Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia teams travel to The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend for Round 2 of the 2021 series. The 4.95 km South Australian circuit is the second longest (behind Mount Panorama at 6.213km) of the current (confirmed) 2021 calendar and a favourite among Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drivers for its mix of fast and flowing corners.
This the third time The Bend Motorsport Park has hosted the national one-make series, with both previous rounds being won by Bob Jane T-Mart entries run by the Sonic Motor Racing team. 2018’s inaugural round was won by Michael Almond, while Jordan Love dominated all three races in the 2019 season, winning each of them by an average margin of 5.5 secs.
That round was also notable for the outstanding performances of Morris Finance Pro-Am drivers, with Liam Talbot finishing third outright in Race one Adrian Flack repeating that performance in Race two, together with a fourth overall in Race three.
Cameron Hill heads into The Bend aiming for his third consecutive round victory, having won both the shortened 2020 Australian Grand Prix and the opening round at Sandown International Raceway earlier this year. As in the Victorian round, Hill will again come under fire from a strong quartet of Michelin Junior drivers including Cooper Murray, Aaron Love, Christian Pancione and Harri Jones as well as a host of highly experienced Mobil Pro drivers including David Wall, Michael Almond, Craig Lowndes, Dale Wood, Nick McBride and Bathurst 1000 winner Luke Youlden to name but a few.
Max Vidau also marks his return to the series this round and the hard-charging Sonic Motor Racing driver is also likely to be a factor in what is one of the most competitive Mobil Pro classes in the series’ established history.
Round 1 Morris Finance Pro-Am winner, Stephen Grove, will sit out Round 2, to team-up with son, Brenton in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, to contest the GT World Challenge Australia series. With Grove out, Adrian Flack enters the round as a strong race favourite, with Geoff Emery, Tim Miles and The Bend Motorsport Park owner, Sam Shahin, also expected to be in the fight for class honours.
After two practice sessions on the Friday, teams contest a 20-minute qualifying on Saturday morning followed by a Sprint race that afternoon. A 45-minute Endurance race follows on Sunday morning before the final Sprint race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
ENTRY LIST: Round 2, The Bend Motorsport Park
7 Tim Miles Morris Finance Pro-Am No Second Chance
8 Nick McBride Mobil Pro Porsche Centre Melbourne
9 Marc Cini Morris Finance Pro-Am Hallmarc
11 Jackson Walls Mobil Pro Objective Racing
12 Harri Jones Mobil Pro Helimods
13 Sam Shahin Morris Finance Pro-Am The Bend /HTFU
20 Adrian Flack Morris Finance Pro-Am AGAS National
21 Matthew Payne Mobil Pro Team Porsche NZ
22 Dean Cook Morris Finance Pro-Am Zonzo Estate Yarra Valley
23 David Russell Mobil Pro Lago Racing
28 Luke Youlden Mobil Pro TekworkX Motorsport
35 Indiran Padayachee Morris Finance Pro-Am RentCorp Hyundai Forklifts
36 Cooper Murray Mobil Pro Lodge Brothers
38 David Wall Mobil Pro Paynter Dixon / Shannons
48 Geoff Emery Morris Finance Pro-Am Force Accessories
72 Max Vidau Mobil Pro Sonic
74 Ben Stack Morris Finance Pro-Am Dutton EMA Motorsport
76 Christian Pancione Mobil Pro VCM Performance
77 Michael Almond Mobil Pro Bob Jane T-Marts / PSA
78 Aaron Love Mobil Pro Sonic
86 Drew Hall Morris Finance Pro-Am Wall Racing
100 Dale Wood Mobil Pro Timken
111 Cameron Hill Mobil Pro Squadra Bespoke
222 Scott Taylor Morris Finance Pro-Am Scott Taylor Motorsport
338 Craig Lowndes Mobil Pro Paynter Dixon / Shannons
777 Simon Fallon Mobil Pro Bob Jane T-Marts