Luff Sets Melbourne Porsche Record in Qualifying

by James Charman

The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia has set a blistering pace at the start of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend in Melbourne.

Warren Luff took pole late in the qualifying session, lapping the Albert Park circuit in 1:57.7313 seconds, smashing the previous qualifying record. Luff will line up on the grid ahead of Steven Richards, Shae Davies, Nick Foster and Craig Baird rounding out the top five.

Luff’s pole continues his immense run of form, having taken a clean sweep of victories in Adelaide.

“I had to work really hard for that pole position; it was very close at the end and these new cars are proving to be so good on every circuit that we go to. Full credit to the team and hopefully we can continue the form we had in Adelaide,” said Luff. “We always knew that this car would be very special here at Albert Park. I don’t see any reason why we can’t win again this weekend. We’ve found the car to be very consistent throughout practice and qualifying but obviously we’re going to have three tough races here this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Shane Smollen was the fastest of the Elite class drivers, taking the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge Award and tenth place on the grid.

“It’s been a good day in the new car and I’m very happy to break the two minute barrier – it’s a bit of a psychological barrier for the Elite Class drivers,” said Smollen. “I was really starting to find the limits of the new car and I think we’re going to see some sensational times over the weekend once the track rubbers up.”

There will be a race of the Porsche Carrera Cup on each day of the Grand Prix weekend, starting with a Friday evening 6:20pm race, before two live broadcasts on Australian channels Ten and One on the Saturday and Sunday.

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