The 2021 Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup season commences this weekend at Sandown Raceway after a 12 month hiatus, but Ashley Seward Motorsport’s three drivers lining up for round one of the season are feeling comfortable about their preparation.
Dale Wood in the Mobil Pro Class, along with Geoff Emery and Scott Taylor in Pro-Am, will make up the three car attack on the opening round of the season.
“We couldn’t have had a better lead up, the two test days we did have given us a really good chance to see how everyone in the team works together and both days went really well,” Wood said.
“I don’t feel like we could be heading to Sandown in a better position and I’m looking forward to getting our championship campaign off to the best-possible start.”
Emery is excited about the transition to Australia’s top level of one-make Porsche racing.
“It’s certainly going to be a big change, coming from GT racing to the Carrera Cup where there are no driving assists like I’ve gotten used to over the years, but I’m really looking forward to that challenge,” Emery said.
“There’s so much depth in this category, which is one of the main reasons I was drawn here, it’s really quite spectacular to watch.
“The aim this season is going to be top 10s, beating the Pro-Am’s and hopefully even giving some of the Pro drivers a run for their money.
“I’m really excited to bring on board two new sponsors with me for my switch to Carrera Cup as well, Force Accessories and MJR Air Conditioning.”
Scott Taylor has been reserved in laying out his expectations for this season, though the experienced campaigner could certainly catch the eye of many as he looks to enter another full time season of racing.
“I’ve done a couple of tests, one at Phillip Island and one at Sandown which was most beneficial,” Taylor said.
“It was great to get back in the car and just have a bit of fun behind the wheel again. It’s been a very long time since the last round, so I’m very keen to go racing this weekend, it’s a shame to miss the Grand Prix that should have been on at this time of the year but at least we are going racing.
“I’m just looking to maximise my own performances throughout the round and the season, I had a personal best year in our last full season in 2019 and I want to continue that momentum.”
The two-day event sees a hectic Saturday schedule for the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup, ahead of two more races on Sunday.
Carrera Cup Track Schedule:
Saturday, 20 March
8:50am – Practice 1 (20 min)
10:30am – Practice 2 (20 min)
12:40pm – Qualifying (20 min)
3:35pm – Race 1 (18 laps)
Sunday, 21 March
12:15pm – Race 2 (30 laps)
3:20pm – Race 3 (18 laps)