Love etches name into Carrera Cup history

Aaron Love

Aaron Love has taken the first pole position of the new era of Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia.

A late call-up to the Sonic Motor Racing Services squad, Love banged in a 1:49.3236s before a Christian Pancione incident brought out the red flags.

With an early end to proceedings, Love was ensured the mantle of being the maiden pole-sitter since the Type 992 Cup car entered Australian competition.

“Getting pole is a great way to spend my flying visit here to Melbourne,” he said.

“It’s so great to come back and have all the support from the team, especially Rod [Jane] with Bob Jane T-Marts on the car. The effort from the team after Practice 1 made it great to get back out there and have an unreal car to drive around.

“There is no better place to get my first pole position in Carrera Cup, so I’m feeling great.

“The track is quite a bit of fun now and down the back is so much faster, and it definitely suits these cars better than the old track because you can really use that aero grip for racing especially with the big draft down the back. I can’t wait to get racing.”

His closest rival proved to be Tekworkx Motorsport’s Max Vidau, whose team-mate Luke Youlden will start fourth.

Nick McBride split the Tekworkx entries, while Pancione wound up fifth.

Familiar names such as 2021 front-runner Harri Jones (12th) were buried back in the pack, although he still qualified ahead of Bathurst 1000 starters Dale Wood (13th), Dylan O’Keeffe (16th) and David Russell (19th).

Wall Racing’s Liam Talbot led the way in Pro-Am.

“It was an eerily smooth session and nothing really to report, except obviously the track is still lacking any sort of grip which make the car a little loose in the rear, but they are really first world problems,” Talbot said.

“We just got a pole position in the first round which is a great way to start the year.”

Race 1 for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia is scheduled for 11:00 AEST tomorrow.

Results: Qualifying

Pos Car Driver Class Time Gap
1 999 Aaron Love (WA) Pro 1:49.3236
2 72 Max Vidau (SA) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:49.6220 0:00.2984
3 8 Nick McBride (Vic) Pro 1:49.7632 0:00.4396
4 53 Luke Youlden (Qld) Pro 1:49.8150 0:00.4914
5 76 Christian Pancione (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:49.8356 0:00.5120
6 38 David Wall (NSW) Pro 1:49.9352 0:00.6116
7 11 Jackson Walls (NSW) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:49.9663 0:00.6427
8 5 Ryan Suhle (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:50.0118 0:00.6882
9 6 Angelo Mouzouris (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:50.0827 0:00.7591
10 333 Brad Shiels (ACT) Pro 1:50.1614 0:00.8378
11 17 Callum Hedge (NZ) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:50.2328 0:00.9092
12 12 Harri Jones (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:50.3065 0:00.9829
13 100 Dale Wood (Vic) Pro 1:50.5991 0:01.2755
14 28 Bayley Hall (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:50.6695 0:01.3459
15 25 Michael Almond (SA) Pro 1:51.1116 0:01.7880
16 777 Simon Fallon (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 1:51.1714 0:01.8478
17 88 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic) Pro 1:51.1931 0:01.8695
18 27 Liam Talbot (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:51.2535 0:01.9299
19 74 David Russell (Qld) Pro 1:51.4115 0:02.0879
20 48 Geoff Emery (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:52.1240 0:02.8004
21 45 Duvashen Padayachee NSW Pro 1:52.1748 0:02.8512
22 4 Stephen Grove (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:52.8076 0:03.4840
23 14 Matthew Belford (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:52.9588 0:03.6352
24 22 Dean Cook (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:54.0688 0:04.7452
25 7 Tim Miles (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:54.6124 0:05.2888
26 86 Drew Hall (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:55.6621 0:06.3385
27 9 Marc Cini (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:55.9152 0:06.5916
28 101 Tony Quinn (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:56.1209 0:06.7973
29 222 Scott Taylor (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:57.3395 0:08.0159
30 13 Sam Shahin (SA) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1:59.0254 0:09.7018
31 77 Rodney Jane (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 2:00.1689 0:10.8453

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