Dominating Mt Panorama
PR TECHNOLOGY AND DAVID WALL DOMINATE AT MT PANORAMA IN THE AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP
What a weekend! PR Technology Racing and David Wall’s dream year in the 2009 Australian GT Championship continued at the showpiece Mt Panorama round at Bathurst with two hard-fought victories.
As a support race for the V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000, tens of thousands of spectators witnessed the PR Technology Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S score its seventh and eighth wins of the season in the Australian GT Championship. The wins virtually guarantee that PR Technology and David Wall will be crowned champions at the final rounds at Sydney’s Homebush Bay on 6-8 December.
“I can’t wait for the final races,” said driver David Wall after his victories. “We have our biggest support there with both me and PR Technology being Sydney-based, and we only need one top-20 finish in the last two races to be champions.”
Team Manager Richard den Brinker was in equally jubilant mood after double success at Bathurst, but admitted it came as a surprise. “We didn’t expect two wins because of the Cup S’s enforced smaller air restrictor to reduce power, plus the extra ballast to slow us down after our last victories. We weren’t the fastest car of the weekend, but thanks to Dave Wall driving faultlessly and some safety car luck we’ve come away very happy.”
The quickest car in every session and during the races was Tony Quinn’s Aston Martin DBRS9, not hampered by the same restrictions as the PR Technology Porsche Cup S. Race 1 saw Wall’s Cup S take the lead into Turn One after starting behind Quinn’s Aston; the PR Technology driver showing sublime racecraft on cold tyres to keep the trailing pack at bay on his way up and down the famous mountain.
Drama followed in the race’s closing stages, when having just been released from safety car conditions on the final lap, and with a processional finish called, Quinn inexplicably spun his Aston Martin with the finish line in sight. This meant the race’s fastest car finished in a lowly eleventh place, and endured a start way down the field for the next race. A well-earned victory was Wall’s and PR Technology’s however, leading from start to finish with a polished performance in keeping the faster Aston Martin behind.
Race 2 finished under safety car again, with the PR Technology Porsche leading the pack home after another inspired drive from David Wall. The hard-charging Tony Quinn nearly caught Wall in his quicker Aston Martin, but the PR Technology team wasn’t to be denied a fantastic second win of the weekend.
“The races were won in the first two laps on cold tyres,” explained David Wall. “I have good knowledge of Bathurst in a Porsche which helped, and even though I didn’t have the fastest car, we were strong enough in the opening laps. I would love to drive the Cup S unrestricted around here, as I think we could have gone one or even two seconds a lap quicker. Hopefully we’ll have no more restrictions for the Homebush Bay rounds as the Aston was certainly faster than us here.”
PR Technology’s Porsche GT3 Cup S was up against another two Cup S racers for the first time this year, as Bathurst attracted the Championship’s largest field of 2009. “It means a lot to win against such opposition,” Richard den Brinker said, “and we are of course delighted to be the fastest Cup S around Mt Panorama.”
Of final note, it was a very busy weekend for PR Technology’s driver David Wall, who also scored an impressive 18th place finish from 29th on the grid alongside Leanne Tander in the V8 Supercars event. Congratulations to David on a brilliant weekend of racing, as we look forward to him sealing the Australian GT Championship title in December.
The final rounds will be held at Sydney’s Homebush Bay street circuit on 6-8 December 2009.