2016 CROWNBET DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN - PORSCHE CARRERA CUP - BRIAN BOYD COMMENTS
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE report on the recent 2016 CrownBet Triple Crown Racing Event in Darwin.
The Hidden Valley round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship made a dramatic return to Darwin after an absence of nine years.
Hidden Valley Heat Delivers Mega Racing and Podiums for Team PAYCE - Brian Boyd
Team PAYCE drivers and teams arrived at Darwin's Hidden Valley just in time to thaw out from the cold sessions at the previous race in southern Australia.
PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said Darwin turned on some great fine weather again this year and the only concern was the varying conditions that affected grip level during some of the qualifying sessions.
"Everyone loves coming to Darwin as the locals make you so welcome and treat the weekend event like a big party and family outing," Mr. Boyd said.
With track temperatures reaching into the mid 40s during the day, it was all about making the tyres work to the team's advantage.
"Once again, tyres and pit stops were key factors to be considered in the teams' strategies, although tyre degradation wasn't as extreme as Perth," Brian Boyd said.
Team PAYCE drivers and teams were on hand to do battle in three categories – Supercars (Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat), Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (David Wall) and Touring Car Masters (John Bowe).
Brian Boyd said the standout result for Team PAYCE over the weekend was David Wall's three podiums, including a well-deserved first win of the season in the #38 PAYCE/Wilson Security Porsche GT3.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
The Wall Racing team arrived in Darwin confident of a solid performance after the #38 Porsche GT3 performed well in the last round at the Porsche Rennsport Australia Pro-Am meeting in Sydney.
The car unfortunately sustained some damage to bodywork and suspension at the end of the final Rennsport race, but not before David had a flying first race where he led the pack for some time, eventually finishing just out of a podium spot in 4th position.
Wall Racing team deserved a good result at Darwin – Brian Boyd
PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the Wall Racing team deserved a good result at Darwin after putting in a lot of hard work to repair the car from the Sydney round and having run consistently near the front in earlier rounds.
"This category is highly competitive and a lot depends on getting the balance of the car right and of course, a measure of luck," Boyd said.
"David was pleased to have run on the track when in the V8s, so he was comfortable from the outset with the layout of the track," continued Brian Boyd.
Strong Practice, Challenging Qualifying and a Great Podium Result for David – Brian Boyd
First practice at Darwin on Friday was a further confidence booster for David where he posted the fastest time and the only driver to get into the 1:08s. David's blistering pace showing the benefit of his experience on the track in V8 Supercars. David headed out into the second practice session with the same tyres as used in practice 1 and was able to record a admirable 8th fastest in the stint and overall second quickest on combined times for both sessions.
Many of the racers were hindered by the myriad of rubber marbles left on the track by the earlier Supercars practice. Some offs and sticky moments affected the times of many drivers.
Qualifying for the opening race on Saturday was initially disappointing for David, with his car setup not going his way, ultimately having to settle for a 7th spot on the starting grid.
As it eventuated, the challenges probably worked in his favour as he was able to avoid some of the racing incidents up front. Driving a heady race was his course of action and the reward was a podium spot behind race winner Alex Davidson.
David Drove a Steady Race and was Rewarded with his First Win of the Season – Brian Boyd
David found himself on the front row for race 2 on Sunday. Considering the close competition and over-enthusiastic driving this year, David was well placed to keep out of trouble.
A solid start saw him just beaten into turn 1 by Davidson but the two leaders were then able to build up a good break from the rest of the field. Lap 5 saw the safety car come out for a lap as two cars were quickly removed after coming to a halt off-track.
With the safety car hold up out of the way, the race resumed. Davidson misjudged turn 1 and handed the lead to David, who went on to stretch his lead over second-place Richards by quite a margin.
In the final laps of the race, David had Matt Campbell pushing hard to unlap himself, but David kept a cool head and drove a steady race, going on to score his first win of the 2016 season.
His last win in the series was back in 2008 at Sandown Raceway when he last contested the Carrera Cup series, so there was much celebrating back in the Wall pits.
Brian Boyd said the win was well-deserved and not surprising as David has been driving consistently in the top five in earlier rounds and there has been very little between the front runners since the season started.
"A great result for David and his hard working team. Congratulations from everyone in Team PAYCE," Brian Boyd said.
After the race David said he was rapped for everyone who made the win possible, including his sponsors.
"After a couple of hard years in V8 Supercars, it was good to continue in the sport at such a high level," he said.
"I'm over the moon for everyone at Wall Racing and everyone who allows me to go racing."
The final race of the round saw David and Alex Davidson closing to the first corner, with David ducking in behind, but comfortably holding position right to the finish and capping off what was a fantastic weekend for the team. Three podium finishes resulted in an overall second for the round for David and lifted him up one position on the leaderboard to 4th place.
I Couldn't be Happier for David and his Team at Wall Racing - Brian Boyd
"I know just how much time and effort they put into the preparation of the cars and it's great to see David in the winner's circle once again following his return to the series," said a proud Brian Boyd.
Round 5 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship is at Sydney Motorsport Park on 26-28 August 2016.
Go Team PAYCE!