Carrera Cup title set to be crowned at Gold Coast

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The 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion is set to be crowned this weekend at the series’ final round on the streets of the Gold Coast.

Three drivers still have a mathematical chance of taking the championship, after a thrilling sea-saw 8 round season, which most recently visited the Mount Panorama Circuit.

David Wall currently holds a 62-point lead over nearest rival Andre Heimgartner, while third protagonist Alex Davison sits a further 30-points back.

To enhance the beachside showdown which will take place this weekend, all three drivers finished on the podium at Mount Panorama, with a total of 180-points available across the Gold Coast weekend.

Wall, who hasn’t finished outside the top six so far in the 2017 season is confident heading into the weekend.

“I’m feeling good and I think it’s a testament to everyone at Wall Racing that we’re in the hunt,” said Wall.

“I’m very chuffed to be there. Everyone has put in the hard yards since a strong showing at the end of last year and I’m proud of that and looking forward to getting stuck into it.

“We’ve put everything we can into making the car as good as possible and I’m ready personally, too.”

Heimgartner sits in a similar boat to Wall, both chasing their first Carrera Cup championship win.

“After leading the championship early and now chasing David Wall, this title has been something I have been working towards all year long and with the final round hitting the track this weekend, I am going to be throwing everything I can at it,” said Heimgartner.

The Sonic Motor Racing driver will once again perform double duties at the Gold Coast, replacing an injured Ash Walsh aboard the #14 Brad Jones Racing Commodore alongside co-driver Tim Slade, as he did so for the Bathurst 1000.

Slade and Heimgartner’s combined efforts lead them to finish ninth in the Bathurst 1000, with the latter stating ‘double duties’ will pose no problems this weekend to either of his commitments.

“After the results at Bathurst, I am feeling confident of a strong result this weekend, but as we know, anything can happen on the streets of the Gold Coast!”

While 2004 Carrera Cup champion Davison has an outside chance of repeating in 2017, he leads the Endurance Cup standings after claiming victory in the longer race at Sandown and second place at Bathurst.

The Endurance campaign will also be decided at the Gold Coast, with a 28-lap race scheduled for Sunday morning, more than double the 12-lap distances set for Race 1 and 3.

Stephen Grove wrapped up the Tag Heuer Challenge title at Bathurst, however the class’ Endurance title is far from decided, with the absence of leader Tim Miles as a result of business commitments.

Marc Cini is best-placed to benefit, sitting second in the Carrera Challenge Endurance Cup standings ahead of Graham Williams and Grove.

Round 8 of the season supports the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 on October 20-22.