Twigg and Youlden win Round 3 of Carrera Cup at Rennsport Festival

June 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

2013 Rennsport Festival - Round 3 2013 Carrera Cup Australia, Sydney Motorsport Park

Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek was the venue for the third round of the 2013 Carrera Cup. Run as the headline on-track competition under Porsche Cars Australia’s first Rennsport meeting. The pairing of Max Twigg and Luke Youlden becoming first time Elite class overall round winners.

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Rennsport, in case you didn’t know, means Racesport in German. So the weekend of May 25-26 was all about, as Kevin Nicholls (Porsche’s in-country Director of Marketing and Motorsport) pointed out, celebrating what Porsche does best – making Sportscars and racing them.

 

Departing from the usual format the round consisted of two 1 hour enduros with a compulsory driver change. Driver pairings were a Pro-Am style that saw a return of some previous Cup racers as well as a number of current V8 Supercar drivers trying their hand.

 

Qualifying saw James Koundouris/Steve Owen (#47 Superbarn Supermarkets) on pole for Sunday morning’s race 1 with Shae Davies/Adam Gowans (#21 Team Kiwi Racing) sharing the front row. Current #1 and points leader into this round Craig Baird (Jet Travel Insurance) with John Penny co-driving would start out of position 12.

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Davies was first into turn 1 with Warren Luff (#07 No Second Chance) on his outside followed by Tony Bates (#24 Pure Energy Racing). The first 2 positions remained the same till the pitstop window opened. Good pit work saw Gowans out front until almost the last minute when Nick Percat (#222 Coates Hire Racing) grabbed the lead and took victory by less than 2 seconds. For Percat’s co-driver, Rodney Jane, it was his 150th Cup start and his first win. 3rd was the pairing of Max Twigg/Luke Youlden (#08 Permagard Automotive).

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2013 Carrera Cup Rd3. Sydney Motorsport Park. Race 1. 1 Hour Enduro.

1st: N.Percat/R.Jane #222, 2nd: S.Davies/A.Gowans #21, 3rd: M.Twigg/L.Youlden #08, 4th: W.Luff/G.Emery #07, 5th: M.Patrizi/T.Bayliss #2. Fastest lap: S.Davies 1:32.4670 new lap record.

 

Sunday afternoon’s race 2 saw the grid set as they finished race 1. At the lights it was Gowans into the lead from Youlden and a fast starting Baird. This produced an interesting battle for several laps with Youlden past Gowans on lap 2 and Baird taking over the lead into turn 1 at the start of lap 5. From there Baird built up a lead into pitstop time, at the changeover Penny exited the pits in 2nd but the pair would eventually fall to 6th.

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Twigg was the man at the pointy end now but he surrended the lead to the Patrizi/Bayliss (#29 Ausdrill) combo with Micheal Patrizi at the wheel on lap 30 only to have the #29 car slow with gearbox issues letting the #08 Permagard car back into the lead just over 2 laps from the end. Gowans then Emery followed Twigg over the line.

 

2013 Carrera Cup Rd3. Sydney Motorsport Park. Race 2. 1 Hour Enduro.

1st: M.Twigg/L.Youlden #08, 2nd: S.Davies/A.Gowans #21, 3rd: W.Luff/G.Emery #07,                 4th: S.Grove/E.Bamber #4, 5th: M.Patrizi/T.Bayliss #2. Fastest lap: T.Slade 1:32.2843 new lap record.

 

180 points gave Twigg/Youlden the round victory with Davies/Gowans 2nd and Warren Luff/Geoff Emery 3rd.

 

Baird remains the overall series leader from Luff, Percat and Richards.

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- Graham Mison

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