Interview: Australian GT 2010 - An Interview with David Wall from Round 3

Interview by Sam Tickell

Wall has found great success in his Porsche Cup S

Over the coming days we will revisit the 2010 Vodka O Australian GT Championship. In this story, we chat to Australian GT Champion, David Wall. We were able to catch up with him earlier this year at Eastern Creek. Wall went onto win the 2010 Championship - we hope you enjoy this (belated) exclusive interview. Keep an eye out over the coming days for more videos, articles and photos!

You won the Championship last year, how important was that for you and how did it make you feel?

It was our first national Championship to come away with the #1 on the door and then to come back strongly this year is certainly a plus. We finished 2nd and 3rd many times before but have never won. It was definitely an achievement, not only for myself but for the team and sponsors as well.

Your Title defense has gone very well, leading the Championship coming into the mid season.

How does the Porsche Cup S that you won last year’s Championship in compare to the Cup Car you drove in the past?
It is a lot different – it has a lot more downforce and bigger brakes. It does things a lot easier than a Cup Car does. At a lot of tracks, though a Cup Car is just as quick which is something you have to deal with. The Cup S is very balanced and very quick.

This weekend you have gone well. Can you take us through the weekend (up to qualifying)?

The track was very wet for qualifying. We thought it might dry out so we ran an old wet – which was nearly two years old. As a result we didn’t have the grip of some of the others. The car would have been quick enough for pole but we will see, if it’s wet in the race, we will definitely be fast.

Two, one hour races, how does your approach chance when compared to the sprint races?

The strategy side of things is different with the safety cars and compulsory pit stop windows but as a driver, I don’t prepare any differently. It’s an hour race – so they are not that long but long enough so it does play a part.

You have competed overseas most recently in Sepang.

Yeah, we finished third there in 2008 in the 996 RSR, the first non-factory team home. We were beaten by two 997 factory cars, so that was a big achievement and helped in a lot of areas. We will go back this year in an Australian run Mosler so we are looking forward to that.

Do you have any future plans to go to some of the classic races like Daytona, Nurburgring or Le Mans?

Yeah! Any or all of them really. I would love to do all of them and other enduros in other cars. This year I will be doing Bathurst 1000 with Brad Jones Racing (V8 Supercar Championship). Anything that comes up in front of us we will do. Like anything you have to set goals and work up to them.

What are you looking for in the rest of 2010 and 2011 in the Australian GT?

Trying to stay out of trouble for the rest of the year. Finish races and keep the #1 on the door.