2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship | Gold Coast
Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde
The Castrol Gold Coast 600 Carrera Cup Wrap Up
The streets of the Gold Coast played host to the final round of the 2015 Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship. With the title on the line, there was plenty to gain and to lose on the treacherous concrete lined street circuit.
Images by Rhys Vandersyde
David Russell made the most of the 20 minute qualifying session to put his Finance Ezi backed Porsche on to pole position for the first race of the weekend with time of 1:12.6448. Championship points leader Nick Forster was good enough to put his Bob Jane T-Marts backed Porsche alongside on the front row.
Steven Richards the other main championship contender had a comparative shocker, qualifying his Laser Plumbing and Electrical backed Porsche in tenth.
Saturday afternoon saw the first race of the weekend for the Porsche Carrera Cup. David Russell (No. 10 Finance Ezi) made the most of his pole position to launch into the lead.
However Russell would make a mistake at turn 10, where the sensationally quick Matt Campbell (No. 7 Phase 8) would sneak past to take the lead on the second lap before notching up a commanding lead to win the race.
Russell would hang on to second, while Nick Foster (No. 777 Bob Jane T-Marts) claimed third.
The second race for the Carrera Cup was held Sunday morning. Matt Campbell again showed he was the man to beat, charging off to another commanding lead. David Russell settled into second place while the fight was on between Nick Foster and Craig Baird for the final podium place.
Foster would prevail, hanging on for third. While Campbell and Russell had a trouble free run out front for first and second place.
The final race of the weekend took place on Sunday afternoon. However nothing would change at the top in a clean and quiet race. This left Matt Campbell to clean sweep the weekend taking out all three race wins. David Russell would again finish second, while another third place finish was enough to secure the championship for Nick Foster.
Three podiums were enough to secure the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup championship for Nick Foster (No. 777 Bob Jane T-Marts). The best Steven Richards (No. 1 Laser Plumbing and Electrical) could muster over the weekend was an eleventh place, in an uncharacteristic weekend for the defending champion dropping him to third in the outright championship. David Russell (No. 10 Finance Ezi) benefited from his three second place finishes enough to move into the second place in the championship.
Shane Smollen (No. 56 McGrath Estate Agents) proved constant all year in the TAG Heuer Challenge class, winning the Elite class championship.
A sincere thank you to Rhys Vandersyde for his coverage and commitment to the series this year and thanks to you, our readers and followers for your continued support throughout the year.
That wraps up our coverage of the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship for 2015. An update on the 2016 Championship will be broadcast as soon as the calendar is released.
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