The seeds of Msport Racing's Oran Park weekend were sown at yesterday's qualifying when three tyres were flat spotted, leaving the Hyunda
Construction Equipment with only five good tyres for the combined 58 laps of the round's three races.
The seeds of Msport Racing's Oran Park weekend were sown at yesterday's qualifying when three tyres were flat spotted, leaving the Hyundai Construction Equipment with only five good tyres for the combined 58 laps of the round's three races.
By Race 3 - at 26 laps, the longest of the weekend - the tyres were in a fairly sad state, but Porter soldiered on, garnering a good points haul to remain 3rd in the championship.
Race 2 (16 laps - reverse grid):
Start Position: 26th
Porter knows that the secret to the reverse grid races is just to stay out of trouble. But sometimes things just don't go your way. On the entry to turn 3 on the first lap Nathan Pretty gave the Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore a fair hit in the rear bumper, turning Porter around. By the end of lap 1 Porter was last - 38th.
As Porter has had to do on too many occasions over the past two years, it was fightback time again.
And what a fightback it was! To the cheers of all of those enjoying the Hyundai Construction - Hydraulink corporate facility, Porter clawed his way back, overtaking half the field and finishing 19th.
It was a great drive, but it was a disconsolate Porter who returned to the transporter, wooing the missed opportunity of championship points and a better grid position for the start of Race 3.
Race 2 Results: 1 Clark, 2 Thompson, 3 Evangelou, 4 Smith, 5 La Delle, 6 Hobson, 7 Hunt, 8 McNally, 9 McGill, 10 Price, 19 Porter
Race 3 (26 laps):
Grid: 1 Macrow, 2 D'Alberto, 3 Caruso, 4 Price, 5 White, 6 Denyer, 7 Perkins, 8 Pretty, 9 Scott, 10 Porter
The Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore remained at about its 10th starting position, with car speed hampered by the worn tyres.
Dices with Alajajian, Hobson and McGill were eventually lost, although Porter was able to resist La Delle's push forward.
The misfortune of others gave the team an 8th position and a valuable 224 championship.
Race 3 Results: 1 Price, 2 Pretty, 3 Macrow, 4 Perkins, 5 White, 6 Hobson, 7 Alajajian, 8 Porter, 9 La Delle, 10 Scott
Pos Driver Vehicle Points
1 Macrow Falcon BA 284
2 Price Commodore VZ 274
3 White Falcon BA 258
4 Pretty Commodore VZ 256
5 Perkins Commodore VZ 256
6 Caruso Falcon BA 234
7 Porter Commodore VZ 224
8 Scott Commodore VZ 216
9 Alajajian Commodore VZ 222
10 La Delle Falcon AU 208
Pos Driver Vehicle Points
1 Macrow Falcon BA 1204
2 Price Commodore VZ 1070
3 Porter Commodore VZ 1004
4 Pretty Commodore VY 940
5 Perkins Commodore VZ 909
6 Caruso Falcon BA 848
7 Scott Commodore VZ 810
8 Wakefield Falcon AU 711
9 McGill Falcon AU 691
10 Evangelou Falcon BA 684
Mark Porter's next run in the Hyundai Construction Equipment Commodore is Round 5 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship at Mallala, north of Adelaide, on 15 to 17 September.
Catch all the action on TV ONE on Sunday, 27 August, between 3 pm and 6 pm. Check your local guides for details.