David Wall is an Australian racing driver who achieved the most in GT racing. Most recently, he won the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2017. Earlier in a career, he was Australian GT champion two times, in 2009 and 2010.
In the V8 Supercars Championship, he spent four full seasons between 2012 and 2015 but without any notable result. Since 2016, he serves as an endurance driver.
Son of a racing driver started a career at the age 15
Born on January 19, 1983, in Sydney, New South Wales, as a son of racing driver Des Wall, David started his racing career at the age 15 in karting competitions.
Unlike most of the young racers who are switching from karts to formulas, David started to race with sedan cars in 2000. In the following few years, he recorded participations in different competitions with different cars (Holden Commodore, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7).
Racing with Porsche since 2006
In 2006, David made a debut both in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Australian GT Championship. In the GT Championship, he scored two wins with Paul Cruickshank Racing's Porsche 996 GT3 RSR, finishing sixth in the points.
In the Carrera Cup, he was driving a new Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for family-owned Wall Racing. Scoring two podiums, he was seventh overall and the Rookie of the Year.
Third place in the 2007 Australian GT Championship
In 2007, he was driving for Wall Racing in both competitions, again scoring better results in the GT Championship. He was a race winner two times in the #38 Porsche 996 GT3 RSR, sharing a car with father in some races, to finish third in the points behind Allan Simonsen and Bryce Washington.
In the 2007 Carrera Cup, he finished seventh without wins. In 2008, he participated only in the Carrera Cup, driving for Jim Richards Racing and taking his first victory at Sandown. At the end of the season, he was 7th in the points.
In 2008, Wall also recorded some notable results in endurance races, finishing third overall in a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR at Merdeka Endurance Race (today Sepang 12 Hours) and fifth overall with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX at Bathurst 12 Hour.
2009 – Australian GT champion for the first time
In 2009, Wall returned to Australian GT Championship with #38 Wall Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S. In fourteen races, he was thirteen times on a podium, including eight wins, dominantly winning the title. He was also a winner of the Australian Tourist Trophy, awarded to a driver who scored most points at Eastern Creek and Phillip Island rounds of the Championship.
Outside GT Championship, Wall finished fourth overall at Bathurst 12 Hour in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. One of the co-drivers was his father. Wall also made a debut in the V8 Supercars Championship as an endurance driver to Paul Cruickshank Racing. He was sharing the #333 Ford BF Falcon with Leanne Tander, finishing 19th at Phillip Island and 18th at Bathurst 1000.
Defending Australian GT Championship title in 2010
David Wall managed to defend the Australian GT Championship title in 2010 at the wheel of the #1 Wall Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S. He was a race winner five times, becoming the first multiple champion in a history of the Australian GT Championship. He also collected most points at endurance races at Phillip Island and Eastern Creek, winning the Australian Tourist Trophy for the second year in a row.
Outside championship, he finished second at Bathurst 12 Hour before his team was excluded. His father was again among his co-drivers. In the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship, Wall joined Karl Reindler in the #21 Holden VE Commodore, finishing 17th at Phillip Island and 15th at Bathurst 1000.
2011 – a full season in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
In 2011, Wall stepped in as a full-time driver in the V8 Supercar development series, sponsored by Fujitsu, driving the #83 Holden for Tony D'Alberto Racing. Without wins or podiums, he finished 11th in the points. Wall was again an endurance co-driver to Karl Reindler in the V8 Supercars Championship, finishing 14th at Bathurst 1000.
He made a guest appearance in the Australian GT Championship with #1 Porsche at Eastern Creek, winning one race and finishing second in another race. At 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour, he finished fourth overall in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S.
Full time in the V8 Supercars Championship since 2012
In 2012, Wall progressed to the V8 Supercars Championship as a full-time driver of the #21 Holden VE Commodore, operated by Brad Jones Racing and sponsored by Wilson Security. He finished 25th in the points, not finishing better than in the 14th place. He was also 14th at Bathurst 1000, sharing a car with Chris Pither.
Wall spent one more season in the #21 Holden, progressing to 21st place in the final standings. His best race result was the seventh place in the first race at Surfers Paradise. Chris Pither was again his endurance co-driver. They finished 22nd at Bathurst 1000.
Driving for Dick Johnson Racing in 2014
For the 2014 V8 Supercars season, Wall joined Dick Johnson Racing to drive the #17 Ford FG Falcon, retaining Wilson Security sponsorship. He scored his career-best V8SC finish with fifth place at Winton Raceway. His endurance co-driver was Steven Johnson. They retired in Bathurst 1000. At the end of the season, Wall was 21st in the points.
Outside V8 Supercars Championship, Wall participated in the Muscle Car Masters series, winning the championship title with Ford Mustang for the second year in a row. He added two more titles later, in 2015 and 2016.
Racing with Volvo S60 in 2015
For the 2015 V8 Supercars season, Wall changed a team once again. He joined Garry Rogers Motorsport to drive the #34 Wilson Security Volvo S60.
He was far from the top, with 15th place as the best result in few races, finishing 23rd in the final points. Wall's endurance co-driver was Chris Pither. They retired in Bathurst 1000.
Two podiums at Surfers Paradise in 2016
They were fourth at Sandown 500 and then finished on a podium two times at Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise. They were second in Saturday's race and third in Sunday's race. At Bathurst 1000, McLaughlin and Wall finished 15th. When collecting all points from endurance races, they finished third in the Enduro Cup.
In 2016, Wall also participated in the inaugural Bathurst 6 Hour race, sharing a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX with John Bowe. They were third overall and the winners of A1 class. At Bathurst 12 Hour, Wall didn't finish the race in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S.
Returning to Porsche Carrera Cup and winning a title in 2017
In 2016, after losing a full-time seat in the V8 Supercars Championship, Wall returned to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. Driving the #38 Porsche for Wall Racing, he won one race to finish third in the points, behind Matt Campbell and Alex Davison.
In 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup, David Wall was a race winner four times, one less than Andre Heimgartner. But, Wall collected more podiums to finish the season with a 20-point advantage over Heimgartner, finally taking a championship title in a series in which he made a debut eleven years earlier.
Endurance co-driver to Rick Kelly in 2017
In the 2017 V8 Supercars Championship, Wall was an endurance co-driver to Rick Kelly in the #15 Nissan Altima. They were in the mid-field in all four races, finishing best in the tenth place in Saturday's race at Surfers Paradise. At Bathurst 1000, they were 13th.
In 2017, Wall also participated in other endurance races at Mount Panorama Circuit. He finished 15th overall and B class winner at Bathurst 12 Hour, sharing a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup with Dean Grant, Dylan O'Keeffe and Xavier West. At Bathurst 6 Hours, he and John Bowe retired in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX.
In 2018, Wall focused his career to Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing second in the points with three wins in 24 races. He didn't return to Supercars Championship as an endurance co-driver, coming to Mount Panorama only at Bathurst 12 Hour race in a Lamborghini Gallardo.