The second round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia has been run and won by Championship leader Warren Luff. Repeating the podium in the opening round of the Championship two weeks ago, it was Steven Richards in second and Nick Foster in third.
With a short break between this round and the opening round at the Clipsal 500, the Michelin team hit the ground running with the first practice session kicking off on the Thursday afternoon.
With heavy clouds threatening on and off all weekend, the Michelin team ensured all teams had at least one set of wet tyres fitted just in case. The weekend remained dry for the category, meaning the Michelin wet tyres were not needed.
Held as a part of the support program of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, the event is the biggest the category will race at all year, so the pressure was on. After dominating the opening round, it was Luff again was on top of the timing sheets at the end of qualifying. Luff’s domination was broken in race one with Richards getting the jump and holding on for the win, but Luff was back on top in races 2 and 3.
Commenting after the race Nick Foster from Rodney Jane Racing said that they were still learning how to get the most out of the new Porsche.
“We are still learning and gaining speed every time we go out on track,” said Nick.
“Each session we have made changes to the set up trying to find the perfect balance. We still have more to come from us and the car, but we set our fastest time of the weekend in the final session so you can’t ask for more than that.
“We ran both sets of our new tyres in qualifying and used our most worn set in the final race. We still set our fastest time in the final race which demonstrates just how well the Michelin tyre is lasting over the race weekend.”
In the Elite Class, it was rookie Roger Lago who claimed his first win in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
Michelin and Porsche teamed up off the track as well to help teach primary school aged children valuable road safety lessons. Michelin is proud to be a partner in the Porsche Kids Driving School as it fits well with Michelins ambition to deliver safer mobility.
In a hands-on experience the children attending the Grand Prix had the opportunity to participate in a short session where they will learn general road rules in a fun, interactive manner. They were then given a chance to put this into practice, peddling around a miniature road network in their own Porsche! The event was a great opportunity for children to increase their awareness of road safety in a fun, non-threatening environment.