DAVISON REVELS IN INTRODUCTION OF NEW PORSCHE Alex Davison returned to racing Porsches in style today by leading both practice sessions in round one of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. The 2004 series...
DAVISON REVELS IN INTRODUCTION OF NEW PORSCHE
Alex Davison returned to racing Porsches in style today by leading both practice sessions in round one of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
The 2004 series champion gained the early ascendancy over his rivals in the brand new 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup that the 22-strong field had the pleasure of driving for the first time today.
The early indication was that this year's Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup would be the most competitive in its four-year history.
Although Davison, driving for the Glenfords-backed Paul Cruickshank Racing, topped the time sheets, he was followed closely by a legion of rivals including David Reynolds, Craig Baird, Jim Richards, Ian Dyk, Jonathon Webb and newcomer Dean Fiore.
The 26-year-old Davison set a best time of 1:25.1871, almost half a second ahead of the fastest time set in practice last year with the 996 Porsche.
Young gun Reynolds shrugged off shoulder soreness from a recent operation to sit second on the time sheets with a fastest lap of 1:25.3893.
The Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Sonic Motor Racing driver is embarking on his second season in the all-Porsche category, after winning the Australian Formula Ford championship in 2004.
While injury hindered Reynolds, illness hampered the performance of another returning Carrera Cup driver in Craig Baird.
Representing Team VIP Petfoods in a fulltime campaign in his beloved Porsche, the ex V8 Supercar star still produced the third fastest time of the day in 1:25.4023.
Ready to pounce tomorrow is the ageless Jim Richards who commands respect every time he hits the track in his OAMPS Insurance Brokers-backed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The 2003 series winner and runner-up for the past two seasons clocked 1:25.6774, just ahead of the 22nd and most recent entrant into this year's field, Ian Dyk.
With a new team, Juniper Racing, and a year's experience racing Porsches, the 20-year-old is set for a breakthrough season.
Youth was certainly the order of the day today with only two drivers, Richards and Baird, in the top 10 fastest on the timesheets that are aged over 30.
Sixth to 10th fastest comprised Webb, Fiore, David Russell, David Wall and Klark Quinn -- all young tyros on the rise.
Round one at the Clipsal 500 will continue tomorrow with Qualifying in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.