PRTECH & DAVID WALL ARE 2009 AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONS
PR TECHNOLOGY AND DAVID WALL ARE 2009 AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONS WITH THE TITLE SECURED AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
In their first season as Championship entrants in the prestigious Australian GT Series, PR Technology have been crowned 2009 champions. David Wall secured the driver’s title piloting the PR Tech Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S at this weekend’s Sydney Telstra 500, capping a magnificent winning season for both driver and team.
“It was our first ever shot at the Championship, so to win it at the first attempt is pretty amazing,” said PR Technology Team Manager, Richard den Brinker. “Car wise, driver wise and season wise it has been an excellent year.”
Due to the Australian GT Championship’s handicap system, winning cars are penalised with additional weight and air restrictions in future rounds. The PR Technology GT3 Cup S had been heavily handicapped for the Sydney Telstra 500, but David Wall still managed to put the PR Tech Racing-prepared Porsche on pole position, ahead of unrestricted GT3 Cup S rivals.
An impressive second place in Race One meant even further restrictions for Wall in Race Two, where his final position of fourth was the first time the NSW driver had finished off the podium in any race this year, illustrating the driver and team’s incredible speed, reliability and consistency.
David Wall had already practically ensured he’d be crowned 2009 champion at Sydney’s Olympic Park after his fine form in the previous Australian GT Championship rounds at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Phillip Island, Eastern Creek and the Bathurst 1000. His second place in Race One at the Sydney Telstra 500 cemented his position as this year’s leading driver.
“It was a big meet for me because it was my home event, and the support from my sponsors, family and friends made it really enjoyable,” said a jubilant Wall. “Because of the car’s restrictions) it was impossible to keep the unrestricted cars behind from the start. But a second place was good for the weekend, and the main thing was of course getting Number 1 on the door for the year. Everyone involved with the team this year has worked hard and done a great job.”
As well as clinching the driver’s title, PR Technology was also awarded the Team of the Year award. “That was a real pleasure to win,” said Richard den Brinker, who heaped praise on his hard-working colleagues. “The organisers said we were always the first ones to arrive at the track and the last ones to leave, so it is excellent to have all our hard work recognised.”
The final rounds of the Australian GT Championship were played out in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the new Sydney street circuit at Homebush’s Olympic Park. “It was quite hard adjusting to the new track; it has to be the bumpiest in Australia and its tight nature means first gear is used a lot,” explained Richard.
“We had to soften the car right up to make it more compliant over the bumps; otherwise it was just flying through the air. But it is a great circuit, and the facilities and crowd added to a memorable event. We had a trouble-free weekend, with only minor damage to the car when battling for third place with Tony Quinn.”
After winning the Australian GT Championship’s Challenge section last year, adding the full Championship title in 2009 at their first attempt is a tremendous achievement for PR Technology. It has been a dream year for all involved with the team, who extend their thanks to everyone involved with this very memorable racing season.
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