McElrea Racing

The Bend South Australia

Christian Pancione

5th, 4th, 5th - Porsche Carrera Cup 'Pro Class'

Christian qualified a very a solid 5th. In race 1, he got away well holding position and dicing with experienced campaigners Russell ahead and Youlden behind finishing where he started in 5th. In race 2 Pancho had a good first lap and got to 4th then kept fighting hard to take 3rd off Russell, then fought for 2nd until Russell got by on the penultimate lap. In race 3 he got a terrible start which cost him 2 places until he pounced on Wall to get back to 5th.

Christian Pancione with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Christian Pancione with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Christian Pancione with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Christian Pancione with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022

Harri Jones

7th, 9th, 16th - Porsche Carrera Cup 'Pro Class'

Harri started race 1 from 9th and got his traditional good start and made a couple of places on the first lap which he kept in hand till the end of the race. In race 2 he made a place into 6th before getting shuffled back a couple of places to take a very frustrated 9th. Harri got a good start but came off second best after contact with another pro which spun his car. The extended safety car interventions cost him the opportunity to get back to the front.

Harri Jones with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Harri Jones with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Harri Jones with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Harri Jones with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022

Jackson Walls

9th, DNF, 12th - Porsche Carrera Cup 'Pro Class'

Jackson qualified 9th. In race 1 he lost a couple of places on the opening lap dropping to 11th then put his head down and raced forward back to 9th. In race 2 he was the victim of contact from behind at turn 5 which put him in the wall with damaged front and rear suspension. In race 3 Jackson started from the last row in Pro class and despite the lack of green-flag laps available, he did a ripper job to pass 6 cars and take 12th.

Jackson Walls with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Jackson Walls with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Jackson Walls with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Jackson Walls with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022

Bayley Hall

12th, DNF, 15th - Porsche Carrera Cup 'Pro Class'

Bayley had an electrical sensor issue in qualifying which left him down in 16th. In race 1, he did a great job to make 4 places by the chequered flag. On lap 1 of race 2, he was right in the middle of a fierce battle-pack until contact from behind at the 195 kph turn 5 put him in the fence damaging his rear suspension. Bayley started race 3 from the rear of the Pro grid and found himself amongst the more erratic pro drivers so he elected to keep his car safe and finish in one piece.

Bayley Hall with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Bayley Hall with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Bayley Hall with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Bayley Hall with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022

Tim Miles

8th, 5th, DNF - Porsche Carrera Cup 'Pro-Am Class'

Tim qualified 9th in Pro-Am. In race 1 he had a quiet run to 8th. In race 2 he had a great race with Cook and Jane and managed to improve his lap pace compared to race 1. In race 3 he was dicing with the same drivers until he braked on a white painted line in light drizzle, which adversely affected his ability to slow enough for turn 1 and he contacted another car.

Tim Miles with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Tim Miles with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Tim Miles with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022
Tim Miles with McElrea Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup at The Bend South Australia 2022

Summary

Well, what a shit of a weekend for the awesome MR crew! We are very happy for Pancho who has got his mojo back with his best Carrera Cup race finish of 4th for the weekend. Both Bayley and Jackson were the victims of contact from other drivers who both received penalties, but that didn’t help us. Harri also had a shocker weekend, but still managed to extend his championship lead!