Difficult Carrera Cup round for Hedge at Winton

Callum Hedge has come away from Round 2 of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship with mixed feelings after three difficult races at the Winton Motor Raceway.  Having qualified in second, the Kiwi driver went on to finish 16th, tenth and ninth in the three races over the weekend. He now sits sixth overall in the Michelin Junior Driver standings.

“In the first race I got squeezed wide off the start, and ended up sending it through the grass, losing heaps of spots and fought back to 16th,” commented Hedge.  “Was pretty happy with tenth in Race 2 as my car was super quick, so thanks to the Earl Bamber Motorsport crew. It was pretty hard to pass in the third race so eyes forward to the next round in Darwin.”

Harri Jones grabbed opportunity when it was presented to score a stunning victory over Dylan O’Keeffe in race one. Geoff Emery won the Morris Finance Pro-Am class after seeing off an early challenge from Liam Talbot.

Jones went on to add another trophy to his growing collection, claiming Round 2 of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship following a final-race showdown with David Russell, winning Race 3.

It was a pair of first-time winners at Winton Raceway as Morris Finance Pro-Am rookie Matt Belford claimed a home-state round win in just his second ever Carrera Cup event.

Jones’ pathway to victory was set up with his drive to win in race one, and backed up with a solid run to second in the 25-lap enduro race that commenced the Sunday program.

David Russell won that race – his first Carrera Cup victory since October 2015 – though Jones’ second position saw him lead the round points heading into the deciding finale’ later in the afternoon.

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