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Marcus Marshall stars in Porsche Supercup at Indianapolis Queenslander Marcus Marshall bags sixth and seventh spots among elite company AUSTRALIAN Marcus Marshall has enjoyed a strong debut in the Porsche Supercup at the Indianapolis Motor ...

Marcus Marshall stars in Porsche Supercup at Indianapolis
Queenslander Marcus Marshall bags sixth and seventh spots among elite company

AUSTRALIAN Marcus Marshall has enjoyed a strong debut in the Porsche Supercup at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 25-year-old Gold Coaster finishing a sensational sixth and seventh in the two races that played support to the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Marshall, driving the #7 No Limit Property Development Porsche GT3 Cup run by the experienced Farnbacher squad, was impressive all weekend on a circuit he had never seen until last Friday.

The Queenslander, who drives for the VIP Pet Foods Racing team in identical cars in the Australian Carrera Cup, mixed it with the world's best Porsche drivers, establishing himself as a strong candidate for a berth in the series in 2004.

"When I came here I had no idea what to expect," said Marshall.

"Now I know where I'm at. This track and the competition in the Supercup are real eye openers. The thing I had to get used to most were the Michelins which are used in the Supercup. They have a very clear peak which you have to make the best use of. Then they go down a little bit but deliver a very good performance for the rest of the drive."

In the first race of two for the weekend, Marshall finished a brilliant sixth, right behind team-mate -- and championship challenger -- Frank Stippler.

Having qualified 10th in the 22-car field on a wet yet drying track, Marshall worked his way past drivers with much more overseas experience to be right on the tail of his German team-mate at the end of the race.

"It was a great race, I could even have attacked Frank, but I didn't want to interfere with the title fight," said Marshall.

In the second race, Marshall started from seventh, having qualified just 0.87s off pole position holder Wolf Henzler.

This time he was unable to work his way past any of the runners in front of him and had to settle for a consistent run to seventh place.

Marshall will arrive home in Australia tomorrow to begin preparations for the next round of the Australian Carrera Cup at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, on October 9-12.

-pcc.au-

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Drivers Marcus Marshall , Wolf Henzler , Frank Stippler