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.
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.
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).
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.
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.