory under lights in the 89.4km race.

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Australia Represents On Invitational Podiums

David Wall and Tim Miles visit joint race podiums

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia drivers have represented their championship in style during the pair of joint races with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia regulars, David Wall and Tim Miles securing podium finishes in their respective races.

After Australian drivers won both combined races on their home turf last year, Carrera Cup Asia runners evened the score with two victories at the Sepang circuit this weekend, however there was representation from Australian runners on both podiums.

In the first race for TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge and Carrera Cup Asia Pro-Am runners, Tim Miles finished a hard-fought third outright, behind winner Yuey Tan and Chinese driver Evan Chen.

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Wall and Grove Claim Sepang Round Honours

Points leaders dominate sensational Malaysia round

David Wall and Stephen Grove have powered to debut Porsche Carrera Cup Australia international success in the fifth round of the 2017 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Wall raced to a second successive victory in the final race of round five which, coupled with dramas for nearest championship rivals Alex Davison and Andre Heimgartner, has delivered the Sydneysider a commanding championship lead with three rounds remaining.

Wall won Carrera Cup Australia’s first international round ahead of Dylan O’Keeffe and Davison, while Grove’s TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge round win came over Tim Miles and Dean Cook.

Wall now enjoys a 118-point lead over Heimgartner with three rounds remaining in the championship. Davison sits second, just 24 points ahead of Heimgartner.

Wall said his second career Carrera Cup round victory was an emotional one.

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Carrera Cup Australia Sets Sail for Sepang

Porsche field embarks on first international voyage

Eight 40-foot shipping containers carrying a fleet of 911 GT3 Cup cars will set sail from Australia for Malaysia tomorrow ahead of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s maiden international round next month.

The Carrera Cup race cars, teams’ equipment, and Porsche spare parts will depart Brisbane’s Hutchinson Port ahead of the 12-day, 6,500 km voyage northwest to Port Klang, Malaysia.

From there, all eight containers will be transported to the world-class Sepang International Circuit ahead of the joint Porsche Carrera Cup Asia & Australia round. Containers will be unloaded on July 19-20 before cars hit the track for Friday’s opening practice on July 21.

The Australian Porsche championship will have 17 cars on the grid for its maiden international appearance at the spectacular 5.54 km Sepang International Circuit.

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Evans and Miles Claim Maiden Wins in Darwin

Rookie Evans keeps cool head for maiden outright win

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia rookie Jaxon Evans has kept a cool head in race one to claim his maiden series win in sunny Darwin, while his McElrea Racing teammate Tim Miles finished his debut single-driver race with the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge victory.

David Wall started Saturday on top, taking his first ever TAG Heuer Pole Position in his 38th round in the championship, with Evans joining the Sydneysider on the front row in second.

Evans had the best jump off the start line to lead into turn one, closely followed by Alex Davison and Wall.

Evans maintained the lead and didn’t look threatened until the closing laps, when Davison closed to within striking distance. Then, on the final lap, Davison ran wide at turn one and lost second place to Wall, while handing Evans an easy run to the chequered flag to claim his maiden Carrera Cup win in just his fourth event.

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All 3 Races from Darwin Live on Fox Sports 506

TV Alert: Round 4, Hidden Valley Raceway

All races broadcast live from Darwin

If you’re not at Hidden Valley Raceway to watch Porsche Carrera Cup Australia trackside, be sure to view all this weekend’s racing live on Fox Sports 506.

Broadcast Schedule: Round 4, Darwin
Channel: Fox Sports 506
Race 1 – 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 17
Race 2 – 12:20 pm, Sunday, June 18
Race 3 – 3:25 pm, Sunday, June 18
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Wall and Shahin Fastest in Eventful Darwin Practice

Wall, Shahin fastest in eventful opening day

Carrera Cup begins round four under Darwin sun

David Wall has set the pace in Friday practice at Hidden Valley Raceway in his bid to chase down series points leader Andre Heimgartner, who had a horrid start to his Darwin campaign. Meanwhile, Sam Shahin was the best of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge drivers in his maiden Carrera Cup event as a single-driver entry.

After taking his first ever outright round victory at last month’s Phillip Island Pro-Am, Wall sits just 10 points behind Heimgartner in the standings. And while Wall had an impressive Friday, taking the top time of the day, Heimgartner suffered a different fortune.

Seven laps into practice one, Heimgartner spun at the exit of turn one, making contact with the inside concrete wall and heavily damaging his #777 911 GT3 Cup car. The New Zealander’s day ended prematurely, however his team is expecting to get the car on track by Saturday morning’s qualifying.

Wall’s best overall time of 1:08.2685, posted in practice one, was the quickest of the day, closely followed by practice two pacesetter and six-time Darwin race winner Alex Davison just 0.17secs behind.

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Carrera Cup Treks North to Tropical Darwin

Carrera Cup treks north to tropical Darwin

Two racers climb Motorsport Pyramid towards single-driver debut

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia this weekend travels north to Darwin as the championship welcomes two solo debutants to Hidden Valley Raceway.

Just three weeks after Carrera Cup held its two-driver Pro-Am event at Phillip Island – its southern-most round – the series travels 3,228 km north to Hidden Valley with yet another competitive driver line-up, though this time including two new racers who have scaled the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid towards their Carrera Cup goal.

Tim Miles and Sam Shahin are no strangers to Porsche competition; in fact, both have visited the Carrera Cup podium at previous Pro-Am events, though both will this weekend make their maiden appearance in a single-driver round, bringing with them significant GT3 Cup Challenge experience.

Miles has had three Pro-Am starts over the past four seasons, racing alongside Renee Gracie, Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans in 2014, 2015 and 2017, respectively. During this time Miles visited the Professional Class podium twice – placing third with Gracie in 2014 and third alongside Evans at Phillip Island this season.

The Sydneysider also boasts 20 GT3 Cup Challenge round starts and capped his time in the series by winning the 2016 Elite Class crown.

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Former Champion Returns for Phillip Island Pro-Am

Nick Foster to Join Graham Williams at Phillip Island Pro-Am

Former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Nick Foster will return to the series at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit next weekend for the series’ annual Pro-Am event.

Foster, now driving a Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR alongside fellow Carrera Cup Australia graduate Ben Barker in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will pair with series’ newcomer Graham Williams in the Pro-Am event to be held on May 26-28.

The event will mark a big return to local shores for the 2015 champion having now firmly made his mark in international Porsche competition, following an initial season in Carrera Cup Germany last year.

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Grove Recruits Supercars Star for Porsche Pro-Am

Stephen Grove and Tim Slade team up for Phillip Island assault

Stephen Grove will enter this month’s Porsche Pro-Am round as one of the outright favourites after securing Supercars Championship ace Tim Slade for the two-driver event.

Slade is no stranger to Carrera Cup racing having partnered Adrian Mastronardo for the past two Porsche Pro-Am events.

Slade replaces Scott McLaughlin in the #4 Porsche, the Kiwi’s commitments with DJR Team Penske keeping him out of his regular Carrera Cup seat this year.
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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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