MIXED RETURNS FOR DAVID WALL AT PORSCHE RENNSPORT EVENT AT EASTERN CREEK
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
The 3rd round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia was the feature racing event of the 2016 Porsche Rennsport festival.
The festival was held at Eastern Creek's Sydney Motorsport Park and attracted a strong following of race fans as well as members from Team PAYCE and Brian Boyd.
The excellent results from the first two rounds in Adelaide and Melbourne had David Wall in high spirits with an expectation for the #38 Wilson Security/PAYCE Porsche GT3 to race well in the two Carrera Cup races.
Adrian Flack and David Wall a Superb Pairing - Brian Boyd
Adrian Flack, an accomplished Australian racing driver with past experience in Porsches, joined David to share the driving in the two one-hour races. This Pro-Am round is a yearly event.
Friday`s practice sessions were very decisive for the team, with both David and Adrian performing near the top in their sessions. David's best time was a 3rd fastest in the final session and less than half a second behind the leader.
Final grid positions for the first race were determined through the combining of qualifying times on Saturday in the two separate sessions for main drivers and co-drivers. When the final figures were collated, the #38 Porsche GT3 sat on the inside second row of the grid in 3rd place for race1, being held across 34 laps of the circuit.
An Exceptional Start for David in Race 1 – Brian Boyd
David opted to start in the drivers seat for race 1 and when the lights went out, he tore off the line to quickly move past the pole-sitter Campbell on the inside, leading into the first turn. David dealt perfectly with several strong challenges and only ceded the lead to the on-form Campbell on the sixth lap. Holding onto 2nd and then 3rd positions through to the 19th lap, David headed for the pits for the mandatory driver changeover and fresh rubber.
Beyond all cars completing their stops, Car 38 with Adrian on board was consolidating positions, working back from 5th place to 3rd. Adrian was able to hold position until the final couple of laps, though succumbed in the closing laps to come home in a hard- fought and very well-deserved 4th spot.
Race Two Brings Highs and Lows – Brian Boyd
The finishing order in Saturday's race 1 determined the grid positions for the second race on Sunday. Again, the #38 Porsche was on the outside second row of the grid, this time with Adrian behind the wheel, as whoever finished the first race had to start the second.
When the lights went out, Adrian had a not so grand start and dropped well back in the field to15th position. Adrian had a mountain ahead of him to pull back the lost places, which he did with some perfectly executed passes and strong defence of his position.
Adrian pitted on lap 17 for David to take over the driving duties with the #38 car in 11th place. David immediately began moving up the order and picked off a series of cars, achieving a top 10 position through his efforts. By lap 23 he had moved into 9th place and then to 6th in the closing stages of the 34 lap race. Unfortunately, David was involved in a racing incident with a slower car on the final lap, resulting in damage to the driver's side and steering. Car #38 made the trip back to the pits on a tip truck.
While the racing incident delivered a disappointing end to the day, David improved his overall position on the championship board and moved from 6th to 4th position.
The Team can be Pleased to Take Plenty of Positives From the Weekend - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd , PAYCE Managing Director, said the Porsche Rennsport festival was an excellent opportunity to showcase the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship to the followers of the marque and fans of the invited drivers.
"The weekend racing certainly lived up to its reputation of close competitive racing," Brian Boyd said.
"The addition of co-drivers as a one-off Pro-Am exercise was welcomed by many fans who were interested to see how the co-drivers measured up against the regular Carrera Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge drivers.
"Congratulations to both David and Adrian on their drives. The car showed great pace all weekend and David's start in race 1 was exceptional, continued Brain Boyd.
"The team can be pleased to take plenty of positives from the weekend despite the mishap at the end of race 2 and I'm sure David and the team will be all smiles and ready to go racing at the next round in Darwin in mid-June," Brian Boyd finished.
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