Daniel Gaunt and Max Twigg have both scored their second Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia round win for the season at Phillip Island this weekend.
After Gaunt’s race win on Saturday, the New Zealander looked to have sealed his fifth straight win in the championship in Race 2 on his approach to the chequered flag.
However, Gaunt experienced fuel surges in the final seconds of the race, which allowed countryman Craig Baird, with Gaunt finishing second ahead of Jonny Reid, Ben Barker, Elite Class race winner Damien Flack, Max Twigg, Michael Patrizi, debutant Jeremy Gray and James Koundouris in 10th.
Baird’s hope for a second consecutive race win ended when he received a drive through penalty for jumping the start of Race 3. Baird’s penalty allowed Gaunt to move to the lead and eventually claim the race and round win.
Reid finished Race 3 in second, which placed him second for the round, with Baird eventually claiming third for the round after recovering to finish 11th.
After failing to finish the opening race of the weekend with a broken drive belt, Patrizi finished third in Race 3 ahead of Richards, Barker, Twigg, Coleman, Flack, Paul Kelly and Gray in 10th.
Gaunt, who also raced in the L&H 500 alongside Lucky 7 Racing’s Tim Slade, was pleased with his second straight round win.
“I couldn’t really have asked for a better weekend. A bit more fuel would have been good in race two; but we as a team, we lose as a team,“ said Gaunt.
“Baird was really unlucky there in the last race; the penalty doesn’t really suit the crime – but that motorsport and we all race by the same rules. Otherwise, it would have been a good race because he would have been hard to beat.
“We’ve won Townsville and now Phillip Island now so hopefully we can keep this momentum going for Bathurst and be somewhere towards the front by the end of the year.”
Twigg took the Elite Class round win for the Phillip Island event ahead of Flack, Koundouris, Gray and Kelly, with Twigg happy to be the first Elite Class driver to win two rounds of the season.
“ I’m over the moon. The starts have helped us enormously this weekend. We ran with the Professional Class drivers as long as we could and that’s all we’re trying to do. By the end of the year I think we’ll be striving for even better results,” said Twigg.
Jonny Reid now leads the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia standings on 593 points ahead of Gaunt (575), Baird (566), Richards (517) and Barker (423).
Twigg remains at the lead of the Elite Class standings ahead of James Koundouris, Flack, Theo Koundouris and Kelly.