GWR Australia Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver Cameron Crick is pleased with his improvements in outright speed, after finishing fifth overall in Round 4 of the series at Queensland Raceway over the weekend.
Crick qualified fifth, and dodged some carnage at the start of Race 1 to finish fourth. He ran inside the top-five throughout the 45-minute Race 2, but was relegated to eighth with a post-race time penalty for jumping the start. He finished the weekend strongly with a sixth-place finish in Race 3.
“Our qualifying performance was good, and I was very happy with our lap speed in the races – I was within a fraction of a second of the fastest race laps, and I was able to keep up with the lead pack at the start of each race,” Crick said.
“The main area I’ve highlighted for improvement is our pace over longer race runs – I was experiencing some understeer in the closing laps, which saw my times dropping away a bit.
“A top-five finish is a good result and we’re not far away from being able to challenge for podiums on a regular basis.”
Aboard the Platinum Motorsport entry, Rob Woods qualified 13th, and improved to 11th in Race 1.
Woods was again running strongly in Race 2, racing competitively in the Pro-Am Class and punching out his fastest race lap of the weekend. However, his strong run came to an end when he spun into the sand at Turn 1, falling to 18th.
A lengthy Safety Car intervention at the start of Race 3 restricted Woods’ opportunities to gain positions, but he still progressed to 15th. Despite the Race 2 setback, Woods ended the weekend sixth overall in the Pro-Am Class, and improved to fourth in the Pro-Am standings.
The next round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge will be held at Sandown Raceway, 20-22 September.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Outright Points
1. Harri Jones – 654
2. Aaron Love – 538
3. Max Vidau – 530
4. Christian Pancione – 466
5. Ryan Suhle – 432
6. Tom Taplin – 347
7. Cameron Crick – 338
8. Sam Shahin – 336
9. Brett Boulton – 269
10. Ross McGregor – 226
1. Sam Shahin – 602
2. Brett Boulton – 526
3. Ross McGregor – 493
4. Rob Woods – 378
5. Graham Williams – 361