Wall and Smollen win Carrera Cup Pro-Am

Sunday 28th May, 2017 - 3:07pm


The Wall/Smollen combination took Pro-Am victory

David Wall and Shane Smollen have combined to take overall honours at the Carrera Cup Pro-Am, while Dean Grant and Lee Holdsworth took the Race #2 win in an event mixed-up by rain.

With showers just prior to the start only Rob Woods actually went to the starting grid on wet tyres; Grant and Daniel Gaunt coming to the pitlane after the warm-up lap and effectively starting off the rear.

Pole-sitter Dylan Thomas stalled and was clipped by Adam Gowans; both cars hopes ending on the spot.

By just the second lap Gaunt had made his way into the lead and quickly pulled a gap while the majority of the field struggled in the wet conditions. As they pitted, the three cars which started on the wet Michelin rubber put a lap on the field.

Gaunt appeared to be in the box before a safety car for Adam Gilbertson who crashed against the pit side wall after contact with Tim Miles.

With a driver change under green flag conditions required under the rules, the top three appeared to have the race in their hands. However, conditions improved and they remained on the wet tyres.

Sam Shahin, who took over from Gaunt, tumbled back down the field. Holdsworth took over from Grant, but was also on wet tyres, but he kept his head down to protect his lead.

Grant/Holdsworth took the race win

Alex Davison was the man on a charge, driving around Holdsworth and going about pulling a full lap back.

He got to within six-seconds at the end as Holdsworth held on to take the race win.

Duvashen Padayachee, who replaced Woods appeared headed for third, but he was passed on the final corner by both Andre Heimgartner and Wall.

For Wall it was his first over round win, while Smollen again proved his strength as a leading amateur driver in Carrera Cup.

The results have closed-up the championship chase with Heimgartner leading Wall by just 10 points, with Nick McBride back in third.

The mixed results in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge meant that the top three all finished on the same points. However, the trophy went to Grant, ahead points leader Stephen Grove and Shahin.

The Carrera Cup next races as part of the Supercars event at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway on June 16-18.

VIDEO: Post-race interviews

RESULTS: Race #2 – Carrera Cup Pro-Am : Phillip Island

Pos No. Drivers Team Class
1     8  D.Grant/L.Holdsworth  Porsche Centre Melbourne  C
2   888  A.Davison/G.Emery  President Limo Australia  P
3   777  A.Heimgartner/A.Ireland  Rodney Jane Racing  P
4    38  D.Wall/S.Smollen  PAYCE/Wilson Security  P
5    21  R.Woods/D.Padayachee  Platinum Nightclub Broadbeach  C
6     7  J.Evans/T.Miles  Hungry Jacks  P
7     4  S.Grove/T.Slade  Grove Group  C
8     5  C.McConville/T.Bates  Repair Management Australia  P
9    13  S.Shahin/D.Gaunt  HTFU  C
10   131  G.Williams/N.Foster  WRA  C
11    33  S.Ellingham/J.Goodacre  Peak Marketing  P
12     9  M.Cini/D.Fiore  Hallmarc  C
DNF   77  N.McBride/D.Thomas  Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts  P
DNF   54  J. Abela/ A. Gilbertson  Horsley Park Gun Shop  P
DNF   88  D. O’Keeffe/A. Gowans  APB Group / All Star Equipment  P



Pos No. Drivers Team Points
1  38  D.Wall/S.Smollen  PAYCE/Wilson Security  288
2   8  D.Grant/L.Holdsworth  Porsche Centre Melbourne  240
3 777  A.Heimgartner/A.Ireland  Rodney Jane Racing  240
4 888  A.Davison/G.Emery  President Limo Australia  198
5   4  S.Grove/T.Slade  Grove Group  195
6  13  S.Shahin/D.Gaunt  HTFU  195
7  77  N.McBride/D.Thomas  Sonic/Bob Jane T Marts  180
8   7  J.Evans/T.Miles  Hungry Jacks  174
9  21  R.Woods/D.Padayachee  Platinum Nightclub Broadbeach  156
10  88 D.O’Keeffe/A.Gowans  APB Group / All Star Equipment  144
11   9  M.Cini/D.Fiore  Hallmarc  117
12 131  G.Williams/N.Foster  WRA  114
13   5  C.McConville/T.Bates  Repair Management Australia  111
14  33  S.Ellingham/J.Goodacre  Peak Marketing   96
15  54 J. Abela/ A. Gilbertson  Horsley Park Gun Shop   87


Position Driver Points
1 Andre Heimgartner 427
2 David Wall 417
3 Nick McBride 344.5
4 Cameron McConville 322
5 Alex Davison 314
6 Dylan O’Keeffe 294
7 Jaxon Evans 266
8 Stephen Grove 223
9 James Abela 214
10 Marc Cini 154
11 Simon Ellingham 121.5
12 Dean Grant 120
13 Michael Almond 115
14 Sam Shahin 97.5
15 Graham Williams 90
16 Rob Woods 78
17 Lars Kern 70.5
18 Matt Palmer 40
19 Dean Cook 38

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge Standings

Position Driver Points
1 Stephen Grove 513
2 Marc Cini 403.5
3 Graham Williams 220.5
=4 Dean Grant 153
=4 Sam Shahin 153
6 Matt Palmer 144
7 Dean Cook 135
8 Rob Woods 129 comment policy

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