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GRAND PRIX HAT TRICK TO START CARRERA CUP SEASON Wet weather experience was the vital factor in today's race three of the Michelin Carrera Cup at the Australian Grand Prix, with the master Jim Richards completing a hat track of race wins to...

GRAND PRIX HAT TRICK TO START CARRERA CUP SEASON

Wet weather experience was the vital factor in today's race three of the Michelin Carrera Cup at the Australian Grand Prix, with the master Jim Richards completing a hat track of race wins to start the Australian Porsche season.

Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) was too strong in the conditions over eight laps, with young star Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres) finishing second for the third race in a row.

A big improver today was veteran racer Charlie O'Brien (Peter Osborne Motorsport) from the Gold Coast who managed to rise to third on the opening lap and hold that position until the checkered flag.

It was a case of experience, youth, experience, youth, with another young gun Jonathon Webb finishing fourth to cap off a promising weekend for the 21-year-old Sydneysider.

At the front of the field, it was Richards who got a great start to put a decent gap on Coulthard for the first six laps. Over the closing stages, last year's Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe winner and Michelin Rookie of the Year Coulthard hauled back most of the gap to finish within a couple of seconds of Richards.

"It's a great start to the season, and has given us a boost going into the first round at the Clipsal 500 in a couple of weeks," said Richards. "It will be a tough season with the likes of Coulthard coming through strongly, but that makes the racing really interesting."

Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts) showcased his formidable wet track driving to place fifth -- his best race result since round two at Eastern Creek last year.

The top 10 was rounded out by Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods), Peter Fitzgerald (Abcor, Acer), Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods), Paul Freestone (Freestone's Transport) and the youngest driver in the field Ian Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres) at 19.

Today's race which was televised live nationally on Network Ten's coverage of the Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix had a few dramatic moments headlined by a slide and double flip in the sand by Ash Samadi (Globe Projects).

The 35-year-old from Sydney walked away from his damaged Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car uninjured, and leaves this weekend's non championship round with the most spectacular moment.

The first official round of the 2005 Australian Carrera Cup will be held at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 17 to 20.

The Carrera Cup is the most successful 'one make' championship in the world, and is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Australia.

All cars in the Carrera Cup are developed and built by Porsche' 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.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Rodney Jane , Fabian Coulthard , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , Paul Freestone , Peter Fitzgerald , Ash Samadi , Jonathon Webb , Ian Dyk