2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship | Sandown 500 Review
Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde
Porsche Carrera Cup at V8 Supercars Wilson Security Sandown 500 – For the sixth round of the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, the series headed to Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway near Dandenong. The round would consist of qualifying and two races on Saturday, with the third and final race on Sunday prior to the V8 Supercars Sandown 500.
Images by Rhys Vandersyde
The grid for the first race of the weekend would be determined by a 25 minute qualifying session early on Saturday morning. Matt Campbell would set the fastest time in his Phase 8 backed No.7 Porsche with a time of 1:09.6854. Nick Foster ended the session with the second fastest time in his Bob Jane T-Marts 777 Porsche. Richard Muscat was third fastest in his Wilson Security No.22 Porsche.
The first race of the weekend for Carrera Cup was action packed with Duvashen Parayachee (No. 45 Darrell Lea Porsche) and Nick McBride (No. 77 Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche) limped across the finish line after coming together at the start of the race.
Championship contenders Craig Baird (No. 8 Porsche Centre Melbourne) and Steven Richards (No.1 Laser Plumbing and Electrical) both suffered issues during the race and failed to finish. This set back had them both at the back of the grid for the second race of the day.
Out in front though, Nick Foster (No. 777 Bob Jane T-Marts) held off a late challenge from pole sitter Matt Campbell (No. 7 Phase 8) to take the win. Richard Muscat (No.22 Wilson Security backed) would later settle for third place. Aaron Seaton, son of the famous Glenn Seaton, finished with a respectable sixth place on debut in the category.
The second race was less eventful with all the cars finishing with Richards and Baird fighting their way back through field to finish in seventh and tenth respectively. Out in front Foster again finished in first place followed by Campbell and Muscat.
Sunday marked the third and final race of the weekend but wasn’t without issue with Fraser Ross (No. 65 Porsche Centre Brighton) and John Magro (No. 11 Team BRM) both failing to finish.
Action was supplied by Richards and Baird as they continued their fight to recovery every championship point on offer to finish in fourth and sixth place respectively.
The podium for the third and final race remained the same with Nick Foster taking the win from Matt Campbell and Richard Muscat in third.
To not even finish in the first four races, it has been a horror start to the season for Nick Foster, but with a consistent run at the front of the field since Phillip Island, Foster now leads the championship on 722 points.
Steven Richards (No.1 Laser Plumbing and Electrical) has fallen to second place on with 703.5 points; Craig Baird has managed to maintain his third place on 656 points with David Russell close behind on 616 points.
In the TAG Heuer Challenge for gentleman (non-Professional) drivers, Shane Smollen (No. 56 McGrath Estate Agents) continued to extend his lead over Stephen Grove (No. 4 Grove Group) while three class wins over the weekend for Tony Bates (No. 24 (AFS/Fleetguard) has seen him regain some ground over the leaders after not competing in Sydney.
The Australian Porsche Carrera Cup championship follows the V8 Supercars to Bathurst for their next round 8th – 11th October 2015.
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