2018 OTR SUPERSPRINT - THE BEND - PORSCHE CARRERA CUP - BRIAN BOYD FROM TEAM PAYCE COMMENTS
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE report on the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend - 2018.
Brian Boyd reported there was some great racing with the Porsche Carrera Cup field at The Bend - 2018.
Porsche Wilson Racing Carrera Cup Australia Early Sessions Topped by James Moffat – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said Team PAYCE members, David Wall and James Moffat dominated practice on Friday with James fastest in both sessions, while David topped the times during the sessions before settling for a 3rd and 5th. Dale Wood picked up a 3rd and 13th across the two sessions.
"James carried his strong form to qualifying on Saturday morning, topping the time sheets while David was 2nd and Dale 3rd," Brian added.
"That put the three PAYCE backed cars 1-2-3 on the grid for the endurance race over 20 laps. It was also James' first pole since joining the category this year."
Brian Boyd said the 4.9 km circuit appears to suit the Porsche's characteristics more so than Supercars and some of the other categories and made for some exciting close racing over the two days.
Five Seconds post-race Penalty Relegates James to 2nd Place – Brian Boyd
"David led the field off the start of race one, but his lead was short-lived as a Safety Car was called soon after to remove crashed cars back in the field. David lost a couple of positions but a concerted charge had him at the front with two laps to go, from where he was never headed.
"Unfortunately, the stewards saw fit to impose a five seconds post-race penalty on David for not leaving enough racing room during a pass on Jaxon Evans and that put him back to second place.
"Dale drove strongly to come home 3rd while James was caught up in traffic and had to settle for 9th. Local Michael Almond took the victory in the Pro class, while track owner, Sam Shahin was first across the line in Pro-Am," Brian Boyd added.
"Race two also went to Almond with David picking up another podium in 3rd, while Dale finished 6th and James battled the pack for another 9th place."
Brian Boyd said the final race of the round saw Dale Wood repeat his Phillip Island rounds and take out a convincing win, while David and James had their own battles to come home 5th and 6th respectively.
"The overall round winners were locals, Michael Almond in Pro class and Anthony Gilbertson in Pro-Am class."
A Good Round for Team PAYCE – Brian Boyd
Brian said it was a good round for Team PAYCE with four podiums between them and for James, his first pole.
The penultimate round of the championship is at the Bathurst 1000 meeting on 4-7 October.
|David Wall||3rd (no change)|
|Dale Wood||4th (up 1 place)|
|James Moffat||5th (down 1 place)|
Go Team PAYCE!