2018 CROWNBET DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN - PORSCHE CARRERA CUP - BRIAN BOYD FROM TEAM PAYCE COMMENTS
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE report on the recent CrownBet Triple Crown Racing Event in Darwin FOR 2018.
The Hidden Valley round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship in Darwin - 2018.
David Wall Quietly Confident – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the Wall Racing team of David Wall and James Moffat, along with Dale Wood were off to a strong start in both practice sessions, with reigning champion David setting a new lap record in practice one and topping the times in practice two.
"Dale was third in both sessions while James was not far behind with a 5th and a 4th place on the timesheets," he said.
Brian said the Hidden Valley track holds good memories for David from the previous two years and he was quietly confident of a good weekend as they went into qualifying.
"Qualifying saw David maintain his supremacy over the field of 23 with another fastest time, while James recorded 3rd fastest and Dale 7th.
"Race one was a start to finish lead for David in racking up his first win of the season, although he has been consistently up at the pointy end in the previous three rounds. Both "James and Dale had strong performances coming home in 4th and 5th places respectively."
Brian Boyd said race two should have been another good result for David starting off pole, but a stall on the line by him saw the field diving left and right to avoid the stationary #1 Porsche.
"As everyone held their breath, it looked like the field would clear but Dale Wood had nowhere to go and caught the offside rear of David's car, leaving the #100 car's wheel and suspension components on the track and David's#1 with substantial damage to the rear corner.
"After the damaged cars and the debris were removed, the race was re-started and James went on to pick up a podium 3rd placing.
"The incident was the first time that David had not completed a race since returning to the series in 2016," Brian said.
"Both David and Dale's crews worked tirelessly through the remainder of the day and into the night and it was a great relief to see both cars grid up for the third race on Sunday, albeit at the rear of the field.
"As David and Dale battled through the field, James was in pursuit of race leader O'Keeffe and near race end and after a safety car period, James swooped on the leader and came home to record his first win since returning to the series and his second podium for the round," Brian Boyd continued.
"The overall round win went to O'Keeffe with James Moffat 2nd, David Wall 5th and Dale Wood 8th."
Brian said the championship resumes at Sydney Motorsport Park on 3-4 August when the field will swell with the inclusion of cars currently competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship.
|Dale Wood||3rd (down 1 spot)|
|David Wall||4th (no change)|
|James Moffat||5th (up two spots)|
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