The fifth round of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park is the 95th held since the category debuted in 2003. The championship will hold its 100th round in 2017.
Sydney Motorsport Park will host the 281st and 282nd races in PCCA history. It will be a two-race format weekend rather than the regular three-race format used for single driver weekends.
This is the second time this year that SMP has hosted a PCCA round. In fact this year is the second time in history the 3.9-kilometre circuit has hosted the category twice within the one season. The inaugural year of PCCA in 2003 was the only other time this has occurred.
Matt Campbell sits just one race win off Jim Richards’ PCCA record of five race wins at SMP. The young gun has won four of the last five PCCA races held at the circuit across 2015 and 2016.
Campbell is aiming for his fourth pole position in a row in 2016 when he heads into qualifying at SMP. No driver has managed this feat in the category in a decade since Alex Davison took four poles in a row at Adelaide, Wakefield Park, Hidden Valley and Oran Park in 2006 for Paul Cruickshank Racing.
Campbell has qualified on the front row for the first four rounds of this season – second in Adelaide and poles at Albert Park, Sydney Motorsport Park and Hidden Valley.
The last time a driver qualified on the front row for the first four rounds of a PCCA season was Alex Davison in 2006 – in fact he ended up qualifying on the front row for the first seven rounds of eight in that season before missing the front row at the Phillip Island finale.
Amazingly, there has never been a repeat pole-sitter in PCCA history at SMP. Eight rounds (including a pair of two-driver Rennsport rounds in 2013 and 2016) have produced different pole sitters every time.
Alex Davison is the only repeat round winner in PCCA at SMP. He won the final round of 2003 at the circuit for Greg Murphy Racing in a one-off start and then won on the next visit when it hosted round two in 2004, by which time he was racing full-time for GMR.
Davison’s two round wins this year have taken him to 15 career PCCA round wins, now six short of the record held by Craig Baird.
Davison is also the only driver with multiple round wins in the 2016 PCCA. This is the fourth time in his career in the category that he’s won multiple rounds within a season – 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2016.
Four times in PCCA history the round winner at SMP has been victorious for the weekend after qualifying 7th. Max Twigg and Luke Youlden won the Rennsport round there in 2013 and Craig Baird managed the feat a year later in the single-driver round of 2014.
Steve Richards is moving his way up in the PCCA record books. SMP is his 43rd round in the category, tying him with Tony Quinn for seventh on the all-time round starts list.
TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge fast man Shane Smollen is aiming for his third straight SMP pole position in PCCA. No driver has ever managed this feat at the Sydney circuit since the ‘class-within-the-category’ was introduced to PCCA in 2004.
There have been four different TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge round winners from the first four rounds of this year given Tony Bates, Stephen Grove and James Bergmuller have all tasted success so far this season. In fact, this is just the third time in PCCA history this has happened (2006 and 2008 the others).
The next driver to score their first outright career podium finish will actually become the 50th driver to score a podium finish in PCCA competition.
12 PCCA races have been held this year and only two of them (Race 2 in Adelaide and Race 1 at Rennsport) have had a 100 percent finish rate. 202 laps of racing have been held so far this year.
SMP LAP RECORDS
Race Lap Record: Steve Richards, 1m30.9042s, 2014
Qualifying Lap Record: Warren Luff, 1m29.1185s, 2014
SMP ROUND WINNERS
2003 Jim Richards (May round)
2003 Alex Davison (November round)
2004 Alex Davison
2005 Jonathon Webb
2013 Max Twigg/Luke Youlden (Rennsport round)
2014 Craig Baird
2015 Nick Foster
2016 Matt Campbell/Geoff Emery (Rennsport round)
2 – Alex Davison
1 – Jim Richards, Jonathon Webb, Max Twigg, Luke Youlden, Craig Baird, Nick Foster, Matt
Campbell, Geoff Emery
SMP RACE WINS
2003 Jim Richards Jim Richards Jim Richards
2003 Alex Davison Alex Davison Alex Davison
2004 Alex Davison Jim Richards Peter Fitzgerald
2005 Jim Richards Jonathon Webb David Reynolds
2013 Nick Percat/Rodney Jane Max Twigg/Luke Youlden
2014 Craig Baird Craig Baird Craig Baird
2015 Matt Campbell Matt Campbell Nick Foster
2016 Matt Campbell/Geoff Emery Matt Campbell/Geoff Emery
5 – Jim Richards 4 – Alex Davison, Matt Campbell
3 – Craig Baird 2 – Geoff Emery
1 – Peter Fitzgerald, Jonathon Webb, David Reynolds, Nick Percat, Rodney Jane, Max Twigg,
Luke Youlden, Nick Foster
SMP POLE POSITIONS
2003 Marcus Marshall 1m34.5818s
2003 Tim Leahey 1m35.2499s
2004 Alex Davison 1m33.2562s
2005 Jonathon Webb 1m33.9633s
2013 James Koundouris/Steve Owen 3m03.3155s (Combined Times)
2014 Warren Luff 1m29.1185s
2015 Shae Davies 1m29.3396s (Two grid position penalty)
2016 Matt Campbell/Geoff Emery 3m00.3343s (Combined Times)
2003 Jim Richards Marcus Marshall Tim Leahey
2003 Alex Davison Jim Richards Matt Coleman
2004 Alex Davison Jim Richards Peter Fitzgerald
2005 Jonathon Webb Luke Youlden David Reynolds
2013 Twigg/Youlden Davies/Gowans Luff/Emery
2014 Craig Baird Steve Richards Warren Luff
2015 Nick Foster Matt Campbell David Russell
2016 Campbell/Emery Bergmuller/Tander McBride/Thomas
3 – Jim Richards
2 – Alex Davison, Warren Luff, Matt Campbell, Geoff Emery
1 – Marcus Marshall, Tim Leahey, Matt Coleman, Peter Fitzgerald, Jonathon Webb, Luke
Youlden, David Reynolds, Max Twigg, Luke Youlden, Shae Davies, Adam Gowans, Craig Baird,
Steve Richards, Nick Foster, David Russell, James Bergmuller, Garth Tander, Nick McBride,
SMP TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE ROUND WINNERS
2004 Tony Quinn
2005 Tony Quinn
2013 Max Twigg (Rennsport round)
2014 Shane Smollen
2015 Shane Smollen
2016 James Bergmuller (Rennsport round)
2 – Tony Quinn, Shane Smollen
1 – Max Twigg, James Bergmuller
SMP TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE POLE POSITIONS
2004 Dean Grant
2005 Dean Grant
2013 James Koundouris (Rennsport round)
2014 Stephen Grove
2015 Shane Smollen
2016 Shane Smollen (Rennsport round)
2 – Dean Grant, Shane Smollen
1 – James Koundouris, Stephen Grove
SMP TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE RACE WINS
2004 Dean Grant Stephen Borness Tony Quinn
2005 Dean Grant Dean Grant Tony Quinn
2013 Max Twigg Max Twigg
2014 Tony Bates Shane Smollen Shane Smollen
2015 Shane Smollen Stephen Grove Shane Smollen
2016 James Bergmuller Shane Smollen
5 – Shane Smollen
3 – Dean Grant
2 – Tony Quinn, Max Twigg
1 – Stephen Borness, Tony Bates, Stephen Grove, James Bergmuller
SMP TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE PODIUMS
2004 Tony Quinn Dean Grant Peter Hill
2005 Tony Quinn Dean Grant James Koundouris
2013 Max Twigg Damien Flack Stephen Grove
2014 Shane Smollen Tony Bates James Bergmuller
2015 Shane Smollen Stephen Grove James Bergmuller
2016 James Bergmuller Shane Smollen Tony Bates
3 – James Bergmuller, Shane Smollen
2 – Tony Quinn, Dean Grant, Stephen Grove, Tony Bates
1 – Peter Hill, James Koundouris, Max Twigg, Damien Flack