Russell overcomes jump start to take victory

Tom Howard

Saturday 25th October, 2014 - 2:30pm



Russell produces an impressive drive to win despite suffering a jump star

David Russell overcame a jump start penalty to take victory by the smallest margin in Porsche Carrera Cup history at the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600.

Despite receiving a five second penalty added to his race time, polesitter Russell powered on to claim the victory by just 0.0456s from Steven Richards and Nick Foster.

The podium for Richards saw him move to the top of the Carrera Cup standings by a solitary point from Warren Luff, who finished sixth behind reigning champion Craig Baird.

Russell, deputising for regular Roger Lago, emerged in the lead on the run down to the first corner with Richards and Foster in hot pursuit.

Having been hit with a jump start penalty, Russell soon began to motor at the head of the field as he edged a gap from Richards.

Meanwhile, behind Shae Davies, who leapt up to fourth spot from sixth on the grid, was being put under pressure by both Baird and Luff.

By the halfway mark Russell had only opened up a second advantage but an inspired final segment saw him build the required lead which was only secured on the final lap of the race.

Russell posted a new lap record on his final tour as he took the chequered flag from Richards and Foster.

Davies came home in fourth ahead of Baird with Luff surrounding his championship lead in sixth.

Tony Bates took the honours in the Elite Class while Stephen Grove secured the 2014 Elite Class title with a fourth place finish.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Race 1 Result, Gold Coast 

Position Number Sponsor Driver Laps  Time
1 23 JBS Australia David Russell (QLD) 15 18:30.1294
2 12 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Steven Richards (VIC) 15 18:30.1750
3 777 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick Foster (VIC) 15 18:31.5083
4 88 Davbridge Constructions Shae Davies (QLD) 15 18:32.6150
5 1 Bonaire / Wilson Security Craig Baird (VIC) 15 18:36.7038
6 7 No Second Chance/Phase 8 Warren Luff (QLD) 15 18:36.9910
7 27 Childhood Cancer Association Sam Power (SA) 15 18:38.1131
8 26 Copyworld Michael Almond (SA) 15 18:45.8019
9 45 VIP Petfoods Duvashen Padayachee NSW 15 19:00.1283
10 24 Alternative Freight Services / Tony Bates (VIC) 15 19:07.1244
11 56 McGrath Estate Agents Shane Smollen (NSW) 15 19:08.0566
12 13 Porsche Centre Brighton James Bergmuller (VIC) 15 19:12.2928
13 4 Grove Group Stephen Grove (VIC) 15 19:13.2455
14 55 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie (QLD) 15 19:13.6938
15 5 Objective Racing Tony Walls (QLD) 15 19:16.3821
16 9 Hallmarc Marc Cini (VIC) 15 19:18.0768
17 77 Bob Jane T-Marts Nick McBride (VIC) 15 19:24.1307
18 11 Royal Purple Oil / Garth Walde Ash Samadi (NSW) 15 19:30.9072
19 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) 15 19:38.9414
20 10 Finance EZI/Foxtel Maurice Pickering (QLD) 14 18:28.0712
21 38 Wall Racing / Adina Apartment Greg Taylor (NSW) 14 18:40.3942
22 39 Veritas Adrian Mastronardo (NSW 14 19:03.2792
DNF 22 Phenix Motorsport Brenton Ramsay (SA)