WEBB STARTS, RICHARDS FINISHES IN ALL-PORSCHE BATTLE It was the tale of two halves in race one of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney today. Young gun Jonathon Webb, 21, led for the first...
WEBB STARTS, RICHARDS FINISHES IN ALL-PORSCHE BATTLE
It was the tale of two halves in race one of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney today.
Young gun Jonathon Webb, 21, led for the first half of the 12-lap all-Porsche race before proven campaigner Jim Richards took control when it mattered to meet the checkered flag first.
All the signs continue to indicate that the 2005 season will unveil more-and-more race contenders with Webb (Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited) joining the form duo of Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) and Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) as the top three in round three this weekend.
Webb, who started from his first-ever pole position in the Porsche series, showed great composure off-the-line to lead Richards for seven laps.
The young Sydneysider has been on a consistent improvement curve since joining the Paul Cruickshank Racing stable backed by Tekno Autosports and new sponsor Yachting Unlimited.
However the day belonged to Richards, the old master, who notched up his 29th race win in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, now in its third season in Australia.
Coulthard was slightly off-the-pace today after dominating the first two rounds of the series, but still came home in third place, just ahead of Porsche veteran Peter Fitzgerald (Abcor/Acer) who picked up two places on the first lap.
Cameron McLean (Sherrin Hire Racing) equaled his best-ever race finish in his brief Carrera Cup career to date finishing fifth. Just behind McLean was a trio of young chargers, all with the potential to one day be Australian motorsport stars.
Leading the trio was Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) in sixth position, with reigning Formula Ford champion David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) right on his tail, and the extremely committed Bryce Washington (ADRAD Radiators) ready to pounce, finishing eighth.
The top 10 was rounded out by Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) and James Cressey (Zarraffas Coffee).
Special mention and praise must go to the Perfect Vision Laser Corection-backed Celerity Racing crew led by Stephen Brook who worked all night to get Stephen Borness' Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car onto the grid after a massive qualifying shunt into the wall yesterday.
Races two and three over 12 laps will be staged tomorrow, the culmination of round three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
The Wright Patton Shakespeare 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 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup are 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.
Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek on Sunday June 19 from 2pm. <pre> RESULTS -- Saturday May 28, 2005
Race 1, 12 Laps 1. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 2. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited 3. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita 4. Peter Fitzgerald Abcor/Acer 5. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 6. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 7. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 8. Bryce Washington ADRAD 9. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi 10. James Cressey Zarraffas Coffee