Promising Return To Carrera Cup
Motor Racing Services’ three-car assault on the 2014
Carrera Cup Australia Championship began on a positive
note over the weekend at the opening round held at The
Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.
Pro category Drivers Nick Foster, Nick Bride and Elite
rookie Adrian Mastronardo came away from the weekend on
the demanding street circuit with encouraging results
and significant data to take with them to the next round
at The F1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in just two
“To be honest I’m very pleased with all our guys,”
explains Sonic boss Michael Ritter, “Nick Foster is a
championship contender right off the bat anyway and for
Nick McBride to kick things off like he did with no
previous Porsche experience is very satisfying.
Considering we lack test time with these cars compared
to the other teams our results for the weekend are very
encouraging. We need to work on our cold tyre pace but
other than that I think we did very well.”
The two Nicks, Foster and McBride, showed that they will
be serious championship contenders in rounds ahead.
Foster’s highlight was a fighting second place in Race
One in the Bob Jane T-Marts #777 whilst McBride’s best
finish for the weekend was third place in the same race
in the Bob Jane T-Marts / Marshalls & Dent Lawyers #77.
Nick Foster: Qualifying – 4th. Race 1 – 2nd. Race 2 –
3rd. Race 3 – 3rd.
Nick McBride: Qualifying – 6th. Race 1 – 3rd. Race 2 –
4th. Race 3 – 4th
“All in all I think it was a solid start,” recalls
Foster, “we built on our speed most of the weekend and
consolidated what was a pretty good opening round. I
think we can make some improvements in certain areas and
go into the Grand Prix weekend with confidence.”
“Even though I scored a top three in my first race the
last race was more satisfying,” explains McBride, “I’m
more interested in pace than place right now and in our
last race I had the second fastest lap time and was
quicker than all three cars in front of me (he
eventually finished fourth). For me that was probably
the high point of the weekend. It’s great to get that
first championship weekend out of the way so now I have
some idea of what to expect with Porsche racing. I just
want to keep improving every time I go out there.”
Adrian Mastronardo achieved what he set out to do,
garnering important laps and experience in his
immaculate Veritas #39 911 GT3.
Mastronardo qualified 21st, unfortunately suffered a DNF
due to a spin in Race One, finished 22nd in Race Two and
placed 21st in Race Three.
Mastronardo, making his return after two decades
focusing on business commitments, enters Albert Park
12th in the standings amongst a field that boast
significantly more Porsche experience than he.
“Considering he hasn’t done any racing in 23 years he
did a very good job,” admits Ritter, “it won’t be long
before he starts challenging some of these elite guys
once he gets a bit more confidence.”
“Mick had me on a bit of a program,” concedes
Mastronardo, “and we stuck to it. I’m extremely happy.
The car was excellent, the team was excellent and I
really enjoyed the experience. I can’t wait for the next
round and to get some more seat time. It’s both thumbs
up for me.”
As the team now prepares for the Championship’s second
consecutive street course (held at the iconic F1
Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park) and home town
round Foster and McBride sit third and fourth
respectively in the Pro standings.
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