Continues Strong Form In Porsche Championship
Foster was unstoppable at Porsche Carrera Cup
Australia’s fourth round in Townsville taking three
dominant race wins while Shane Smollen claimed his
second straight class round win.
After victory in Saturday’s opening race, Foster quickly
found the front in race two and eventually claimed the
race win from David Russell, Steven Richards, Richard
Muscat and Craig Baird.
Foster then took control of the final race of the
weekend, leading into the first safety car period –
brought on to recover the car of Scott Taylor from turn
one – and then when the safety car joined the circuit
for the second time to recover the car of Adrian
Mastronardo. Foster’s race win was confirmed when the
race was declared under safety car, taking the win from
Richards, Baird, Muscat, Matt Campbell and John Martin.
The dominant performance was the first clean sweep of
race wins in Townsville since Dan Gaunt’s 2011 success.
“It doesn’t get much better than that. We’ve had a
well-documented tough start to the year so this is a
good way to bounce back. It was great to get the
Professional Class victory at Phillip Island along with
a race win and then to string all three races here in
Townsville is awesome. We won comfortably in the first
two races and then made a change in the last race and
improved even further; my fastest lap was towards the
end of race three when the tyres were at their oldest.
The team is doing a great job and I’m really happy with
the way I’m driving. Three out of three is amazing.”
Fourth for Muscat, following a second and fourth result
in the opening two races, was enough to secure him
second for the round in the Professional Class and a
career best Carrera Cup round result.
“I wanted to be in the top five in the championship
after the first three rounds and had hoped that I would
start to push up the field. This weekend proved that we
can run with the front guys,” said Muscat.
Richards placed third for the round from Baird and
Russell, who looked set for a round podium until
receiving a pit lane drive through penalty for a restart
infringement in race three.
Smollen and Tony Bates shared TAG Heuer Carrera
Challenge race wins. Smollen claimed victory in the
opening two races however damaged suffered in the third
race placed him third in class behind Bates and Stephen
Grove, however it was enough to hand the Sydneysider the
round win from reigning class champion Grove and James
“Across the board the two prior races, and the three
sessions before, we had great pace and it certainly
gives us plenty of confidence going into round five.
It’s given us a good gap over a few of the guys and a
small gap over Grove, and he’s always there banking
points as he always does so well, but I’m confident with
the tracks ahead,” said Smollen.
Richards extended his championship lead at Townsville,
enjoying an 82.5 point buffer to Baird, while Muscat has
moved to third in the standings from McBride and Foster.
Smollen retains the lead of the TAG Heuer Carrera
Challenge class by 11 points from Grove and Bates.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will return to the race
track on August 21-23 at Sydney Motorsport Park to kick
off the second half of the Porsche championship.