Russell pips Richards to Carrera Cup pole

Tom Howard

Saturday 25th October, 2014 - 10:30am

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David Russell claimed pole for the opening  race of Porsche Carrera Cup final round at Surfers Paradise

David Russell claimed pole for the opening race of Porsche Carrera Cup final round at Surfers Paradise

David Russell’s impressive cameo in the Porsche Carrera Cup continued as he snatched pole position by a hundredth of  second from title contender Steven Richards.

Russell, who set record pace in practice, transferred his speed into qualifying with the 32-year-old eclipsing his lap record with 1.12.4167s effort.

“It’s great to come away with pole but I think we had a bit more in the tank if we needed it,” said Russell.

“The session proved to be very tight but the track was coming good towards the end of qualifying.”

The time pipped Richards to the all important pole by a mere 0.0192s with just under a two tenths of a second covering the top five.

Nick Foster will line up in third position just ahead of championship leader Warren Luff, while reigning champion Craig Baird secured fifth to set up a thrilling opening race this afternoon.

Tony Bates was the quickest of the Elite class runners in 11th position.

The first of three Porsche carrera Cup race will begin at 1320 (Queensland Time).

VIDEO: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Qualifying Review 

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Qualifying Result

 Position Number Sponsor Driver Time Gap
1 23 JBS Australia David Russell (QLD) 1:12.4167
2 12 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Steven Richards (VIC) 1:12.4359 00.0192
3 777 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick Foster (VIC) 1:12.5436 00.1269
4 7 No Second Chance/Phase 8 Warren Luff (QLD) 1:12.5504 00.1337
5 1 Bonaire / Wilson Security Craig Baird (VIC) 1:12.5985 00.1818
6 88 Davbridge Constructions Shae Davies (QLD) 1:12.8214 00.4047
7 27 Childhood Cancer Association Sam Power (SA) 1:12.8921 00.4754
8 77 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick McBride (VIC) 1:12.9040 00.4873
9 26 Copyworld Michael Almond (SA) 1:13.6270 01.2103
10 45 VIP Petfoods Duvashen Padayachee NSW 1:13.7243 01.3076
11 24 Alternative Freight Services / Tony Bates (VIC) 1:14.3262 01.9095
12 56 McGrath Estate Agents Shane Smollen (NSW) 1:14.7199 02.3032
13 55 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie (QLD) 1:14.7508 02.3341
14 4 Grove Group Stephen Grove (VIC) 1:14.9115 02.4948
15 13 Porsche Centre Brighton James Bergmuller (VIC) 1:15.2534 02.8367
16 5 Objective Racing Tony Walls (QLD) 1:15.4786 03.0619
17 9 Hallmarc Marc Cini (VIC) 1:15.4947 03.0780
18 22 Phenix Motorsport Brenton Ramsay (SA) 1:15.8338 03.4171
19 11 Royal Purple Oil / Garth Walde Ash Samadi (NSW) 1:16.2564 03.8397
20 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) 1:16.6191 04.2024
21 10 Finance EZI/Foxtel Maurice Pickering (QLD) 1:16.8752 04.4585
22 38 Wall Racing / Adina Apartment Greg Taylor (NSW) 1:17.6877 05.2710
23 39 Veritas Adrian Mastronardo (NSW) 1:18.3518 05.9351