Like rid­ing a bike for Peter Carr

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

DRIV­ING cars at break­neck speed has proved to be just like rid­ing a bike for Peter Carr af­ter he capped a su­perb re­turn to the Aussie Rac­ing Cars se­ries with a “per­fect” win at Townsville yes­ter­day.

Fresh from set­ting a new lap record in his race three win on Satur­day, the Syd­neysider backed it up with an­other vic­tory af­ter the race was ef­fec­tively re­duced to a one- lap show­down at Reid Park.

A spin- out by Grant Thomp­son on lap seven meant the field was forced be­hind a safety car un­til the fi­nal lap, with Carr hold­ing out the op­po­si­tion.

The 37- year- old had not raced in the cat­e­gory since the New Zealand round last year, but showed he had not lost his touch with sec­ond place in the first two races be­fore two wins.

“I’ve been re­plac­ing tar­mac with a bit of dirt,” he said.

“I’ve been do­ing side- by­side buggy rac­ing on mo­tocross tracks and also the Finke Desert Race, which is Aus­tralia’s big­gest off road race.

“I’ve been around a long time in this cat­e­gory and I’ve gone away and come back a few times and man­aged to be at the pointy end, but cer­tainly this week­end was above that.

“That was the race of my life, I did not put one foot wrong.”

Carr was cruis­ing to vic­tory be­fore the safety car made his mis­sion a lit­tle more stress­ful.

“When I saw that safety car I nearly started cry­ing,” he said. “With the two re­stric­tors it was open slather down the straight.

“I man­aged to check the guys out of the last turn and had it in first gear, but went right at the power down point and caught them sleep­ing.

“I lit­er­ally don’t think I’ve raced a more per­fect race.”

West­ern Syd­ney Mo­tor­sports’ Craig Woods ex­tended his cham­pi­onship lead by fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Carr.

Townsville fa­ther- daugh­ter duo Dale and Madi­son Dun­ston fin­ished 13th and 17th.

Cameron Hill claimed the fi­nal Toy­ota 86 Rac­ing Se­ries event, ham­pered by an ac­ci­dent by year 12 stu­dent Calum Jones which saw his car crash into a cor­ner on its roof.

In the V8 Su­per Ute Se­ries Gold Coast’s Ryal Har­ris sealed a dom­i­nant week­end by cruis­ing to his third win in as many races.

Har­ris won yes­ter­day’s fi­nale by more than six sec­onds, de­spite the race be­ing re­duced to just six laps due to a crash in the Toy­ota 86 class.

In the GT Se­ries, Lam­borgh­ini driver Glen Wood claimed overall round hon­ours by back­ing up a win in race two yes­ter­day morn­ing by fin­ish­ing third be­hind Mercedes’ Max Twigg and Audi pair­ing Du­vashen Pa­day­achee and Ash Walsh in the fi­nal race.

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