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Porsche champion to miss Albert Park

THE Porsche Carrera Cup Australia grid will be without stalwart David Wall at this week’s Albert Park season-opener.

Wall has long been a fixture in the category, racing in seasons 2006-08 and 2016-onwards (either side of the heart of his Supercars Championship career).

That’s generated tallies of 80 round starts and 236 race starts, 10 pole positions and 13 race wins. 

The 2017 champion was one of many to miss the Adelaide season finale last November but unlike others, will also be absent from Round 1 of the 2024 campaign.

V8 Sleuth understands a budget shortfall is to blame, with the 41-year-old hoping to return later in the season.

Wall Racing is coming off a controversial weekend at Symmons Plains, where its star TCR driver Tony D’Alberto won the opening race only to later have points unawarded.

With that also affecting the Race 3 starting grid, D’Alberto opted to take a stand and sit out the Sunday finale in protest.

Among additions to the Carrera Cup Round 1 field on March 21-24 will be Scott Pye in a third Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport entry.

He’ll join PCCM full-season campaigners Fabian Coulthard and Harri Jones.

Others confirmed thus far include 2023 runner-up Jackson Walls spearheading a four-car McElrea Racing effort, brothers Dale and Glen Wood as part of the Earl Bamber Motorsport camp, TekworkX Motorsport recruit David Russell, and Sonic Motor Racing Services’ quartet.

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