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Reid takes round win while Richards secures series leadJonny Reid and Paul Kelly take round victory in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at Barbagallo Raceway

Australia. Jonny Reid has taken his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup Australia round win this weekend at Bargaballo Raceway, while Paul Kelly claimed the Elite Class round win and Steven Richards snares the series lead.

Reid started the day with victory in Race 2, where he managed to lead into the first corner and retain his position to the chequered flag.

Behind the New Zealander, Craig Baird and Steven Richards placed second and third respectively after a lengthy battle for position. Local driver Michael Patrizi closed on the duo towards the end of the race and secured fourth while Briton Ben Barker drove from 13th on the grid to finish fifth ahead of Matthew Coleman, Daniel Gaunt and Elite Class drivers Max Twigg, Paul Kelly and James Koundouris.

Reid then continued his run at the front to capture the Race 3 win and take the outright victory for the Barbagallo Raceway round.

“I’m very, very pleased with the win. All the hard work everyone is doing in the team is paying off. It’s a new car and we’re forever learning it. We’re starting to find out where we need to be,” said Reid.

“We’ve got a long way to go in the championship, we’ve just got to keep our head down and keep doing what we are doing, which is focussing on race wins.”

Reid finished ahead of new outright points leader Steven Richards, Ben Barker, Daniel Gaunt, Michael Patrizi, Craig Baird and Matthew Coleman in seventh.

Kelly finished eighth in Race 3 which handed the New Zealander the Elite Class round win after Max Twigg’s tyre delaminated towards the end of the race after an early flat spot, forcing him to pit.

Kelly’s success follows his absence from the opening round at Albert Park, where he was forced to stay in New Zealand after being affected by the recent Christchurch earthquakes.

“It was the first weekend I’ve sat in the car, let alone driven it. It was also the seventh race meeting I’ve done in the last three years – and the last thing I raced was an ethanol sprint car,” said Kelly.

“I raced with Max Twigg for a while in the last race; he’s obviously the benchmark in the Elite Class so it’s good to come here and beat him for the weekend.

“Now I’ve got no excuses not to go well for the rest of the season.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will next race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 on July 8-10.

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

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

PROFESSIONAL Class Results – Race 2

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

ELITE Class Results – Race 2

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

Round 2, Trading Post Perth Challenge, Race 3 - OUTRIGHT

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

PROFESSIONAL Class Results – Race 3

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

ELITE Class Results – Race 3

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

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Standings – OUTRIGHT after Round 2

1 Steven Richards 306
2 Craig Baird 302
3 Jonny Reid 276
4 Daniel Gaunt 215
5 Ben Barker 198
6 Michael Patrizi 185
7 Matthew Coleman 171
8 Max Twigg 161
9 Mark Skaife 120
10 Theo Koundouris 120
11 Peter Hill 114
12 James Koundouris 112
13 Shane Smollen 78
14 Andy Barlow 77
15 Paul Kelly 75
16 Marc Cini 56
17 Ross Lilley 55
18 Ray Angus 54
19 Rusty French 43
20 Nathan Tinkler 41
21 Damien Flack 39
22 Michael Loccisano 39
23 Simon Middleton 34

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia standings – PROFESSIONAL CLASS

1 Craig Baird 302
2 Steven Richards 306
3 Jonny Reid 292
4 Ben Barker 219
5 Daniel Gaunt 215
6 Michael Patrizi 188
7 Matthew Coleman 187

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia standings – ELITE CLASS

1 Max Twigg 320
2 Theo Koundouris 276
3 Peter Hill 257
4 James Koundouris 252
5 Shane Smollen 177
6 Andrew Barlow 171
7 Paul Kelly 162
8 Michael Loccisano 133
9 Marc Cini 130
10 Ray Angus 128
11 Ross Lilley 128
12 Rusty French 100
13 Nathan Tinkler 98
14 Damien Flack 90
15 Simon Middleton 84

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.

1/5/2011