Luff snares Porsche Carrera Cup pole

Thursday 13th March, 2014 - 6:04pm


Series leader Warren Luff will start off pole

Series leader Warren Luff will start off pole

Warren Luff has backed-up his victory in Adelaide with pole position for this weekend’s second round of the Porsche Cars Australia Carrera Cup at Albert Park.

Driving the No Second Chance/Phone 8 Porsche, Luff set a lap record time of 1:57.7313. He had to hold his breath as Steven Richards in the Laser Plumbing & Electrical 911 came within 0.0875 on his final lap.

Shae Davies (Davbridge Constructions) and Nick Foster (Sonic Motor Racing Services) will share the second row with multiple champion Craig Baird (Bonaire/Wilson Security) in fifth.

The session was stopped at the midway point when Tony Bates (Alternative Freight Services) tapped a tyre bundle and it was brought onto the racing line.

It meant the final minutes saw the times continue to tumble with different drivers sitting on the top of the time sheets.

Luff ran in tandem with team-mate Davies, and it appeared to pay off as the pair occupied the front row. Richards then went all out and came within a whisker of pole.

In the Elite field Shane Smollen (McGrath Estate Agents) took his second-straight award ahead of Roger Lago (JBS Swift) and James Bergmuller (Porsche Centre Brighton).

The first of three championship races in the Carrera Cup will be run at 6.20pm on Friday.


QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Albert Park

Pos No. Driver Sponsor Time Gap
1  7 Warren Luff  No Second Chance/Phone 8 1:57.7313*
2 12 Steven Richards  Laser Plumbing & Electrical 1:57.8188  0:00.0875
3 88 Shae Davies  Davbridge Constructions 1:57.9107  0:00.1794
4 77 Nick Foster  Sonic Motor Racing Services 1:58.4055  0:00.6742
5  1 Craig Baird  Bonaire/Wilson Security 1:58.6092  0:00.8779
6 29 Michael Patrizi  Ausdrill/Onsite Racing 1:58.7619  0:01.0306
7 27 Sam Power  AVCS Consulting 1:59.0020  0:01.2707
8 77 Nick McBride  Sonic Motor Racing Services 1:59.6002  0:01.8689
9 26 Michael Almond  Copyworld 1:59.7499  0:02.0186
10 56 Shane Smollen  McGrath Estate Agents 1:59.7806  0:02.0493
11 45 Duvashen Padayachee  Rentcorp Forklifts 1:59.8050  0:02.0737
12 23 Roger Lago  JBS Swift 2:01.2650  0:03.5337
13 13 James Bergmuller  Porsche Centre Brighton 2:01.3132  0:03.5819
14  9 Marc Cini  Hallmarc/PIARC 2:02.0654  0:04.3341
15 55 Renee Gracie  Fujitsu Racing 2:02.1074  0:04.3761
16  4 Stephen Grove  Grove Group 2:02.1658  0:04.4345
17  5 Tony Walls  Objective Racing 2:02.4365  0:04.7052
18 24 Tony Bates  Alternative Freight Services/ 2:02.4757  0:04.7444
19 22 Brenton Ramsay  Phenix Motorsport 2:02.7250  0:04.9937
20 10 Maurice Pickering  Finance EZI 2:04.5720  0:06.8407
21 11 Ash Samadi  Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden 2:05.0425  0:07.3112
22 39 Adrian Mastronardo  Adrian Mastronardo 2:07.3406  0:09.6093
23 71 Dean Koutsoumidis  Equity-One 2:07.9813  0:10.2500

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