Richards joins Porsche Carrera Cup in a return to Hidden Valley

SRM_LaserRacing_Rennsport_frnt_0516_medAfter a nine year sabbatical, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will make a welcome return to the country’s most northern venue this weekend, with round four of the 2016 season at Darwin’s Hidden Valley, a circuit which was always a favourite of Laser Racing’s Steven Richards.

“I love Darwin, it’s a fantastic place to visit in the midst of a southern Australian winter, but more than that, from the people to the venue itself, it’s always been one of my favourites,” Richards admitted.

It probably doesn’t hurt that one of Richards’ nine V8 Supercar wins came at the popular Northern territory venue in 2008, a weekend where he dominated with a win and two second placed finishes in his FPR Falcon.

This weekend though the reigning Bathurst 1000 champion will be back behind the wheel of his iconic Laser Racing Porsche Type 991 Carrera Cup car looking to get his 2016 championship back on track, and he believes Darwin could be the venue to do just that.

“A number of the guys in the field have never driven in Darwin, and whilst it might look like a pretty simple layout with a lap time of just over 60-seconds, it has its own little idiosyncrasies that take a little while to dial into. I just love the place, I really do, and I hope that I can take our current form and my experience into this weekend and build a solid foundation for an assault on the leaders in the second half of the season.”

Richard’s certainly hasn’t been idle since the third round of the season at Sydney Motorsport Park in early May, having conducted two ride day events in the #12 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Porsche in Melbourne and South Australia, whilst he has also done the equivalent of five races in Australian GT with back-to-back sprint and endurance races at Phillip Island.

“I’m ready to go, and can’t wait to get on track to be honest,” the former Carrera Cup champion admitted. “We always knew we’d be a little behind the eight-ball at Rennsport, and certainly the setback we suffered with the pre-season engine issues ahead of Clipsal didn’t do us any favours, but we showed we had the pace at the Grand Prix, and I’m pretty sure we can carry that success over to Hidden Valley.”

Whilst racing doesn’t get underway until Friday, the activation of the team began a week prior, with the team’s Laser Racing DAF XF105 completing the almost 4000-kilometre journey in time to ‘park up’ on Wednesday ready for the weekend ahead.

Darwin in June is one of the nicest places in Australia to be, with temperatures every day expected to be between 24 and 33 degrees with a very small chance of rain, usually during the evening.

2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship
Rnd#4 – Hidden Valley, Darwin, NT (17-19 June, 2016)

Schedule: [AEST – GMT +9:30]
Friday, 17 June
9:40am – Practice#1 (20-minutes)
12:40pm – Practice#2 (20-minutes)

Saturday, 18 June
11:05am – Qualifying (20-minutes)
3:10pm – Race#1 (18-laps)

Sunday, 19 June
12:25pm – Race#2 (18-laps)
4:30pm – Race#3 (18-laps)

2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (points after three rounds of eight)
1. Matt Campbell (456.5-points), 2. Nick McBride (420), 3. Alex Davison (368), 4. Ashley Walsh (276), 5. David Wall (275), 6. Michael Almond (258), 7. Steven Richards (257), 8. Fraser Ross (225.5), 9. James Bergmuller (190.5), 10. Duvashen Padayachee (182.5)

2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship
Rnd#1 – 3-6 March, Clipsal 500, Adelaide, South Australia*
Rnd#2 – 17-20 March, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Victoria
Rnd#3 – 29 April-1 May, Porsche Rennsport, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Rnd#4 – 17-19 June, Hidden Valley, Darwin, NT*
Rnd#5 – 26-28 August, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW*
Rnd#6 – 16-18 September, Sandown 500, Melbourne, Victoria*
Rnd#7 – 6-9 October, Bathurst 1000, NSW*
Rnd#8 – 21-23 October, Gold Coast, Queensland [FINAL]
* with V8 Supercars

Source. Motorsport Media

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