Richards takes two from three in Carrera Cup

Richards has won five of the six races contested so far in 2015

Richards has won five of the six races contested so far in 2015

Steven Richards’ hot start to his Carrera Cup title defence has continued with overall victory at the second round at Albert Park.

After winning all three races at the opening round in Adelaide, Richards took two of this weekend’s three races and finished second in the other.

In today’s final race he got a great start while Craig Baird jumped ahead of Nick McBride and Cam McConville to second by the opening turn.

After winning the opening race on Friday, McBride’s weekend came undone when he banged wheels with Shae Davies off the start. He was forced out of the race with damaged suspension.

Over the opening laps Baird pushed Richards, but the defending champion fended off the challenge and then edged out in front through to the chequered flag.

Baird home in a close second with McConville just as close back in third, likewise Davies in fourth.

“I’m driving with a lot of confidence at the moment; it’s the best car I’ve ever driven anywhere in any category; I love driving it and I think that’s when you drive at your best,” said Richards.

“You can’t take these results lightly; this is an unbelievably competitive championship so I’m making the most of it now because I don’t know how many I’ve got left. The less experienced guys have more experience at the coming circuits than Adelaide and Albert Park so the competition is only going to get tougher.”

One of the big movers in the race was Nick Foster, who climbed from 10th on the grid to finish fifth.

Max Twigg made it three from three in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge for the semi-pro racers; again in amongst the professional drivers at the finish.

“Race three was the most enjoyable race of the weekend as I held onto the professional drivers a lot longer and I think if we started with some more pressure in the front tyres we would have stayed there,” said Twigg.

The Carrera Cup next goes racing at the end of May with the mini-enduro event at Phillip Island.

RESULTS: Race 3 – Carrera Cup : Albert Park

Pos No. Driver Sponsor
1   1 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing and Electrical
2   8 Craig Baird Porsche Centre Melbourne
3  14 Cam McConville OPS Gateway
4  88 Shae Davies Scott Taylor Motorsport
5 777 Nick Foster Bob Jane T-Marts
6  10 David Russell Finanze EZI
7   7 Matt Campbell Phase 8
8  22 Richard Muscat Wilson Sec/PAYCE/Genis Steel
9  26 Michael Almond Copyworld
10  65 Fraser Ross Porsche Centre Brighton
11   5 Spike Goddard Spike Racing
12  45 Duvashen Padayachee VIP Petfoods
13  18 Max Twigg
14  11 Simon Hodge Team BRM
15  23 Roger Lago JBS Australia
16  56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents
17  24 Tony Bates AFS/Ned Whiskey & Cola
18   4 Stephen Grove Grove Group
19   9 Marc Cini Hallmarc/PIARC
20   6 Ash Samadi Apartment Hotel
21  39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas
22  13 James Bergmuller Motorone Car Care
23  77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts
24 222 Scott Taylor Scott Taylor Motorsport



Position Driver Points
1 Steven Richards 354
2 Craig Baird 278
3 Cam McConville 250
4 Nick McBride 249
5 David Russell 238
6 Richard Muscat 188
7 Michael Almond 153
8 Matt Campbell 111
9 Shae Davies 107
10 Fraser Ross 97
11 Tony Bates 95
12 Duvashen Padayachee 94
13 Simon Hodge 84
14 Stephen Grove 76
15 Roger Lago 72
16 Shane Smollen 67
17 Nick Foster 56
18 Ash Samadi 51
19 Max Twigg 50
20 Marc Cini 48
21 Spike Goddard 44
22 Scott Taylor 37
23 Adrian Mastronardo 36
24 James Bergmuller 16


STANDINGS: Professional

Position Driver Points
1 Steven Richards 354
2 Craig Baird 278
3 Nick McBride 258
4 Cam McConville 250
5 David Russell 238
6 Richard Muscat 188
7 Michael Almond 153
8 Matt Campbell 118
9 Shae Davies 107
10 Fraser Ross 103
11 Duvashen Padayachee 98
12 Simon Hodge 89
13 Nick Foster 56
14 Spike Goddard 50


 STANDINGS: Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge

Position Driver Points
1 Tony Bates 324
2 Stephen Grove 270
3 Roger Lago 258
4 Shane Smollen 248
5 Ash Samadi 187
6 Max Twigg 180
7 Marc Cini 178
8 Adrian Mastronardo 143
9 Scott Taylor 133
10 James Bergmuller 78


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