SATURDAY SUPPORTS REPORT
The support card for the day featured a single race from each category ahead of the Formula 1 Qualifying session in the early evening.
In an action packed Supercars race it was Fabian Coulthard who continued DJR Team Penske’s unbeaten run as chaos ensued behind involving multiple cars.
Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Garth Tander and Prodrive Racing Australia’s Jason Bright suffered the most damage in the encounter with Tander retiring from the race with major damage to the front of his Commodore, while Bright continued with heavy rear end damage. Others to suffer from the incident were Mobil 1 HSV Racing’s Scott Pye and Nissan Motorsport’s Simona De Silvestro, who both ventured through the Turn One gravel.
The race upfront was dominated by Coulthard, who held a comfortable buffer over Jamie Whincup for the duration of the race. Behind the leading pair Chaz Mostert and Scott McLaughlin squabbled for third place and a fantastic scrap between Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen, Todd Kelly and Mark Winterbottom for tenth ultimately saw the champ take the position after Kelly dropped out with a puncture.
Further down the field the racing wasn’t as clean, with Tim Slade and Cameron Waters bumping each other at the exit of Turn Three causing Slade to cut the circuit. Slade readdressed near conclusion of the lap, but attacked Waters into Turn One successfully also allowing Blanchard through.
McLaughlin took the win by .8063s ahead of Whincup and McLaughlin.
The final race for the Supercars is at 1:05pm tomorrow.
Kelvin van der Linde made it two from two after winning the third Australian GT race of the weekend, second for the ‘Pro’ drivers.
After a change of results in the opening race awarded van der Linde the win, the factory Audi ace was jumped heading into Turn One by fellow front row starter Daniel Gaunt. Gaunt in the KFC Audi took an early lead before a late braking move at Turn 13 by van der Linde proved successful.
Gaunt then fell into the clutches of David Russell and Ash Walsh, after Walsh got by McLaren factory driver Lewis Williamson. Walsh worked his way by Russell but it all came to nothing when a move on Gaunt at the Turn 15 hairpin saw the Walsh Audi run wide and relinquish both positions.
This left van der Linde to spread eagle the field and win ahead of Gaunt and Russell.
The weekend’s final Australian GT race is at 11:30am.
Cameron McConville has broken the Sonic dominance by winning the third race of the Porsche Carrera Cup.
McConville was quick off the start and moved around the outside of Andre Heimgartner at Turn One and soon rounded up Nick McBride. McConville held a .7630s gap at the end of lap one, which extended to 1.1s at the end of lap two.
The two Sonic teammates were soon joined by Alex Davison, who would pass both before the end of the race. A strong comeback drive from Jaxon Evans placed him sixth at the flag, while Simon Ellingham had an off at Turn One on the final lap while battling Matt Palmer making him the only casualty of the race.
Davison finished the race strong, but the margin McConville had made while Davison had been battling the Sonic pair was enough to hold on for his first Carrera Cup victory.
Stephen Grove continued his domination of the Challenge Class heading Marc Cini and Dean Cook.
Carrera Cup holds its last race at 1:50pm tomorrow.
Date posted: March 25, 2017