Russell cruises to Carrera Cup victory at Winton

David Russell. Picture: Ross Gibb

David Russell has won Race 2 of Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia at Winton Motor Raceway, after a chaotic opening few laps.

Harri Jones started on pole after his race win yesterday, but Russell took the lead off the start and never looked back, leading all 25 laps of the race, with Jones in second and Dylan O’Keeffe finishing in third.

“Early morning it was obviously a nice cold start here, it’s really important to spend a bit of time getting the rears up to temperature,” said Russell.

“We got a good start, got on the inside of Dylan and then we had enough to get on the inside of Harri, he didn’t make it easy but we’re fighting for race wins here, so I expected him to shut the door.

“After that it was good, I could control the pace it was just unfortunate with the incidents in that race, as it was sketchy with all the coolant and you had to drive off the racing line to avoid sliding off the track.

“I’m stoked for the EMA guys, its only our second race meeting with the team and all the boys have been working extremely hard, so it’s good to get the win here in front of our major sponsor Dayco.

“It’s my first win in Carrera Cup since Bathurst 2015, so it’s been a while since I’ve been a permanent driver in the championship too, so it feels great to get the win.”

Multiple Pro-Am contenders were wiped out after a late first lap pile-up, which involved the likes of Geoff Emery, Stephen Grove, and Liam Talbot.

Several drivers in the 31-car field had off-road excursions in the laps that followed, after Talbot dropped coolant across the track due to the damage he sustained on Lap 1.

Sonic Motor Racing Services driver Simon Fallon was the big winner amongst the chaos, picking up 10 positions to finish in seventh.

Rookie Matthew Belford, who entered this round sitting in last place in the championship was able to grab the race win in the Pro-Am class, holding off veteran Rodney Jane in a close finish.

This was Belford’s second ever round in Carrera Cup, earning his first pole yesterday, and his first win today.

“That was a wild race I just missed the coolant, but got a good start and the guys in front tangled on the last corner, so I just missed them and managed to get in front,” said Belford.

“Rodney Jane was all over me twice and I gapped him a couple times and then he came back and we had a dice right to the finish, so it was a great race.”

Sam Shahin, who did not finish yesterday’s race, rounded out the Race 2 Pro-Am podium.

Carrera Cup returns for a third and final race of the weekend at 14:20 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 2

Pos Car Driver Class Laps Race Time Fastest Lap
1 74 David Russell (Qld) Pro 25 34:23.5921 1:21.0493
2 12 Harri Jones (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:25.2462 1:21.2566
3 88 Dylan O’Keeffe (Vic) Pro 25 34:27.5627 1:21.4633
4 100 Dale Wood (Vic) Pro 25 34:28.1006 1:21.5539
5 53 Luke Youlden (Qld) Pro 25 34:28.6871 1:21.2541
6 38 David Wall (NSW) Pro 25 34:29.6320 1:21.3429
7 777 Simon Fallon (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:31.2603 1:21.3932
8 76 Christian Pancione (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:31.9238 1:20.9410*
9 72 Max Vidau (SA) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:35.5163 1:21.3679
10 17 Callum Hedge (NZ) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:35.8648 1:21.5614
11 11 Jackson Walls (NSW) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:37.0384 1:21.4928
12 25 Michael Almond (SA) Pro 25 34:40.6480 1:21.3615
13 6 Angelo Mouzouris (Vic) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:41.2309 1:21.0129
14 333 Brad Shiels (ACT) Pro 25 34:41.8970 1:21.5822
15 28 Bayley Hall (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:42.1744 1:21.3430
16 45 Duvashen Padayachee NSW Pro 25 34:48.5293 1:21.6926
17 5 Ryan Suhle (Qld) Pro / Michelin Junior 25 34:56.4819 1:21.3286
18 14 Matthew Belford (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 25 35:09.2948 1:22.4596
19 77 Rodney Jane (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 25 35:09.6250 1:22.2001
20 8 Nick McBride (Vic) Pro 25 35:21.1987 1:21.3506
21 13 Sam Shahin (SA) Morris Finance Pro-Am 25 35:26.2718 1:22.1389
22 86 Drew Hall (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 25 35:46.8476 1:22.9073
23 20 Adrian Flack (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 25 35:48.9907 1:22.7836
24 4 Stephen Grove (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 24 34:56.5916 1:22.6448
25 7 Tim Miles (NSW) Morris Finance Pro-Am 24 35:13.7194 1:23.2542
26 101 Tony Quinn (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 24 35:29.1397 1:25.2633
27 222 Scott Taylor (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 23 34:48.5897 1:25.5371
DNF 22 Dean Cook (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 20 28:38.1665 1:22.5428
DNF 48 Geoff Emery (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 10 16:16.8423 1:32.2696
DNF 9 Marc Cini (Vic) Morris Finance Pro-Am 9 15:14.2858 1:26.9650
DNF 27 Liam Talbot (Qld) Morris Finance Pro-Am 1 1:43.4926 1:43.4926

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