McBride scores maiden Carrera Cup round win

Nick McBride has scored his first overall Carrera Cup round win

Nick McBride has scored his first overall Carrera Cup round win

Nick McBride has taken his first overall win in the Carrera Cup after a truly wild final race of the weekend in Adelaide.

McBride was the first driver to take the chequered flag, but he was judged to have jumped the start and was given a 5-second penalty. The race three winner was Michael Almond.

The pattern of the race was on from the start when Race #2 winner, and pole man, Ash Walsh got loose in the first chicane. He popped a tyre on the left-rear and he went into the fence and out of the race.

The race was re-started on lap #4 following the Safety Car with Dylan O’Keeffe got it all wrong heading into the streetside hairpin and took out Garth Walden along the way.

Stephen Grove had to do his best to avoid that incident, but then on Lap #8 he stopped on the circuit with a technical issue.

Steve Richards looked set to take the race win, but he then found the fence on Turn 11 and was forced out of the race.

With Almond aware of the penalty to McBride, he could then concentrate on any attack that would come from behind. That soon came in the shape of Matt Campbell, who along with Alex Davison, were charging up through the field.

At the end, the positions were maintained with a popular overall podium of McBride, Almond and Campbell.

Tony Bates continued his super form at the Adelaide race in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge. After sweeping all three races over the previous two visits; he did it again this weekend to gain maximum points in the semi-professional category. Second overall was Marc Cini with James Bergmuller in third.

The Carrera Cup next heads to Albert Park for the Grand Prix support event in a fortnight’s time.

VIDEO: Race #3 interviews

 

RESULTS: Carrera Cup Race 3 – Adelaide

POS No. Driver Team Class
1 26 Michael Almond Copyworld P
2 7 Matt Campbell Nuveau Construct. Qld/Phase 8 P
3 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts P
4 25 Alex Davison Wilson Parking P
5 38 David Wall Wilson Security P
6 360 Fraser Ross 360 Fly P
7 8 Dean Fiore Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne P
8 24 Tony Bates Moveitnet/A.F.S. C
9 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX P
10 54 James Abela Horsley Park Gunshop P
11 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc C
12 13 James Bergmuller pricepressure.com.au C
13 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas Property Group C
DNF 12 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing and Electrical P
DNF 4 Stephen Grove Grove Hire C
DNF 21 Garth Walden CIP/GWR P
DNF 88 Dylan O’Keeffe Allstar Equipment/Dexion Supply P
DNF 777 Ash Walsh Bob Jane T-Marts/Infants Friend P
DNF 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents C

 

POINTS: Overall

Pos Driver Points
1 Nick McBride 156
2 Michael Almond 140
3 Matt Campbell 137
4 Alex Davison 110
5 Ash Walsh 108
6 David Wall 101
7 Fraser Ross 100
8 Dean Fiore 81
9 Steven Richards 68
10 Tony Bates 64
11 Duvashen Padayachee 52
12 Marc Cini 40
13 James Bergmuller 35
14 Shane Smollen 34
15 James Abela 32
16 Adrian Mastronardo 31
17 Stephen Grove 25
18 Garth Walden 16
19 Dylan O’Keeffe 14

 

POINTS: Overall

Pos Driver Points
1 Nick McBride 156
2 Michael Almond 140
3 Matt Campbell 137
4 Alex Davison 110
5 Ash Walsh 108
6 David Wall 101
7 Fraser Ross 100
8 Dean Fiore 81
9 Steven Richards 68
10 Duvashen Padayachee 60
11 James Abela 39
12 Garth Walden 20
13 Dylan O’Keeffe 18

 

POINTS: Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge

Pos Driver Points
1 Tony Bates 180
2 Marc Cini 138
3 James Bergmuller 120
4 Shane Smollen 108
5 Adrian Mastronardo 106
6 Stephen Grove 96

 

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