COULTHARD ADDS TO WEBBER'S AUSTRALASIAN PRESENCE AT SILVERSTONE Australia might have Mark Webber in this weekend's Formula 1 World Championship round at Silverstone in England, but another local will fly both the Australian and New Zealand flag...
COULTHARD ADDS TO WEBBER'S AUSTRALASIAN PRESENCE AT SILVERSTONE
Australia might have Mark Webber in this weekend's Formula 1 World Championship round at Silverstone in England, but another local will fly both the Australian and New Zealand flag in the major support race -- the Porsche Michelin Supercup.
Fabian Coulthard, who contests the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup series in Australia, will take on the world's best Porsche drivers over 12 laps of the 5.141km Silverstone circuit on Sunday preceding the Formula 1 race.
The 22-year-old from New Zealand was awarded the Porsche Michelin Supercup drive for winning the Porsche Michelin Driver to Europe award last year as the leading driver under 30 years of age in the Australian Carrera Cup.
Coulthard will drive the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (997 series) which will be introduced to Australian racing next year in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
He completed an impressive 90-lap test session at Leipzig in Germany last month in the new 911 GT3 Cup car, which this year is being raced exclusively in the Porsche Michelin Supercup. The test was preparation for his one-off race in the guest VIP Porsche at Silverstone -- a circuit he knows well following his British Formula Renault days in 2003.
The Porsche Michelin Supercup has supported the Formula 1 World Championship since 1993, with Silverstone the ninth race of the 13-race series in 2005.
Italian Allesandro Zampedri currently leads the 2005 Porsche Michelin Supercup on 111 points following one race win and a string of four second-placings. Belgian David Saelens lies second on 103 points despite being the only driver to have won two races so far this year. Germany's Christian Menzel is third on 89 points.
Coulthard will be aiming to better the performance of Australian Marcus Marshall who was the inaugural winner of the Porsche Michelin Driver to Europe award in 2003. Marshall went on to place sixth and seventh in two races of the Porsche Michelin Supercup at Indianapolis in late 2003.
Driving for the Glenfords Tool Centres-backed Greg Murphy Racing team in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, Coulthard has accrued an impressive record across his two seasons in the all-Porsche category.
This year Couthard sits second in the championship after three rounds just behind inaugural series champion Jim Richards. His 2005 resume includes three round starts for two round wins, and nine race starts for four race wins and another three top-three finishes.
Last year in his rookie season, Coulthard finished third overall after 26 race starts for 19 top-three placings including two race wins.
While the Porsche Michelin Supercup supports the Formula 1 World Championship, the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Australia. Round four of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is being held at Queensland Raceway from July 22 to 24.