When you’re hot, you’re hot – and Warren Luff’s on fire, as Mark Fattore reports
In-form Warren Luff has qualified on pole position for the Porsche Carrera Cup program at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Fresh from a clean sweep in the opening round of the championship at the Clipsal 500 two weeks ago – three wins from as many outings -- Luff maintained his competitive edge in the 20-minute qualifying session.
His best lap was a 1:57.7313 in his 911 GT3 – the first of three drivers to eclipse the current lap record of 1:58.3646.
Steve Richards (1:57.8188) will sit alongside Luff on the 12-row grid, followed by Shae Davies (1:57.9107), Nick Foster (1:58.4055), perennial Albert Park winner Craig Baird (1:58.6092) and Michael Patrizi (1:58.7619).
Baird is a five-time Porsche Carrera Cup title winner, and has won seven of the last nine races in the category at Albert Park.
Twenty-three drivers made it through qualifying with Shane Smollen the fastest ‘Elite’ class driver in 10th position. The Elite class is essentially for amateur drivers who don’t race professionally – or a “high-speed round of golf” according to some pundits.
The Porsche Carrera Cup is celebrating its 10th season of racing in Australia this year, complete with the brand new Type 991 GT3 car, which has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and a new F1-style paddle shift gear change.
The car produces 460 horsepower from its 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine.
Race one – of three -- will be held at 6:20pm on Friday.