Ashley Seward Motorsport Porsche Carrera Cup driver Dean Cook has kept his Pro-Am Class points tally ticking over, finishing fourth overall at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend.
After qualifying fifth in the class, Cook lost some spots at the start of Race 1, due to avoiding a multi-car collision in the first corner. He recovered strongly, and was involved in an entertaining battle with The Bend owner Sam Shahin, eventually putting a move on Shahin to finish sixth.
Cook’s consistent pace and sensible approach paid dividends in the longer second race – he stayed out of trouble and overtook several cars on his way to third in the Pro-Am Class and 11th outright.
In the final race, Cook completed his strong weekend with fourth in the Pro-Am Class.
“Overall, I was very happy with my performance and our improvements between sessions,” Cook said.
“The highlight of the weekend was my Race 2 result – there was a lot going on, but I kept my head and didn’t get sucked into other people’s mistakes.
“Race 3 was tough, because there were a few fast Pro cars coming through the field and I lost a couple of places, but we still ended up with a good Pro-Am result.”
The ASM crew were also providing technical support to the father-and-son combination of Stephen and Brenton Grove. Brenton finished 10th overall, while Stephen was fifth for the weekend in the Pro-Am Class.
“The whole purpose of this weekend was to prepare ourselves for the Supercup round at Spa, and we achieved our objectives,” Stephen Grove said.
“Brenton did a solid job – considering it was his first time driving a current-spec Cup car, he adapted really well.
“My own weekend wasn’t quite as strong as I had hoped in terms of results, and a lot of that was because I was getting used to the braking technique with an ABS module, which is different to my Supercup car.
“A big thank you to the Ashley Seward Motorsport crew – they were very supportive and gave us everything we needed this weekend.” The next Carrera Cup round will be held at the Bathurst 1000 in October, while the Ashley Seward Motorsport team is back in action next weekend at Winton for Round 5 of TCR Australia.