Round Wrap Up - Richard Muscat Carrera Cup at Phillip Island
Another weekend done and dusted, Round 3 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship at Phillip Island was a Pro-Am event meaning that I had to have a co driver with an Amateur Classification.
We chose Sam Walter as our Co-Driver for the weekend he has previously raced in the Development Series and is a very strong driver who is very consistent and he ended up being a great choice.
Practice wasn't great for us we were struggling massively with high speed oversteer and at Phillip Island that is far from ideal. We did some changes overnight for qualifying and the car was a bit better but we were still struggling with the rear but we managed to qualify 12th of the 22 cars for the first race.
Race 1 (Position: 11th): we went into the race with a minor change to the rear wing, again the car was getting a little better, Sam started the race and did a great job to move into p11 and drove strongly in his stint before handing the keys to me in the compulsory pit stop to bring to the finish. As the laps went on and the tyres progressively wore out the rear started to become a handful again and the car was becoming very hard to drive, but I just drove through it and brought the car home in P11. It wasn't a great result for me and there was a lot of homework to do overnight if we were going to be competitive on Sunday.
Race 2 (Position: 3rd): After some overnight tinkering with the setup and a few hours spent with my Engineer we were hopeful of a major improvement. I started Race 2 out of P11. Straight away I could feel the car was a different machine. Moving forward to P4 with great pace, the car was easy to drive and the tyres were in good condition with not much graining as the car wasn't sliding around anymore. In the pit stop everything went as planned and Sam was off racing to the finish. Sam showed the car still had great pace chasing down 3rd place and passing the Slade/Mastranado car on the 2nd last corner of the last lap to give us our first podium finish of the year!!!
It was one of the hardest race weekends of my career but I felt we turned a corner on that Saturday night for the race on Sunday, the car was a lot better and I was driving it a lot more comfortably and we got the goods in the end. We showed great pace and I am looking forward to Townsville in a months time, I won the round there last year in Australian GT and the goal will always be the same when we get there.
We are p5 in the championship and we closed the gap to the championship leader as the top 5 tightens up I feel anything is possible so its important to keep consistent and keep getting points.
Next stop Townsville.