Alex Davison takes overall Carrera Cup honours

The Carrera Cup podium at Albert Park with pro and Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge

The Carrera Cup podium at Albert Park with pro and Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge

Alex Davison has taken the Carrera Cup round victory with his third win from four races in the final 10-lap encounter at Albert Park.

Like in Race #3, Davison got a great start to head Steve Richards and Nick McBride into the opening turn.

Although Richards pressed in opening laps, Davison soon settled into a groove and he built a handy margin.

The battle for third quickly heated up with Matt Campbell finding his way through on McBride on the opening lap. However, a great seesawing battle soon become the fight for the race with McBride taking back third on the sixth lap. Campbell lost another spot to Ash Walsh one lap later.

Up front Davison was silky smooth notching up his 40th individual race win and first overall round victory since Adelaide in 2012. Overall for the weekend had McBride increasing his points lead in second overall and Richards in third.

“That race was really good as we had used rubber on and I thought that Matt Campbell on fresh tyres would be coming,” said Davison.

“I got a gap, but Richo never let me relax. The crew worked the tyre pressures and the car seemed to get better as the race went on.

“I wasn’t expecting results like this so early in the year as I have only just started working with this crew.

“Qualifying wasn’t great for us starting sixth, but we bounced back pretty quickly and then to have three wins is awesome – I’m rapt.”

In the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge Stephen Grove led early in the semi-pro category while James Bergmuller tried a late braking lunge on Shane Smollen. As Bergmuller slid sideways he missed both Smollen and Grove and was forced to run across the gravel trap.

One corner later Tony Bates went off the road and was buried in the sand.

Smollen went through to take the race win, but it was Grove who took the overall weekend honours. A popular second overall in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge going the way of Adrian Mastronardo with Smollen in third.

“To come and win in Melbourne on the Grand Prix weekend and be on the top step where the Formula One guys will stand is just awesome,” said Grove.

“To come here and fight and fight and fight. Shane Smollen had a better car in that race and I had to think about winning the round and the bigger picture being the championship”.

Next for the Carrera Cup is the Rennsport two-driver Pro-Am at Sydney Motorsport Park 29 April to 1 May.

RESULTS: Carrera Cup – Race 4 : Albert Park

Pos No Driver Team Class
1 25 Alex Davison Wilson Parking P
2 12 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing and Electrical P
3 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts P
4 777 Ash Walsh Bob Jane T-Marts/Infants Friend P
5 7 Matt Campbell Nuveau Construct. Qld/Phase 8 P
6 38 David Wall Wilson Security P
7 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX P
8 26 Michael Almond Copyworld P
9 8 Dean Fiore Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne P
10 54 James Abela Horsley Park Gunshop P
11 88 Dylan O’Keeffe Allstar Equipment/Dexion Supply P
12 21 Garth Walden CIP/GWR P
13 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents C
14 4 Stephen Grove Grove Hire C
15 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas Property Group C
16 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc C
17 13 James Bergmuller C
DNF 360 Fraser Ross 360 Fly P
DNF 24 Tony Bates Moveitnet/A.F.S. C



Pos Driver Total
1 Alex Davison 167
2 Matt Campbell 140
3 Nick McBride 144
4 Steven Richards 141
5 David Wall 73.5
6 Fraser Ross 70
7 Michael Almond 64
8 Duvashen Padayachee 56
9 James Abela 44
10 Dean Fiore 42
11 Garth Walden 40.5
12 Ash Walsh 70.5
13 Dylan O’Keeffe 35.5
14 Stephen Grove 33.5
15 Tony Bates 28.5
16 Adrian Mastronardo 23.5
17 James Bergmuller 19
18 Shane Smollen 18
19 Marc Cini 12.5


ROUND POINTS: Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge

Pos Driver Total
1 Stephen Grove 171
2 Tony Bates 113
3 Adrian Mastronardo 131
4 James Bergmuller 104
5 Shane Smollen 117
6 Marc Cini 82.5


Pos Driver Total
1 Nick McBride 300
2 Matt Campbell 276.5
3 Alex Davison 276.5
4 Michael Almond 223.5
5 Steven Richards 209
6 David Wall 198.5
7 Ash Walsh 178.5
8 Fraser Ross 170
9 Dean Fiore 140
10 Duvashen Padayachee 130
11 Tony Bates 92.5
12 Garth Walden 68.5
13 Stephen Grove 68
14 Adrian Mastronardo 63
15 Shane Smollen 62.5
16 James Abela 61
17 James Bergmuller 60.5
18 Dylan O’Keeffe 33
19 Marc Cini 30


Pos Driver Total
1 Tony Bates 292.5
2 Stephen Grove 267
3 Adrian Mastronardo 236.5
4 Shane Smollen 225
5 James Bergmuller 223.5
6 Marc Cini 190.5

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