Like riding a bike for Peter Carr
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.