2015 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

2015 Australian Carrera Cup Championship
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The 2015 Australian Carrera Cup Championship was an Australian motor racing competition for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. It was sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) as a national championship with Porsche Cars Australia Pty Ltd appointed as the Category Manager by CAMS.[1] The title, which was the eleventh Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship, was won by Nick Foster.

Sonic Motor Racing Services driver Foster won eight races during the season, with two runs of four consecutive victories including weekend sweeps at Townsville and Sandown. Foster finished sixty-four points ahead of Finance EZI Racing's David Russell, who took eleven podium finishes during the season but only one win, at Bathurst. Third place in the championship went to Matt Campbell (McElrea Racing), who won six races, including a weekend sweep at Surfers Paradise as part of a four-race win streak to close the season. Defending champion Steven Richards won five of the first six races, but only returned to the podium four times over the remaining sixteen races to finish fourth in the championship. Foster's teammate Nick McBride and Hamilton Autohaus driver Shane Smollen were the other race-winners, winning at Albert Park and Phillip Island respectively. Foster also won the Professional sub-classification by 46 points, while Smollen won the Elite sub-classification by 60 points ahead of Stephen Grove.

Teams and driversEdit

Nick Foster won the championship driving for Sonic Motor Racing Services.
David Russell finished runner-up in the championship driving for Finance EZI Racing.
Shane Smollen won the Elite class driving for Hamilton Autohaus.

The following teams and drivers contested the championship.

Team No. Driver Rd 3 Co-Driver[2] Class Rounds
Steve Richards Motorsport 1   Steven Richards   Dean Grant Professional All
Grove Group 4   Stephen Grove   Scott McLaughlin Elite All
McElrea Racing 5   Spike Goddard Professional 1–2
  Tony Walls Elite 7
7   Matt Campbell   Tim Miles Professional All
Garth Walden Racing 6   Ash Samadi   Dean Fiore Elite All
Porsche Centre Melbourne 8   Craig Baird   Max Twigg Professional All
Hallmarc 9   Marc Cini   Christopher Mies Elite All
Finance EZI Racing 10   David Russell   James Koundouris Professional All
Team BRM 11   Simon Hodge   Ray Angus Professional 1–5
  John Magro Professional 6
22   Richard Muscat   Sam Walter Professional All
45   Duvashen Padayachee   Indiran Padayachee Professional All
Porsche Centre Brighton 13   James Bergmuller   Alex Davison Elite All
Buik Motorsport 14   Cameron McConville   John Goodacre Professional 1–3
25   John Martin[3] Professional 4–8
26   Michael Almond   John Karytinos Professional All
AVCS 18   Max Twigg Elite 2
Lago Racing 23   Roger Lago   Steve Owen Elite 1–4
Tony Bates Racing 24   Tony Bates   Daniel Gaunt Elite All
Sonic Motor Racing Services 39   Adrian Mastronardo   Tim Slade Elite All
77   Nick McBride   Neale Muston Professional All
777   Nick Foster   Dylan Thomas Professional All
Hamilton Autohaus 56   Shane Smollen   Nick Percat Elite All
DNA Racing 65   Fraser Ross   David Ryan Professional All
Koala Motorsport 69   Brenton Griguol Elite 7
Scott Taylor Motorsport 88   Shae Davies   Geoff Emery Professional 2–3, 5-6, 8
222   Scott Taylor   Dean Canto Elite 1–5, 7–8
  Aaron Seton Professional 6

All vehicles were Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991 cars, as mandated by the championship regulations.[1]

Race calendarEdit

The championship was contested over eight rounds.[4]

Round Circuit City / State Date Pole Poisiton Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Round Winner
1 R1   Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 27 February   Nick Foster   Steven Richards   Steven Richards Steve Richards Motorsport   Steven Richards
R2 28 February   Nick Foster   Steven Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
R3 1 March   Steven Richards   Steven Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
2 R1   Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 13 March   Nick McBride   Cameron McConville   Nick McBride Sonic Motor Racing Services   Steven Richards
R2 14 March   Steven Richards   Steven Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
R3 15 March   Shae Davies   Steven Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
3 R1   Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 23 May   Cameron McConville
  John Goodacre
  Stephen Grove
  Scott McLaughlin
  Shane Smollen
  Nick Percat
Hamilton Autohaus   Shane Smollen
  Nick Percat
R2 24 May   Matt Campbell
  Tim Miles
  Stephen Grove
  Scott McLaughlin
  Nick Foster
  Dylan Thomas
Sonic Motor Racing Services
4 R1   Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 11 July   David Russell   Richard Muscat   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services   Nick Foster
R2 12 July   Steven Richards   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services
R3   Nick Foster   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services
5 R1   Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, New South Wales 22 August   Nick Foster   Matt Campbell   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing   Nick Foster
R2   Nick Foster   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing
R3 23 August   Nick Foster   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services
6 R1   Sandown Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 12 September   Matt Campbell   Nick Foster   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services   Nick Foster
R2   Nick McBride   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services
R3 13 September   Nick McBride   Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing Services
7 R1   Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 9 October   Matt Campbell   Matt Campbell   David Russell Finance EZI Racing   Matt Campbell
R2 10 October Race abandoned [N 1]
R3 11 October   Matt Campbell   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing
8 R1   Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 24 October   David Russell   Matt Campbell   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing   Matt Campbell
R2 25 October   Craig Baird   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing
R3   Matt Campbell   Matt Campbell McElrea Racing

Championship standingsEdit

Points system

Championship points were awarded at each race as per the table below:[1]

Points format Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
Three races 60 54 48 42 36 32 29 26 23 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Two races 90 81 72 63 54 48 43.5 39 34.5 30 27 24 21 18 16.5 15 13.5 12 10.5 9 7.5 6 4.5 3 1.5

Each driver was deemed by the Category Manager to be in either the Professional Class or the Elite Class for the purpose of awarding class points.[1] For class awards, each driver in each class who was classified as a finisher received points in accordance with the above pointscore table relative to each other driver in their class.[1]

OverallEdit

Pos. Driver[6] No. ADE
 
MEL
 
PHI
 
TOW
 
SYD
 
SAN
 
BAT
 
SUR
 
Pts.[6]
1   Nick Foster 777 Ret Ret DNS Ret 10th 5th 6th 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 956
2   David Russell 10 2nd 4th 3rd 5th 8th 6th Ret 16th 3rd 2nd 17th 5th 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 5th 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 892
3   Matt Campbell 7 Ret 15th Ret 4th 7th 7th Ret 11th 4th 6th 5th 1st 1st 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 860
4   Steven Richards 1 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 7th 10th 6th 3rd 2nd 3rd Ret 8th Ret 7th 4th 4th 3rd 12th 12th 11th 846.5
5   Craig Baird 8 4th 2nd 2nd 6th 4th 2nd 9th 7th 5th 5th 3rd 6th 4th 2nd Ret 10th 6th 5th 5th 5th 4th Ret 806
6   Richard Muscat 22 5th 5th 6th 8th 6th 8th 12th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th Ret DNS 9th 3rd 3rd 3rd 8th 7th 6th 5th 4th 754
7   Nick McBride 77 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 3rd 23rd 4th 5th DNS 10th 7th 8th 6th 6th 17th 11th 11th 6th 6th 9th 8th 7th 692
8   Michael Almond 26 7th 7th 7th 10th 9th 9th 11th Ret 7th 7th Ret 10th 7th 7th 8th 5th 8th 7th 11th 4th 7th 8th 538
9   Shane Smollen 56 15th 14th 12th 17th 17th 16th 1st 2nd 12th 11th 13th 13th 13th 13th 9th 16th 14th 12th 13th 10th 15th 15th 445
10   Shae Davies 88 7th 5th 4th 5th 8th 4th 5th 4th 12th 13th 9th 8th 6th 6th 438
11   Stephen Grove 4 11th 13th 13th 13th 18th 18th 2nd 6th 13th 12th 11th 14th 11th 15th 13th 15th 15th 14th 14th 18th 14th 13th 388
12   Duvashen Padayachee 45 Ret 11th 9th 9th 13th 12th 16th 17th 9th 16th 8th 12th 9th 12th Ret 17th 12th 9th 9th 7th 16th 10th 366.5
13   Fraser Ross 65 8th 9th Ret 14th 12th 10th 15th Ret 11th 19th 12th 9th 8th 19th 10th 6th Ret 10th 10th 15th 9th 9th 359.5
14   Cameron McConville 14 6th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 322
15   Tony Bates 24 9th 10th 10th 15th 14th 17th 14th 19th Ret 13th 10th DNS DNS DNS 7th 14th 13th 13th 12th 11th 11th 12th 284.5
16   John Martin 25 10th 9th 6th 7th Ret 10th Ret 9th 7th 11th 8th 20th 10th 5th 282
17   Simon Hodge 11 10th 8th 8th Ret Ret 14th 17th 18th 8th 8th 9th 11th 10th 11th 240.5
18   Ash Samadi 6 13th 17th 15th 20th 21st 20th 13th 13th 16th 15th 15th 15th 16th 16th 14th 20th 18th 16th 17th 17th 17th 18th 227
19   Adrian Mastronardo 39 Ret 16th 16th 21st 20th 21st 10th 4th 18th 20th Ret Ret 14th 17th 16th 18th 17th 18th 20th 19th Ret 17th 221
20   Marc Cini 9 14th Ret 14th 16th 19th 19th 18th 14th 15th 14th 16th 18th 17th Ret 15th 19th 19th 17th 19th 14th Ret 16th 191
21   James Bergmuller 13 DNS DNS DNS 18th 22nd 22nd Ret 15th 14th 18th 14th 16th 12th 14th 11th 21st 16th Ret 18th 13th 13th 14th 183.5
22   Roger Lago 23 12th 12th 11th Ret 15th 15th 8th 9th DNS DNS DNS 145.5
23   Scott Taylor 222 16th 18th 17th 19th 23rd Ret Ret 12th 17th 17th Ret 17th 15th 18th Ret 16th 16th 18th Ret 135
24   Aaron Seton 222 6th 12th 10th 68
25   John Magro 11 5th 8th Ret 62
26   Max Twigg 18 11th 11th 13th 50
27   Spike Goddard 5 Ret DNS DNS 12th 16th 11th 44
28   Tony Walls 5 15th 15th 22
29   Brenton Griguol 69 19th Ret 7
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

ProfessionalEdit

Pos. Driver[6] Pts.[6]
1   Nick Foster 971
2   David Russell 925
3   Matt Campbell 883.5
4   Steven Richards 881
5   Craig Baird 839
6   Richard Muscat 778
7   Nick McBride 748
8   Michael Almond 557.5
9   Shae Davies 478
10   Duvashen Padayachee 423.5
11   Fraser Ross 416.5
12   Cameron McConville 340
13   John Martin 292
14   Simon Hodge 277
15   Aaron Seton 68
16   John Magro 62
17   Spike Goddard 50

EliteEdit

Pos. Driver[6] Pts.[6]
1   Shane Smollen 1178
2   Stephen Grove 1118
3   Tony Bates 972.5
4   Ash Samadi 784
5   James Bergmuller 684
6   Marc Cini 675
7   Adrian Mastronardo 637
8   Scott Taylor 459
9   Roger Lago 393
10   Max Twigg 180
11   Tony Walls 84
12   Brenton Griguol 26

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Race abandoned due to heavy rain.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sporting and Technical Regulations – 2015 CAMS Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship – Version 2" (PDF). Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd. 26 March 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (12 May 2015). "Full Carrera Cup Pro-Am line-up revealed". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "John Martin secures Porsche Carrera Cup drive". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Results". Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship. Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Second Carrera Cup race abandoned". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Standings – Season 2015". Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship. Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

External linksEdit

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