Carrera Cup Bathurst: Wall takes victory in race one, Grove, Twigg crash in Challenge class

Round 7 of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup

David Wall has produced a lights to flag performance in a time certain race to take the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Race one win, and extend his championship points lead.

The PAYCE/Wilson Security driver controlled the pace of the field, leading from pole position throughout and taking victory in the longest race in Carrera Cup Australia history.

Wall, who will also co-drive with Rick Kelly in the Bathurst 1000, executed a good start from the front row of the grid, as the two Sonic team mates of Nick McBride and Andre Heimgartner touched coming out of turn one behind him.

Alex Davison pounced from his fourth position on the grid, moving into second place by Griffins bend.

The Carrera Challenge battle for the lead came to an abrupt end when Stephen Grove and Max Twigg made contact on the exit of turn two, sending both cars into the concrete wall.

A lengthy safety car period punctuated the race for the clean up of the incident, but returned to the pit lane with 13-laps remaining.

Wall had a decent restart, leading from Davison and Heimgartner who squabbled up Mountain Straight.

Dylan O’Keeffe moved ahead of Jordan Love on lap four, with Cameron McConville also getting by on lap seven.

James Abela also tried a move on Love a lap later at the final corner, but locked the rear brakes and ran both of them up the escape road.

Abela quickly rejoined, but received a 15-second time penalty for the clash.

At the front of the field, McBride started to close in on fourth placed Jaxon Evans, as Heimgartner also reduced the gap to second place Davison with three laps to go.

McConville came under pressure from Michael Almond in the latter stages, but Almond couldn’t find a way past the Zagame Autosport driver.

The order stayed the same at the front of the field until the checkered flag, but Love passed Daniel Gaunt at the final corner on the last lap to take ninth.

Tim Miles claimed victory in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge class, after the race was shortened by one lap due to time certainty from his Challenge Class compatriots Grove and Twigg coming together.

Marc Cini came home second in class in the Hallmarc car.

Race two for Carrera Cup Australia will take place tomorrow at 16:30 local time.