It was a weekend of highs and lows for the two Bob Jane T-Marts Porsches in the opening round of the Carrera Cup Australia Championship at the Adelaide street track.
Young Carrera Cup debutant Max Vidau played a cool hand in the three races, finishing eighth, sixth and fifth to leave him seventh in the championship standings. It was an excellent start to the toughest motorsport category he has ever raced in, despite this being the first-ever street race that he has ever competed at.
Vidau said that he was pleased to have the Adelaide event under his belt. “It was great to get this first race meeting under my belt with some strong results and a straight car,” said Max Vidau. “I just eased my way into it. I didn’t want to rush and try and get up to speed faster than I should. The Adelaide circuit is such an awesome place and to finish with a top five result in the last race, it puts me in a really good position heading into Albert Park. That is a track that I’ve never been to in the Porsche either, so my aim will be to just keep progressing and see where we end up.”
Experienced racer Michael Almond was made to work for all of his series points after an incident in Race 2 ruled him out of the fight for a top five place. Almond qualified ninth but raced his way to sixth in Friday’s opening race, using his smarts and skills to put himself in a stronger position. Unfortunately, an error at Turn 11 half way through Race 2 saw him nudge a concrete wall, breaking the front right upright and dropping him out of the race. From the rear, he fought back to 13th in Sunday’s shortened race, leaving him 12th in the standings.
He said that the mistake was the black mark on, otherwise, a great weekend. “Any time you get to the chance to race a Porsche around the Adelaide streets, you know you are in for a good weekend,” said Almond. “We had a really strong start on Friday with a sixth place, but I just got too wide and hit the wall at the exit of Turn 11 which took out the front right. It was a shame because we were in the mix for a top five. The last race was a shame because we didn’t really get the chance to do any real running, but for the lap that we had, I was able to make up some spots. All focus is now on Albert Park, and I can’t wait to get back to another awesome street track" said Almond
The two Bob Jane T-Marts drivers, along with the entire Carrera Cup field, only need to wait three weeks until they tackle the next race, and again it is on a famous street circuit – the Albert Park venue supporting the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
The four-day Grand Prix race festival will be held on March 12-15.