Daniel Gaunt has claimed his first Porsche Carrera Cup Australia victory in Race 1 in Townsville this weekend, as Max Twigg returned to the top of the Elite Class.
New Zealander Gaunt started the race third on the grid and raced to the front of the field by lap three ahead of McElrea Racing duo Michael Patrizi and Jonny Reid.
Gaunt then pulled away from his rivals and retained the lead until the end of the 14-lap race, taking the win and leading the round points.
Reid was catching Gaunt in the final stages of the race, however he was unable to get within striking distance by the chequered flag, finishing second ahead of polesitter Michael Patrizi, Craig Baird, Ben Barker and Steven Richards.
Patrizi was left to rue an opportunity lost after being overtaken by both Gaunt and Reid in the early laps.
Gaunt was ecstatic with his maiden Carrera Cup win and believes he can replicate his form in tomorrow’s races.
“It’s great to break through for our first Carrera Cup victory today,” said Gaunt.
“I came here this morning thinking a win was possible if everything went right. It’s great to get that first win over the line. And if today is anything to go by, we’ll be there or thereabouts tomorrow.”
“It’s great to get a sponsor like Money Choice on board and then go and deliver a race result like that.”
Max Twigg continued his good form in the Elite Class. Twigg remained with the lead pack for the opening laps before dropping away, however he’d gained enough of a gap on his rivals to easily gain Elite Class victory.
Damien Flack finished second in the Elite Class ahead of Theo Koundouris, James Koundouris, Paul Kelly and Marc Cini.
“We got a nice start and I was sitting behind Baird for about five laps there, where I pulled a gap of the guys behind me,” said Twigg.
“You learn so much more from being close to the Professional guys; just little things that you pick up that makes your driving so much easier and your laps so much better and more consistent.”
Guest driver Mark Noske, driving the Bid4Jase.com car, failed to finish after contacting with the rear of Twigg’s Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car.