Richards crowned champion as
Foster and Bates win Gold Coast finale
Steven Richards has been crowned the 2014 Porsche
Carrera Cup Australia champion following a strong
performance in Surfers Paradise, where Nick Foster and
Tony Bates finished the season with round honours.
Richards hit the lead of the championship after
Saturday’s opening race, entering the final day of the
season with a single point lead over Warren Luff.
The turning point of the round came in Race 2 when Luff
spun at the Turn 1 chicane after contact with a
competitor. While Luff dropped down the order, Richards
charged home to place second behind Foster, who claimed
the race lead in an impressive last lap battle, with
Shae Davies, David Russell and Craig Baird filling the
remaining top five places. Luff recovered to finish
Richards made the most of his 29 point lead entering the
final race, driving conservatively to ultimately place
fifth behind Race 3 and round victor Foster, Davies,
Russell and Baird.
Richards was ecstatic to take the championship win,
following in the footsteps of his racing father, Jim
Richards – the inaugural Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
champion in 2003.
"I'm relieved and a bit overwhelmed to win the Carrera
Cup title to be honest," said Richards.
"These achievements tend to mean a lot when you have
family and friends involved. We go racing with family
and friends so to get results like these is really
rewarding. It certainly wasn't easy and I'm just rapt
with myself and everyone in the team; a very satisfying
feeling. We just had to tick all the boxes this weekend,
and we did."
Foster was equally as happy with his efforts, winning
the final round from Davies and Russell with a third
place on Saturday and two race wins on Sunday.
“This is unreal; words can’t describe this. To get the
win in Race 2 which was pretty emotional, we’ve had some
tough times over the last couple of years. It was
awesome to put all that behind us,” said Foster.
“I had my head down in Race 3; built the margin and was
pretty comfortable in the car, which was unbelievable
this weekend. We plugged away and this is a great reward
for our efforts.”
Stephen Grove secured the Elite Class championship in
Saturday’s Race 1, which was won by Bates.
Bates continued his impress form into Sunday to claim
the Race 2 Elite Class win and placed second behind
Shane Smollen in Race 3, taking the round win from
Smollen and James Bergmuller.
“We came here to win the round. We’ve booked-ended the
year; won the first round and won the last round with a
lot of frustration in between, but that’s motorsport.
We’ll be back again next year to do it all again.”
Smollen secured second in the Elite Class for the season
from Bates, Bergmuller and Tony Walls in fifth.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will return in 2015 for
the opening round at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide,
closely followed by its annual appearance at the Formula
1 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
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