Davies snares Carrera Cup pole

Shae Davies will start from pole for the first Carrera Cup race

Shae Davies will start from pole for the first Carrera Cup race

Shae Davies has smashed the qualifying lap record as he took pole position for the opening Carrera Cup race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

With the track still drying after overnight rain, the opening half of the 30-minute session saw drivers finding the limit both on and off the racing line.

With the track drying, the times tumbled and a range of drivers held the fastest time as the minutes wound down.

Davies, who is only running a part time schedule in the Carrera Cup due to a full time run in the V8 Dunlop Series, was on the pace throughout and he took the fastest time ahead of Nick Foster and Matt Campbell.

David Russell and defending champion and points leader Steve Richards rounded out the top five. In fact the top 10 all went under the lap record set two years ago by Alex Davison in the previous GT3 model. Last year’s corresponding qualifying session at Sydney Motorsport Park was run in wet conditions.

Points leader in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge, Shane Smollen, was quickest amongst the semi-pro racers.

On a busy day for the Carrera Cup the opening race will be run mid-morning with the second 19-lap race later in the afternoon.

VIDEO: Davies and Smollen speak after qualifying


QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Sydney Motorsport Park

Pos No Driver Team Class Time Gap
1 88 Shae Davies Davbridge Constructions PRO 1:29.3396R
2 777 Nick Foster Bob Jane T-Marts PRO 1:29.4403r 0.1007
3 7 Matt Campbell Phase 8 PRO 1:29.6450r 0.3054
4 10 David Russell Finanze Ezi PRO 1:29.7301r 0.3905
5 1 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing & Electrical PRO 1:30.1386r 0.7990
6 26 Michael Almond Copyworld PRO 1:30.2674r 0.9278
7 8 Craig Baird Porsche Centre Melbourne PRO 1:30.4018r 1.0622
8 65 Fraser Ross Porsche Centre Brighton PRO 1:30.5305r 1.1909
9 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts PRO 1:30.5621r 1.2225
10 25 John Martin Copyworld PRO 1:30.6051r 1.2655
11 22 Richard Muscat Wilson Security / PAYCE / Geni PRO 1:30.7532 1.4136
12 11 Simon Hodge Team BRM PRO 1:30.8942 1.5546
13 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX PRO 1:31.1798 1.8402
14 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents THC 1:31.8719 2.5323
15 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas THC 1:32.5576 3.2180
16 6 Ash Samadi Apartment Hotel THC 1:32.8750 3.5354
17 13 James Bergmuller MotorOne Car Care THC 1:32.9211 3.5815
18 4 Stephen Grove Grove Group THC 1:33.5750 4.2354
19 222 Scott Taylor Scott Taylor Motorsport THC 1:33.9795 4.6399
20 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc THC 1:36.2468 6.9072


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