May 15, 2018 - Adelaide teenager Max Vidau has shown blistering pace yet again in the second round of the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup season at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway across the weekend, racing to second place in the final race of the event after clawing back from outside the top ten.
The South Australian former Formula Ford champion won on his debut in the Porsche category on home soil at The Bend Motorsport Park last month, qualifying on the front row (2nd) for the inclement weather impacted second round at Sandown.
Vidau took the lead from the start of the first of three races of the weekend, however a clash with Cooper Murray dropped him to third. The race stewards handed Vidau a 26-second post-race penalty that consequently relegated his result to 12th.
With progressive grid orders used in the category, Vidau was forced to start from the 12th spot on the starting grid for the second race of the weekend. However, he once again showed his speed by climbing up to fourth place despite limited green-flag running.
“The race was pretty hectic and we climbed up to fourth, but we didn’t get many green racing laps to make it more,” says Vidau. “It was good fun to pass lots of cars, especially on a track like Sandown where you have to really commit to the move.” Vidau made further gains in the third and final race of the weekend with a superb second place, setting a new lap record in his chase of eventual winner Murray.
“I got a shocking start but fought back to second, but we set the lap record and clawed down the gap, even though traffic didn’t help, and we had to settle for second,” says Vidau. Vidau finished in fourth place overall for the round, bemoaning the penalty in the first race that set the tone for his weekend. “It wasn’t my best weekend, with a few mistakes on my behalf, but the team gave me a great car with setting a new lap record the proof,” reflects Vidau. “It shows we have the speed to win, we just need to clean up the racing when we get to Phillip Island and beyond.”
Vidau is currently placed second in the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia championship standings, nine points behind the leader.
The next event on the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia schedule is at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria from June 1 to 3.