Richards scores first overall Carrera Cup win

Sunday 6th July, 2014 - 1:48pm


Richards is now tied for the points lead in Carrera Cup

Richards is now tied for the points lead in Carrera Cup

Steven Richards has broken through for his first overall round win in the Carrera Cup with a sweep of both of the Sunday races in Townsville.

In what was his 26th overall round start, he had been a 7-time second place overall finisher, but that is now behind the ever-versatile Richards.

In the day’s opening race Richards slotted into second place off the start behind Race 1 winner Michael Patrizi.

Then on just the second lap Patrizi locked a brake, before running down an escape road on the very next corner.

Richards then took control at the point from championship leader Warren Luff with Shae Davies in third.

In the final race of the weekend Richards once again won the start to lead Luff.

The race appeared to settle down before with just three laps to run Davies tried to go down on the inside of Luff. He locked the rears and made heavy contact with the front-right of his McElrea Racing team-mate. Luff had to retire, while Davies took a drive through penalty to finish 11th for the race.

There were no such dramas for Richards who won the race ahead of Craig Baird and Sam Power.

The result is not only Richards first overall round win; he is also tied for the points lead with Luff.

After Roger Lago finished first in the Elite division in the opening race, Stephen Grove took both the Sunday races to take the round.

Lago finished in second with Adelaide winner Tony Bates third.

The Carrera Cup next goes racing with the V8 at Sydney Motorsport Park in August.

VIDEO: Richards and Grove speak after the final race in Townsville




Pos  No. Driver Team
1  12  Steven Richards (VIC)  Laser Plumbing & Electrical
2   7  Warren Luff (QLD)  No Second Chance/Phase 8
3  88  Shae Davies (QLD)  Davbridge Constructions
4 777  Nick Foster (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts
5   1  Craig Baird (VIC)  Bonaire/Wilson Security
6  27  Sam Power (SA)  Childhood Cancer Association
7  26  Michael Almond (SA)  Copyworld
8  45  Duvashen Padayachee (NSW)  VIP Petfoods
9  77  Nick McBride (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts
10   4  Stephen Grove (VIC)  Grove Group
11  23  Roger Lago (QLD)  JBS Australia
12  13  James Bergmuller (VIC)  Porsche Centre Brighton
13  24  Tony Bates (VIC)  Alternative Freight Services/A
14  29  Michael Patrizi (SA)  Onsite Rental Racing
15   5  Tony Walls (QLD)  Objective Racing
16  55  Renee Gracie (QLD)  Fujitsu Racing
17   9  Marc Cini (VIC)  Hallmarc
18  22  Brenton Ramsay (SA)  V.I.P. Home Services
19  11  Ash Samadi (NSW)  Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden
20  10  Maurice Pickering (QLD)  Finance EZI/Foxtel
21  56  Shane Smollen (NSW)  McGrath Estate Agents
22  39  Adrian Mastronardo (NSW)  Veritas



Pos  No. Driver Team
1  12  Steven Richards (VIC)  Laser Plumbing & Electrical
2   1  Craig Baird (VIC)  Bonaire/Wilson Security
3  27  Sam Power (SA)  Childhood Cancer Association
4  29  Michael Patrizi (SA)  Onsite Rental Racing
5 777  Nick Foster (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts
6  26  Michael Almond (SA)  Copyworld
7   4  Stephen Grove (VIC)  Grove Group
8  24  Tony Bates (VIC)  Alternative Freight Services/A
9  23  Roger Lago (QLD)  JBS Australia
10  55  Renee Gracie (QLD)  Fujitsu Racing
11  88  Shae Davies (QLD)  Davbridge Constructions
12   9  Marc Cini (VIC)  Hallmarc
13   5  Tony Walls (QLD)  Objective Racing
14  22  Brenton Ramsay (SA)  V.I.P. Home Services
15  11  Ash Samadi (NSW)  Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden
16  56  Shane Smollen (NSW)  McGrath Estate Agents
17  10  Maurice Pickering (QLD)  Finance EZI/Foxtel
18  39  Adrian Mastronardo (NSW)  Veritas
DNF   7  Warren Luff (QLD)  No Second Chance/Phase 8
DNF  45  Duvashen Padayachee (NSW)  VIP Petfoods
DNF  77  Nick McBride (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts
DNF  13  James Bergmuller (VIC)  Porsche Centre Brighton



Position Driver Points
1 Warren Luff 534
2 Steven Richards 534
3 Craig Baird 448
4 Sam Power 406
5 Nick Foster 404
6 Shae Davies 310
7 Stephen Grove 305
8 Nick McBride 302
9 Michael Patrizi 260
10 Michael Almond 251.5
11 Duvashen Padayachee 223
12 James Bergmuller 221
13 Renee Gracie 188
14 Shane Smollen 186
15 Roger Lago 184
16 Tony Bates 160
17 Tony Walls 154
18 Ash Samadi 145
19 Brenton Ramsay 118.5
20 Marc Cini 98
21 Maurie Pickering 50
22 Adrian Mastronardo 48
23 Dean Koutsoumidis 31


STANDINGS: Professional 

Position Driver Points
1 Warren Luff 552
2 Steven Richards 552
3 Craig Baird 463
4 Sam Power 427
5 Nick Foster 404
6 Shae Davies 341
7 Nick McBride 320
8 Michael Almond 313
9 Renee Gracie 300
10 Michael Patrizi 276
11 Duvashen Padayachee 253.5



Position Driver Points
1 Stephen Grove 603
2 James Bergmuller 506
3 Roger Lago 494
4 Tony Bates 450
5 Shane Smollen 387
6 Tony Walls 373
7 Ash Samadi 343
8 Brenton Ramsay 318
9 Marc Cini 306
10 Maurie Pickering 171
11 Adrian Mastronardo 168
12 Dean Koutsoumidis 119

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