Winning the weekend’s third round of the 2009/10 Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Melbourne’s David Reynolds led home team-mates Craig Baird and Daniel Gaunt for a one-two-three finish in the final race at Invercargill’s Teretonga circuit
Reynolds in the #8 Hampsta Indians bar Porsche 997 won two of the weekend’s three races in the six round series, moving to fifth in the overall standings – behind series leader and defending champion Craig Baird in the sister Mad Butcher ZM car.
“It’s been a good weekend – we’ve got good cars with good race pace. Unfortunately losing one second the pit-stop in the first race cost me the triple victory,” said Reynolds.
“Everyone drove very well in the last race and drove hard - and that’s what I like doing.”
Baird’s 86-point lead at the head of the standings has him ahead of rival Matt Halliday and Triple X Motorsport team-mate Daniel Gaunt – driving the #3 Placemakers Hampsta Porsche 997.
With all of the team’s five cars finishing the three races, the picture perfect fine weather was a welcome return to Auckland’s Courtney Letica following his serious crash at the previous round near Christchurch.
However his final race was dealt an early set-back when he clashed with Matt Halliday during the warm-up lap. With both cars puncturing the pair started from pit-lane with Letica finishing fifth overall for the final race.
Also dealt an early-race blow, team principal Shane McKillen was hit and spun, rejoining the rear of the field to eventually finish in 12th position.
Damage-free, the five Porsche cars will undergo extensive preparation ahead of next weekend’s fourth round being held at Timaru (23-24 January 2010).
Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge 2009/2010 points after round three (of six) - top-nine
Pos Car No. Name Hometown Total
1 1 Craig Baird Queensland 793
2 21 Matt Halliday USA 707
3 3 Daniel Gaunt Auckland 666
4 9 Jonny Reid Auckland 619
5 8 David Reynolds Melbourne 584
6 82 Andrew Bagnall Auckland 447
7 96 Anthony Pedersen Rotorua 394
8 5 Courtney Letica Auckland 394
9 2 Shane McKillen Auckland 388