Love wins Carrera Cup Race 1 with early pass

Jordan Love

Jordan Love put an early pass on Nick McBride to claim victory in the Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia endurance cup race at Bathurst.

Love crossed the line less than a second ahead of David Wall, while Cooper Murray was third at the end of the opening, 16-lap encounter of the weekend.

McBride and Love got the jump off the start and moved ahead of pole-sitter Wall, before Love sailed around the outside of the McBride at Griffins Bend to take over the top spot.

McBride then lost out to Wall who grabbed second, with the former also falling behind Murray at The Chase.

The Safety Car was deployed on Lap 4 after Cameron Hill stopped on track on the approach to The Cutting.

Hill and McBride had made side-to-side contact in the braking zone for Griffins Bend, resulting in the former to parking up against the fence.

Green flag racing resumed on Lap 7 as Love held fort at the front of the field from Wall and Murray.

The top three closed up on Lap 11 after Love made a mistake at The Esses and narrowly missed hitting the wall at the Dipper.

However, the order remained the same until the chequered flag, despite Murray having a look under brakes at the final corner on Wall.

Nick McBride and Dale Wood were fourth and fifth respectively, while Steven Richards, Michael Almond, Thomas Maxwell and Adrian Flack completed the top 10 overall.

The Pro-Am class victory was decided at the last corner on the last lap with Flack putting a dive-bomb on then-class leader Liam Talbot.

Flack completed the move, while Talbot spun on his own, however he did not lose any further positions.

Race 2 of Round 7 takes place on Saturday at 1355 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Cls Laps Race time
1 777 Sonic / Bob Jane T-Marts/SRG Jordan Love P 15 37:30.3470
2 38 PAYCE David Wall P 15 37:31.1306
3 36 Lodge Brothers Cooper Murray P 15 37:31.3956
4 8 Porsche Centre Melbourne Nick McBride P 15 37:34.8761
5 100 Sonic/Polyflor Dale Wood P 15 37:38.0346
6 12 O’Brien Electrical and Plumb Steve Richards P 15 37:38.4817
7 77 Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts/PSA Aus Michael Almond P 15 37:38.7720
8 5 Sonic Thomas Maxwell P 15 37:45.8905
9 20 Agas National Adrian Flack A 15 37:49.0412
10 27 Wash It Liam Talbot A 15 37:56.8355
11 4 Grove Group Stephen Grove A 15 38:04.4181
12 23 Dayco / Lago Cold Stores Roger Lago A 15 38:04.8429
13 34 Hyundai Forklifts Australia Duvashen Padayachee P 15 38:05.5838
14 6 Garage 1 Tim Miles A 15 38:08.0568
15 22 BMF Dean Cook A 15 38:13.4340
16 13 The Bend Motorsport Park/HTFU Sam Shahin A 15 38:15.6184
17 9 Hallmarc Marc Cini A 15 38:36.8994
18 30 DRM Motorsport David Ryan A 15 38:48.7017
19 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor A 15 39:01.5985
20 35 Hyundai Forklifts Australia Indiran Padayachee A 15 39:06.2147
DNF 111 Seears Workwear Cameron Hill P 3 6:40.9408

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