ADELAIDE 500 - 2019 – BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF PORSCHE PAYCE CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia - Race 1 Wrap Up Report from the Adelaide 500 with Brian Boyd
Brian said this year's championship got off to a great start with 26 brand new GT3 cars in the field and a refreshed mix of seasoned participants and aspiring champions. The field was split 50:50 between Pro and ProAm drivers.
"Reigning champion David Wall would have been all smiles as he unloaded his PAYCE Porsche with new livery and sporting #1 to mark his championship win last year," he said.
"Equally impressive was the #18 sister car from the Wall Racing stable, driven by James Moffat.
Friday Practice a Strong Showing for Wall Racing – Brian Boyd
"No-one knows the track better in a Porsche than David, who had a very successful meet last year. But with new cars, new drivers and changes to the track he was taking nothing for granted."
Brian Boyd said Friday's practice was very much focussed on setups and by the end of the session it was James who had the better time of the two, with 2nd fastest time and David 8th. Practice two in the afternoon saw both cars run similar times with James 4th fastest and David improving to clock 5th fastest.
"Qualifying on Friday morning showed just how intense the racing will be this year, with Jaxon Evans the top qualifier, Dale Wood close behind, David in 3rd spot and James 6th.
Fourth and Fifth Finishes for Wall Racing in Race 1 – Brian Boyd
"Race one saw Wood get the jump on Evans and the two ran in close company for the remainder of the race. David got off the line well and drove a strong race to hound O'Keefe all the way to the line and finish less than two seconds behind the leaders. James had David in his sights to finish 5th.
A number of cars were sidelined over the course of the race, but the race ran safety car free.
Top 5 Finishes for Race 2 - Brian Boyd
"Race two was relatively uneventful save for four drivers being penalised for "over-use of the curbs". David was able to hold onto his second position he inherited after a good start as Evans disappeared into the distance and maintaining his lead till race end. James defended well to hold down another 5th place finish without any dramas.
Strong Results for Race 3 tops off a Solid Weekend for Wall Racing and PAYCE – Brian Boyd
"Race three was a drag to the first corner between David and Jaxon Evans with Evans closing the door on a fast charging #1 Porsche. The safety car was called for when Leanne Tander became another victim of turn eight. When racing resumed Evans cleared out in the lead, but David was involved in a four-car tussle for second spot. With the race shortened by two laps it worked in David's favour and he was able to hold onto his second place spot and James was 7th across the line."
Brian said that when the points were added for the three rounds, Evans came out as leader after the opening round, with David just 24 points in arrears.
The 2019 Series is Shaping up to be the Best Ever – Brian Boyd
"Based on the performances and results over the weekend, the series is shaping up to be the best ever with at least six drivers in contention for the outright championship.
"As well as having good qualifying times, consistency over the season will be a big factor in determining the 2018 winner.
"There's a long way to go in the championship, but one thing is for sure – David won't give up his crown without a fight," Brian Boyd said.
The next round is the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 23-26 March.
|David Wall||2nd||150 points|
|James Moffat||7th||101 points|