Murray wins Townsville Carrera Cup opener

Cooper Murray pic: Cooper Murray Racing Facebook

Cooper Murray grabbed his maiden Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia victory in Race 1 of Round 5 at the Watpac Townsville 400.

Murray got the better jump off the front row of the grid and cleared pole-sitter Roger Lago before the braking zone for Turn 2.

From there, the 17-year-old cleared off out front and crossed the line with a 6.5s lead over Warren Luff and Michael Almond.

On Lap 1, Pro-Am runner Lago held onto second position in front of a furious pack after stunningly clinching the outright pole position in qualifying.

Dale Wood momentarily got in front of Luff for third before they swapped back around in a tight squabble on the opening laps.

Cameron Hill passed a fast-starting Jordan Love for sixth, who then fell into the clutches of Thomas Maxwell.

Luff eventually got by Lago at Turn 9, with Wood and Michael Almond following through on Lago at the next corner.

Maxwell made contact with the rear of Love’s car at Turn 13, turning the West Australian around, with Steve Richards forced to take evasive action.

Both Richards and Love lost a significant amount of time, falling outside the top 15, while Maxwell copped a drive-through penalty which saw him drop to last on the road.

Almond made his move on team-mate Wood to go into third with a handful of laps to go.

The order remained the same until the chequered flag, with Murray heading home Luff, Almond, Wood, and Lago who held onto fifth outright and the Pro-Am win.

Tim Miles made contact with fellow Pro-Am competitors Dean Cook and Scott Taylor at Turn 13 in the opening exchanges, damaging Miles’ steering and forcing him to retire.

Love recovered to 12th at the flag.

The second race of the weekend for Carrera Cup Australia will be on Sunday at 0910 AEST.

Results: Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia Race 1

1    36 Lodge Brothers                Cooper Murray (VIC)      Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:10.4504
2     7 MEGA/No Second Chance         Warren Luff (QLD)        Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:16.9554
3    77 Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts/PSA Au Michael Almond (SA)      Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:17.8891
4   100 Sonic/Polyflor                Dale Wood (VIC)          Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:21.8135
5    23 Dayco / Lago Cold Stores      Roger Lago (QLD)         Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:28.9572
6   111 Seears Workwear               Cameron Hill (ACT)       Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:30.0916
7    38 PAYCE                         David Wall (NSW)         Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:30.4042
8     8 Porsche Centre Melbourne      Nick McBride (VIC)       Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:31.1639
9    34 Hyundai Forklifts Australia   Duvashen Padayachee NSW  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:31.6331
10   19 Hallmark Homes                Anthony Gilbertson (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:32.2335
11   20 Agas National                 Adrian Flack (QLD)       Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:33.5078
12  777 Sonic / Bob Jane T-Marts/SRG  Jordan Love (WA)         Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:37.9097
13   27 Wash It                       Liam Talbot (NSW)        Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:40.1600
14   13 The Bend Motorsport Park/HTFU Sam Shahin (SA)          Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:41.0282
15   12 O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Steve Richards (VIC)     Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:41.0319
16   22 BMF                           Dean Cook (VIC)          Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:41.7255
17  222 Scott Taylor Motorsport       Scott Taylor (QLD)       Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:55.9168
18    9 Hallmarc                      Michael Loccisano (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:56.2041
19    5 Sonic                         Thomas Maxwell (NT)      Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:56.7390
20   35 Hyundai Forklifts Australia   Indiran Padayachee (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 16 20:58.5875
DNF   6 Garage 1                      Tim Miles (NSW)          Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1  1:32.0882

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