Victorian Steve Richards has joined his legendary father Jim on the Porsche Carrera Cup winners’ list at Albert Park with an all-the-way victory at Albert Park this afternoon, as the support class program at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix continues to provide some hotly contested competition.
Richards got the better of polesitter Nick Percat from the start, and then successfully kept the shutters up for the remainder of the eight-lapper, despite some very close attention from Craig Baird at first, before Percat took up the cause.
It was Richards’ second Carrera Cup victory in as many outings after winning the final race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in late February.
“It was a cracker start, which set me up for the race,” said Richards. “The car was good enough in the right areas to get the job done and for me to stay ahead of Percat and Baird.
“We’ll now look at some little tweaks for tomorrow, and I’m sure we’ll be pretty close again.”
The distance between Richards and third-placed Baird at the chequered flag was 1.0961 seconds, and the top six was completed by Warren Luff, Michael Patrizi and Matthew Kingsley.
Percat and Baird made contact a few times in the first half of the race before calmness intervened, leaving the main focus on the run home Percat’s attempt to unseat Richards – an ultimately futile exercise.
Max Twigg was the first ‘Elite’ driver home in 10th position after eventually getting the better of James Koundouris by one second.
All 22 drivers made it to the end, and will reassemble for race two at 12:50pm tomorrow.