Kiwi talent Callum Hedge has reduced the gap to championship leader Jackon Walls to just 20 points and claimed a significant grid advantage over his rival in this afternoon’s qualifying session of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Adelaide 500.
The Team Porsche New Zealand and Earl Bamber Motorsport driver took the pole with a new lap record of 1:20.3777, topping second-fastest Dale Wood by three-tenths of a second.
Impressively, Hedge’s time comes in his first-ever dry run on the track after a rain-affected and shortened qualifying on Thursday. A damp track also hindered proceedings in this morning’s practice, with Hedge finding the wall and causing light damage at the end of the session.
Championship leader Walls only managed the eighth-quickest time in qualifying, leaving him plenty of work to do to minimise his losses to the Kiwi pole-sitter in this evening’s 24-lap Enduro Cup race.
Dylan O’Keefe and Max Vidau start off the second row, with Bayley Hall and former champions Alex Davison and Fabian Coulthard, the other drivers between the two championship contenders.
This weekend’s opening race begins at 5.55 pm this evening, with 11-lap races set for 3.20 pm on Saturday and 3.15 pm on Sunday.
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