Murray snaps Hill streak in Carrera Cup crash-fest

Contact between Sam Shahin and Adrian Flack. Source: Fox Sports

Cooper Murray has clinched his first victory of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia season in a wild Townsville race.

Murray made the most of an excellent start to move from fourth to first on the opening lap, and he would hold position from there as chaos unfolded behind.

On Lap 2, an out-of-control Simon Fallon speared into the back of fifth-placed Craig Lowndes at Turn 2, taking both cars out of action.

That brought out yellow flags – but it wouldn’t be the biggest incident of what was intended to be a 28-lap endurance affair.

An Adrian Flack mistake exiting Turn 3 on Lap 13 saw him find the fence and career backwards into the oncoming Porsche of Sam Shahin.

The massive impact vaulted Shahin into the air and plucked the rear-left wheel from his car.

Having looked to the skies as if to rue his bad luck, Shahin then ran to the aid of Flack to help him to safety.

The race would eventually restart on Lap 18, with Murray relatively unchallenged on his way to taking the chequered flag on Lap 23 (due to a time certain finish).

Series leader Cameron Hill had to settle for second, bringing to an end his six-race win streak.

Saturday pole-sitter Matt Payne took third, ahead of David Russell, Harri Jones and Michael Almond.

The three drivers to find trouble in Race 1 all charged through the field after starting at the back, Aaron Love rising 13 places to seventh, Dale Wood gaining 14 positions to eighth, and Luke Youlden up 11 spots to finish 10th.

One Carrera Cup race remains this weekend, starting at 12:45 local time/AEST.

Simon Fallon ploughs into the back of Craig Lowndes at Turn 2. Source: Fox Sports

Lowndes is unsure of whether he’ll be able to partake in the Townsville finale.

“It’s one of those things, we knew it was going to be a long race and like anything, it doesn’t matter if you are in Supercars, if you have a problem in the opening couple of laps you’re out for the weekend,” said Lowndes.

“Hopefully these guys can fix the car but it’s pretty badly damaged in that back corner so we’ll see what happens.

“But look the car, we had a good run yesterday, it’s a credit to these guys and I’m just really disappointed that we couldn’t show what the car can do.”

UPDATE: Lowndes, Flack and Shahin have all been ruled out of Race 3

Race 2 results: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, Townsville

Pos Car Driver Class Laps Race Time
1 36 Cooper Murray (Vic) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 23 37:15.3338
2 111 Cameron Hill (ACT) Mobil Pro 23 37:16.8305
3 21 Matthew Payne (NZ) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 23 37:17.9227
4 23 David Russell (Qld) Mobil Pro 23 37:19.5641
5 12 Harri Jones (Qld) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 23 37:20.8809
6 77 Michael Almond (SA) Mobil Pro 23 37:21.8926
7 78 Aaron Love (WA) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 23 37:22.7563
8 100 Dale Wood (Vic) Mobil Pro 23 37:23.1197
9 76 Christian Pancione (Vic) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 23 37:24.6011
10 28 Luke Youlden (Qld) Mobil Pro 23 37:24.8958
11 38 David Wall (NSW) Mobil Pro 23 37:25.5918
12 8 Nick McBride (Vic) Mobil Pro 23 37:25.9902
13 48 Geoff Emery (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 23 37:29.9563
14 74 Kyle Gurton (Vic) Mobil Pro 23 37:32.5703
15 4 Stephen Grove (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 23 37:33.3829
16 22 Dean Cook (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 23 37:35.2728
17 222 Scott Taylor (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 23 37:49.2298
18 9 Marc Cini (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 22 37:49.6701
DNF 20 Adrian Flack (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 12 19:21.7620
DNF 13 Sam Shahin (SA) Morris Finance Pro-Am 12 19:22.9080
DNF 338 Craig Lowndes (Qld) Mobil Pro 1 1:25.3976
DNF 777 Simon Fallon (Vic) Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior 1 1:26.5518

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