Jones claims first Carrera Cup round win

Harri Jones. Picture: McElrea Racing Facebook

Harri Jones has won the third race and overall round at Winton in the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia championship.

David Russell started from pole, but it was Jones who was able to cleanly get the jump, setting up what would be a one-second victory in the end.

Russell ended up finishing in second place, with former Supercars full-timer Dale Wood taking third.

This is Jones’ first round win in Carrera Cup after just 10 round starts, denying veteran Russell.

Jones is now the championship leader, moving up from fourth place heading into Winton.

“That was an awesome race to come away with the win for the weekend and take my first Carrera Cup round,” he said.

“I’m really happy and want to say a massive thank you to the McElrea team, they gave me an absolute rocket this weekend.

“Winton is not our home track, so to come here after many years and get the win, its amazing and credit must go to the work the team has been doing to make our car fast this weekend, where we could get a good start and to lead the flag, I can’t thank everyone enough.

“I had a poor start in the race this morning, so we worked on getting more rear tyre temp and this afternoon it just hooked up.

“I can’t wait for Darwin, we were up there for a two day test a few weeks back, so I can’t wait, the track is absolutely amazing and will definitely be different weather to here. We’ve been freezing all weekend here and up there will be very warm, so looking forward to getting up there and getting amongst it.”

This is the 11th time that Russell has finished on the podium for a round, still without a win.

Five different teams were able to finish in the top five positions, with Dylan O’Keeffe and Simon Fallon fourth and fifth.

An opening lap tangle put Luke Youlden off the road, and with six laps remaining, Michael Almond had a wild spin at the Turn 5 sweeper as he blew a left rear tyre – both were able to finish the race in 13th and 31st, respectively.

Matthew Belford was once again able to win the Pro-Am class, with Rodney Jane in second and Adrian Flack finishing in third.

Carrera Cup returns in four weeks’ time for Round 3 of the championship at Hidden Valley.

Results: Race 3

Pos Car Driver Class Laps Race Time Fastest Lap
1 12 Harri Jones (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:40.6510 1:21.9237
2 74 David Russell (Qld) Pro 15 20:41.7003 1:21.8491
3 100 Dale Wood (Vic) Pro 15 20:43.1059 1:21.9640
4 88 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic) Pro 15 20:43.8499 1:22.1050
5 777 Simon Fallon (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:44.4502 1:22.0286
6 76 Christian Pancione (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:44.8973 1:22.0853
7 38 David Wall (NSW) Pro 15 20:45.7510 1:22.0318
8 72 Max Vidau (SA) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:47.5846 1:21.8013
9 17 Callum Hedge (NZ) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:48.0447 1:21.6173*
10 11 Jackson Walls (NSW) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:49.5158 1:21.9608
11 45 Duvashen Padayachee NSW Pro 15 20:50.3236 1:21.9338
12 28 Bayley Hall (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:50.8824 1:21.9670
13 53 Luke Youlden (Qld) Pro 15 20:51.1946 1:22.0290
14 333 Brad Shiels (ACT) Pro 15 20:51.7707 1:22.0725
15 6 Angelo Mouzouris (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 20:52.5090 1:22.0144
16 8 Nick McBride (Vic) Pro 15 20:57.8778 1:21.9372
17 5 Ryan Suhle (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 15 21:01.6680 1:22.3790
18 14 Matthew Belford (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:10.6315 1:22.9038
19 77 Rodney Jane (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:13.3171 1:22.7313
20 20 Adrian Flack (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:13.6597 1:22.7725
21 13 Sam Shahin (SA) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:14.3475 1:23.0081
22 4 Stephen Grove (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:19.9485 1:23.6513
23 27 Liam Talbot (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:20.9437 1:23.2294
24 86 Drew Hall (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:22.7451 1:23.8962
25 22 Dean Cook (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:22.9416 1:23.7445
26 48 Geoff Emery (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:23.3369 1:23.6628
27 7 Tim Miles (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:24.4686 1:23.8528
28 9 Marc Cini (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 21:51.2821 1:24.9614
29 101 Tony Quinn (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 15 22:06.3566 1:26.0975
30 222 Scott Taylor (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 14 21:41.4343 1:27.2955
31 25 Michael Almond (SA) Pro 13 21:30.1863 1:21.9328

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