Wall wins in dramatic end to Carrera Cup opener

David Wall won Race 1 at Mount Panorama. Picture: Ross Gibb

David Wall has led from lights to flag in the opening race of Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia at Mount Panorama.

The Wall Racing driver was largely untroubled for the lion’s share of what was a shortened seven-lap race due to a delayed start, down from 11 laps, only to have Aaron Love put in a late charge.

Pushing to get past Wall at the death, Love got loose at Sulman Park and tagged the outside wall.

That put an end to his hopes of a win as he nursed his wounded car to the chequered flag, dropping off the road at The Chase and ceding second position to Cameron Hill.

It was a clean start initially, Wall getting the jump on the field into Hell Corner from pole position.

Wall left second place starter Hill to battle with Harri Jones, the latter who ended up embroiled in a battle with Love.

Love moved into the podium positions with a pass on Jones on approach to The Chase, netting third.

At the end of Lap 1 it was Wall who led Hill, Love, Jones, Cooper Murray, Max Vidau, David Russell, Matthew Payne, Nick McBride, and Craig Lowndes.

Dale Wood was the biggest mover on the first lap, gaining eight places to 18th.

Love continued his charge with an identical pass to the one he did on Jones on Hill come Lap 2.

Moments later, eighth placed Payne locked up on approach to the left-hander, getting into the back of Russell ahead of him.

Come Lap 5, Vidau lost control of his car at Murray’s Corner, falling from 11th to 18th.

A late charge from Love saw the youngster come within striking distance of Wall with just one lap remaining.

With less than half a second between them, Love got loose on approach to Sulman Park.

Love wagged his tail over the kerb and narrowly missed the wall on his left although he couldn’t save his car from slapping the wall on his right.

It was immediately evident the #78 had been bent, the car crabbing as Love nursed his way back.

Wall streaked away to claim a 4.4s win while Hill got the best of Love who fell off the road at The Chase.

Murray was fourth, Jones fifth, and Lowndes sixth. McBride, Michael Almond, Simon Fallon, and Russell completed the top 10.

Race 2 of the weekend gets underway tomorrow at 14:45 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 1, Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia

Pos Car Driver Class Race Time Fastest Lap
1 38 David Wall Pro 14:54.4096 2:06.9208
2 111 Cameron Hill Pro 14:58.8378 2:07.3255
3 78 Aaron Love Pro 14:59.5564 2:06.8165*
4 36 Cooper Murray Pro 15:00.0445 2:07.3582
5 12 Harri Jones Pro 15:02.3372 2:07.2258
6 338 Craig Lowndes Pro 15:06.2227 2:07.9345
7 8 Nick McBride Pro 15:07.6360 2:08.1327
8 77 Michael Almond Pro 15:07.9353 2:07.8233
9 777 Simon Fallon Pro 15:10.0832 2:08.4030
10 23 David Russell Pro 15:12.9531 2:07.6663
11 21 Matthew Payne Pro 15:16.1759 2:08.0314
12 76 Christian Pancione Pro 15:17.2130 2:09.1266
13 11 Jackson Walls Pro 15:23.0862 2:09.7814
14 100 Dale Wood Pro 15:23.4108 2:08.6002
15 17 Callum Hedge Pro 15:25.0914 2:09.2429
16 13 Sam Shahin Pro-Am 15:32.4164 2:11.1090
17 7 Tim Miles Pro-Am 15:36.5973 2:11.5344
18 28 Max Vidau Pro 15:39.8158 2:11.3338
19 48 Geoff Emery Pro-Am 15:50.7766 2:12.7390
20 22 Dean Cook Pro-Am 15:54.3863 2:13.2236
21 9 Marc Cini Pro-Am 16:07.1395 2:15.8644
22 35 Indiran Padayachee Pro-Am 16:07.3123 2:14.9360
23 222 Scott Taylor Pro-Am 16:15.3344 2:16.6215
24 86 Drew Hall Pro-Am 16:25.1095 2:14.3333
25 74 Ben Stack Pro-Am 16:28.0654 2:12.3416
26 82 Madeline Stewart Pro 16:28.2932 2:17.6585

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