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Richards takes first Carrera Cup victory and father’s lap recordSteven Richards and Max Twigg claim Race 1 honours for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in Perth

Australia. Steven Richards claimed his first Porsche Carrera Cup Australia race win at Barbagallo Raceway today, with Max Twigg continuing his Elite Class dominance.

Richards started second on the grid alongside polesitter Ben Barker before taking the lead into the opening corner. From there, Richards pulled away from the field to claim victory ahead of Jonny Reid and a late-charging Michael Patrizi.

Barker looking to gain some lost positions after dropping to fifth but was caught up in an incident with Daniel Gaunt on lap 12. Gaunt locked the brakes entering Kolb Corner and the pair made contact while Barker was passing on the outside. Barker ended up in the gravel trap and recovered for 13th while Gaunt failed to finish.

Richards was pleased with the Race 1 win, during which he broke his father Jim Richards’ 2004 Carrera Cup lap record with a time of 57.4569secs.

“I haven’t had a win in a while so it’s pretty cool to take victory today. I’m happy because we run the car ourselves and we’ve got a great bunch of guys in the team. Whenever you can have a win with the standard of drivers we’re racing against it’s good,” said Richards.

“The car felt fantastic so I don’t see any reason why tomorrow can’t work out in the same way.”

Meanwhile, Max Twigg continued his run at the front of the Elite Class, finishing fifth outright behind reigning champion Craig Baird, who took an conservative approach to the majority of the race after suffering with an early flat-spotted tyre.

“The car was strong from start to finish; it didn’t fade at all. It was easy to drive and performed faultlessly, so it was a great result,” said Twigg.

“In the race we got a nice start and ran behind Patrizi there for around four laps before he pulled away. By then I had a gap to the rest of the Elite guys so that was good.”

Twigg finished ahead of Matthew Coleman, James Koundouris, debutant Paul Kelly, Theo Koundouris and Peter Hill in 10th.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will feature two races tomorrow, with Race 2 telecast live on Seven’s Raceday Xtra at 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Round 2, Trading Post Perth Challenge, Race 1 - OUTRIGHTRound 2, Trading Post Perth Challenge, Race 1 - OUTRIGHT

1 Steven Richards (17 laps)
2 Jonny Reid
3 Michael Patrizi
4 Craig Baird
5 Max Twigg
6 Matthew Coleman
7 James Koundouris
8 Paul Kelly
9 Theo Koundouris
10 Peter Hill
11 Andy Barlow
12 Shane Smollen
13 Ben Barker
14 Marc Cini
15 Ross Lilley
16 Ray Angus
17 Rusty French
18 Nathan Tinkler
DNF Daniel Gaunt

PROFESSIONAL Class Results – Race 1

1 Steven Richards (17 laps)
2 Jonny Reid
3 Michael Patrizi
4 Craig Baird
5 Matthew Coleman
6 Ben Barker
DNF Daniel Gaunt

ELITE Class Results – Race 1

1 Max Twigg (17 laps)
2 James Koundouris
3 Paul Kelly
4 Theo Koundouris
5 Peter Hill
6 Andy Barlow
7 Shane Smollen
8 Marc Cini
9 Ross Lilley
10 Ray Angus
11 Rusty French
12 Nathan Tinkler

For Further Information Daniel Jordan: Porsche Cars Australia – Motorsport Media Ph: 03 9473 0909 or 0412 287 540 daniel.jordan@porsche.com.au

About Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (PCCA) is a one-make Porsche series using the 331 kW (450 hp) Porsche 911 GT3 (Type 997) Cup car. PCCA is the primary support category to the V8 Supercars Championship with a seven-round series including rounds at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Armor All Gold Coast 600 and Sydney Telstra 500. PCCA is one of eight international Porsche Carrera Cups, with Carrera Cup regarded as the most successful one-make sports car championship in the world.

30/4/2011