Carrera Cup Sepang: Wall clean sweeps while Davison and Heimgartner collide

David Wall has boosted his title hopes taking a clean sweep at Sepang following an eventful race two.

The Sydney-sider and former Supercars driver sprinted off in the lead taking the round victory and at the same time becoming the first driver to win more than one round this season.

I haven’t been to Sepang since 2007 and the last time I was here I was with my dad so it was a little bit emotional coming here,” said Wall.

“I’m absolutely speechless. I would never have expected to top every session and win every race. The competition here is unbelievable so the team has done a mega job to allow us to be at the front all weekend. Knowing the track definitely helped but having the car well balanced was the biggest benefit.”

It was a really aggressive start from the Kiwi on the second row as Andre Heimgartner challenged for the lead at the first corner.

Pole sitter, Wall kept his composure and his lead but Alex Davison and Heimgartner began to squabble for second place letting Wall focus on what was in front of him.

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All hell broke loose on lap two when young gun, Jaxon Evans spun on his own at the second corner. Most of the field managed to avoid his stricken car but James Abela had no-where to go and made contact with Evans’ front end.

More drama unfolded when Cameron McConville spun at the final corner right in front of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge lead battle between Stephen Grove and Tim Miles. Fortunately, everyone managed to avoid him.

Heimgartner continued to battle with Davison but the stand-off reached boiling point when they made contact at turn one leaving Davison facing the wrong way. Heimgartner would receive a 25-second time penalty for the incident as well hindering Davison and his own championship title prospects.

The two came together as Davison ran-wide leaving a nose width space for Heimgartner to try his luck, the gap quickly faded to nothing as Heimgartner touched the left rear of Davison’s car.

On the other side of the Sonic garage, Nick McBride went head to head with Lars Kerns as the two of them swapped positions multiple times. Kerns attempted every trick in the book and eventually got past at the final corner with a classic move under braking.

The young German Porsche development driver then went off in search of Dylan O’Keefe putting pressure on him in the closing stages. O’Keefe defended his position holding onto a brilliant his second place.

Wall came across the line with a four-second gap to Heimgartner but the penalty saw him drop to eighth spot handing O’Keeffe second and personal best result, with Kern in third.

McBride crossed the line in fourth while Davison recovered to fifth despite his mid-race spin. Michael Almond took sixth with Evans, Heimgartner and McConville rounding out the Pro drivers.

Stephen Grove annihilated the Carrera Challenge class taking his second win of the weekend as Tim Miles and Dean Cook rounded out the Class B podium.

“It’s great to come here and get two race wins after Darwin,” said Grove.

“This event is just awesome. This is like Sydney last year, we go and have two good races and heaps of track time and now we’ve got the combined race to go. It’s a new track for us and the facility is unbelievable, the best I’ve ever experienced.”

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The next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship will see the series return to the classic Sandown Raceway in Melbourne, alongside the Supercars Sandown 500.

The round will feature the first round of the all-new Endurance Cup championship; the final three rounds of the 2017 championship to feature one longer distance race alongside two sprints in a new innovation for the series this year.

The Sandown 500 will be held on 15-17 September this year.

 

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