AUS: 2005 season review

2005 SEASON REVIEW - WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA The third season of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia was a magnificent showcase of its values -- innovation, emotion, aspiration and fascination. Rising...

2005 SEASON REVIEW - WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP AUSTRALIA

The third season of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia was a magnificent showcase of its values -- innovation, emotion, aspiration and fascination.

Rising international star Fabian Coulthard was crowned champion after a dominating season.

The battle for race wins was as competitive as ever with Coulthard constantly threatened by inaugural series champion Jim Richards, a group of young combatants led by Jonathon Webb, Luke Youlden, David Reynolds, Klark Quinn and Ian Dyk, and hardened racers Peter Fitzgerald and Cameron McLean.

Privateer drivers Dean Grant, Tony Quinn, Marc Cini, Ash Samadi, and the Koundouris brothers, Theo and James, provided another riveting competition for the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge.

The championship toured around five states with nine championship rounds and one non-championship round. More than 1.45 million people were exposed to the racing at these rounds.

A huge international television audience tuned into Trackside on Network Ten in Australia, TV One in New Zealand, and Motors TV throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

The championship welcomed its inaugural naming rights sponsor with financial services company Wright Patton Shakespeare partnering Carrera Cup Australia.

The year 2005 brought further growth to the 'one-make' Porsche category in Australia, with its potential to be unleashed in 2006 with the introduction of the new 997 racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Undisputed champion for season 2005 was 23-year-old New Zealand driver Fabian Coulthard from Greg Murphy Racing supported by Glenfords Tool Centres and Makita.

Coulthard: 9 Round Starts - 6 Wins, 8 Podiums, 3 Poles. 25 Race Starts -- 16 Wins. 3 Qualifying Lap Records, 2 Race Lap Records.

Runner-up for the second consecutive season after winning the championship in 2003 was Porsche stalwart Jim Richards backed by OAMPS Insurance Brokers.

Richards: 9 Round Starts -- 2 Wins, 7 Podiums, 4 Poles. 23 Race Starts -- 5 Wins. 1 Qualifying Lap Record, 1 Race Lap Record. 3 Race Wins at Non Championship Round.

Third place in a developmental year was 21-year-old Porsche fanatic Jonathon Webb from Paul Cruickshank Racing backed by Tekno Autosport and Yachting Unlimited.

To cap off a great season for the rising star was the presentation of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Michelin Driver to Europe award to Webb, as the leading driver under 30 years of age yet to race in an offshore Carrera Cup or Supercup round.

Webb: 9 Round Starts -- 1 Win, 4 Podiums, 1 Pole. 25 Race Starts -- 1 Win. Scored first ever pole position, race win and round win at Eastern Creek.

The Michelin Rookie of the Year was 27-year-old Luke Youlden from Team VIP Petfoods, who was the leading driver in their first season of Porsche racing.

Youlden: 8 Round Starts -- 4 Podiums, 1 Pole. 22 Race Starts -- 1 Win. 1 Qualifying Lap Record. Scored first ever pole position, lap record and race win at Oran Park.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge champion for the second consecutive year was 39-year-old Dean Grant backed by Aqua Max Water Heaters. Grant was the leading privateer driver over 35 years of age in a 2003-spec car.

The top three comprised Grant, Tony Quinn from Team VIP Petfoods and Theo Koundouris backed by Supabarn Supermarkets and Dare Shots, with all three winning a prized TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.

The Fuchs Hard Charger was awarded to Ash Samadi from Globe Racing for making up the most number of race positions through the entire season.

To highlight the competitiveness of the category, there were three round winners (Coulthard, Richards, Webb), an additional four podium placegetters (Reynolds, Youlden, Klark Quinn, Ian Dyk), five race winners (Coulthard, Richards, Webb, Youlden, Reynolds) and four pole setters (Coulthard, Richards, Webb, Youlden).

Five drivers also landed V8 Supercar enduro drives at Sandown and Bathurst -- Coulthard, Richards, Youlden, McLean and Alan Gurr.

The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series, and is seen as a direct pathway for young drivers into the top tier Australian motor racing series.

All cars in the 2005 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia were developed and built by Porsche's racing arm in Weissach, Germany. With a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour, the lightweight, high performance vehicles have a 400 horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM, producing a sound that is distinctly Porsche. <pre> CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia 1. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita 1275 2. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 1125 3. Jonathon Webb Yachting Unlimited / Tekno Autosports 878

TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge 1. Dean Grant Aqua-Max Water Heaters 1212 2. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 1050 3. Theo Koundouris Supabarn Supermarkets / Dare Shots 960

Wright Patton Shakespeare Michelin Driver to Europe 1. Jonathon Webb Yachting Unlimited / Tekno Autosports 1172 2. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 964 3. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 930

Michelin Rookie of the Year 1. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 1012 2. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 1005 3. Ian Dyk Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt, AEG 951

Fuchs Hard Charger 1. Ash Samadi Globe Racing 66 2. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 57 3. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 56

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Series Porsche
Drivers Greg Murphy , Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Luke Youlden , Cameron McLean , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , Peter Fitzgerald , Theo Koundouris , Ash Samadi , Jonathon Webb , Ian Dyk , David Reynolds , Marc Cini , Dean Grant , Paul Cruickshank
Teams Tekno Autosports