PCCA: Wall and Murray tame Bathurst, while Hill seals Overall Championship

Rounds 4 and 5 of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia marked the last time the 991 Gen II Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will take to the majestic curves of Mount Panorama as the country’s premier one-make Championship returned to life after lengthy break. 2021 season’s biggest stage, the Repco Bathurst 1000, would play host to a stacked, highly competitive field of 26 cars across both the Mobil Pro and Morris Finance Pro-Am classes.

Cameron Hill was in arguably the strongest position for the title heading into the weekend with an 80-point advantage over Murray and a 91-point advantage over third placed Harri Jones, with David Wall a further 131-points behind. 

With Morris Finance Pro-Am class Championship leader, Stephen Grove, opting not defend his title in 2021. It left Geoff Emery, Sam Shahin and Dean Cook in prime position to fight it out for the title with Emery enjoying a 59 point lead over Shahin.

Cooper Murray, 2021 Porsche Michelin Junior winner

The occasion also saw Porsche Cars Australia announce that Title Partner, Paynter Dixon, will again partner with the Carrera Cup Australia Championship for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

When the racing commenced 2018 Pro champion, David Wall took the opening race win, with Hill in second further extending his margin at the top of the Carrera Cup standings. Morris Finance Pro-Am honours went the way of Sam Shahin, who edged out Tim Miles and Geoff Emery.

David Wall

The second race saw Wall start from pole position and hold off a spirited attack in the opening corners from Hill, but come home with his fourth career round win - his first since the Gold Coast in 2019 and the third time he's swept all the races in a single round. Sam Shahin meanwhile backed-up his race one success with another class win, leading home Tim Miles.

Sam Shahin

For round 5, Harri Jones withstood maximum pressure to claim his maiden Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia race win, crossing the line only 1.5sec over McElrea Racing teammate, Cooper Murray, while Cameron Hill consolidated his championship lead in third. Murray would take out the final race and round five victory, while Hill had amassed enough points to claim his maiden Carrera Cup Australia title

Meanwhile, the battle for race honours in Morris Finance Pro-Am came down to the last turn of the last race, with Geoff Emery sneaking past Sam Shahin in controversial circumstances, resulting in the South Australian spinning in sight of the chequered flag.

Harri Jones

Shahin managed to regain drive and finish second in Pro-Am, but would protest the move after the race. The Motorsport Australia stewards would as a result hand down a 5 second penalty to Emery for his part, handing Shahin the win. The decision will now proceed to an independent Court of Appeals and the outcome will ultimately decide the Morris Finance Class Champion for 2021.

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Cameron Hill

FULL RESULTS: https://www.carreracup.com.au/results/

 

Former Champions

Year

Pro

Pro-Am

2003

Jim Richards

-

2004

Alex Davison

Dean Grant

2005

Fabian Coulthard

Dean Grant

2006

Craig Baird

Rodney Jane

2007

David Reynolds

Rodney Jane

2008

Craig Baird

James Koundouris

2011

Craig Baird

Max Twigg

2012

Craig Baird

Max Twigg

2013

Craig Baird

Max Twigg

2014

Steven Richards

Stephen Grove

2015

Nick Foster

Shane Smollen

2016

Matt Campbell

Tony Bates

2017

David Wall

Stephen Grove

2018

Jaxon Evans

Stephen Grove

2019

Jordan Love

Liam Talbot

2020

No champion

No champion

2021

Cameron Hill

TBC

 

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