Daniel Gaunt wins dramatic Carrera Cup Race 1

Davison flys through the air after start-line contact with Nick Foster and Craig Baird

Davison flys through the air after start-line contact with Nick Foster and Craig Baird

Daniel Gaunt has taken out the first Porsche City Index Carrera Cup race at Phillip Island today.

Starting from sixth position, Gaunt made use of his experience, steering clear of incidents on the opening lap and held on in a damp finish to win his first race of the year.

V8 Supercars endurance drivers Steven Richards and Craig Baird finished second and third respectively, with Andre Heimgartner and pole sitter Nick Foster rounding out the top five.

The start was marred by a clash involving Foster, Baird and Alex Davison off the start line. Davison tried to go between Foster and Baird but when the gap closed, his car was sent airborne.

The contact deflated Baird’s right rear tyre but did a remarkable job to get back to the pits. Foster also visited pitlane for repairs, but both rejoining going down a lap due to a safety car, which came out onto the track for an incident between Paul Kelly and Jeff Bobik.

In the last five laps of the race, a late rain shower caught some of the drivers out with the tricky conditions. Foster and team-mate Tom Tweedie clashed at Lukey Heights sending Tweedie out of the race. Post-race, Foster received a 20 point penalty for his part in the clash.

The start line incident ruled out Davison from the race did not make it to the end of the race when a radiator failure saw him pull out on the warm-up lap.

Race 2 begins tomorrow at 1105 followed by Race 3 at 1440.

Race 1, Carrera Cup 

1 Daniel Gaunt Skye Sands / Wilson Security     12
2 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing & Electrical     12
3 Craig Baird Jet Travel  Insurance     12
4 Andre Heimgartner Team Kiwi Racing     12
5 Nick Foster Money Choice     12
6 Max Twigg Australian Engineered Flooring     12
7 James Koundouris Superbarn Supermarkets     12
8 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents     12
9 Tony Bates Alternative Freight Services     12
10 Matt Kingsley Big Pineapple Markets     12
11 Michael Loccisano Hallmarc     12
12 Marc Cini Hallmarc     12
13 Jeff Bobik Creative Colour     11
DNF Tom Tweedie BRM / Team Tom     11
DNF Nathan Tinkler Hunter Sports Group      9
DNF Jonny Reid Hunter Sports Group      2
DNF Alex Davison Phase 8 / Mongrel Boots      0

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