Crash ends Longhurst’s Carrera Cup debut
Tony Longhurst’s debut in the Carrera Cup series is over after a heavy crash in qualifying at Mount Panorama.
Longhurst lost control of his Porsche in the Esses, slamming into the inside wall head-on.
The front of the car bore the brunt of the damage as the double Bathurst 1000 winner tired to drive the car further down the track before eventually parking it at the top of Conrod Straight.
“I was on a lot better lap than I was on the previous one,” Longhurst explained to Speedcafe.com.
“I came over Skyline just a touch fast then when I hit the kerb I lost control of the car. It’s very disappointing because I wanted to do the whole weekend.
“She’s a wreck, (it’s) binned now. It looks like it’s going to need a new roll cage, body shell the whole lot.
“I was driving fast and I was comfortable but I was just trying too hard.
“The Cup car reminded me of the old BMW M3 DTM car I used to drive. It was awesome so I’m gutted that I can’t run in the races but I did it to myself.”
The crashed ended qualifying with around 90-seconds still to run with Matt Campbell scoring his sixth-straight pole position to equal the consecutive pole sequence of Jim Richards in 2003.
The first three positions on the grid will be occupied by double-duty drivers with David Wall starting second and Steve Richards third.
Dean Fiore, who late yesterday crashed in the same area as Longhurst, returned to the track for qualifying and set the 13th fastest time.
An impressive performance from Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge driver Shane Smollen saw him set the fastest time in the semi-professional category as he took ninth overall of the 22 cars which took part in the session.
The opening race of the Carrera Cup is set down for 2.25pm.
VIDEO: Pole winners speak after qualifying
QUALIFYING : Carrera Cup – Mount Panorama
|1||7||Matt Campbell||Nuveau Constructions / Phase 8||P||2:07.4614|
|2||38||David Wall||Wilson Security||P||+0.6883|
|3||12||Steven Richards||Laser Plumbing and Electrical||P||+0.7031|
|5||77||Nick McBride||Bob Jane T-Marts||P||+1.2321|
|6||25||Alex Davison||Wilson Parking||P||+1.3736|
|8||777||Ash Walsh||Bob Jane T-Marts / Infants Frind||P||+1.4973|
|9||56||Shane Smollen||McGrath Estate Agents||C||+2.3773|
|10||88||Dylan O’Keeffe||Allstar Equipment / Dexion Supplies||P||+2.7518|
|11||45||Duvashen Padayachee||Darrell Lea STIX||P||+2.8388|
|12||54||James Abela||Horsley Park Gunshop||P||+2.9161|
|13||8||Dean Fiore||Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne||P||+3.0620|
|14||18||Max Twigg||DNA Racing/Beyond Blue||G||+3.6622|
|15||11||Tony Longhurst||The Boatworks||G||+3.7885|
|16||24||Tony Bates||Moveitnet / C Tech Laser||C||+4.1729|
|17||32||Daniel Stutterd||DJS Racing||G||+4.1824|
|19||4||Stephen Grove||Grove Hire||C||+4.3164|
|20||39||Adrian Mastronardo||Veritas Porperty Group||C||+5.2390|
|21||222||Scott Taylor||Scott Taylor Motorsport||C||+6.4815|