AUS: Gold Coast Friday notes

TWO FROM TWO FOR DAVISON ON THE GOLD COAST Former series champion Alex Davison made it two from two in round seven of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Lexmark Indy 300 today, in his pursuit of rival Craig Baird for...

TWO FROM TWO FOR DAVISON ON THE GOLD COAST

Former series champion Alex Davison made it two from two in round seven of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Lexmark Indy 300 today, in his pursuit of rival Craig Baird for the championship lead.

Showing the determination of someone on a mission to close a championship gap, Davison guided his Glenfords Tool Centres/Dewalt Porsche on an unchallenged path to the finish line.

The 26-year-old well and truly strengthened his position in the series and was further assisted in his chase for top spot when current front-runner Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) encountered gear box dramas on the opening lap and was forced out of the race.

Reconfirming his dominance on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Davison again reset the performance bar by clocking successive lap record times on his way to a deserved win.

As he had done during race one, David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) kept Davison on his toes and mounted early pressure on the leader.

But his resolve to convert pressure into creating a potential passing opportunity was served a minor blow when forced to brake hard on lap four which virtually gifted the win to Davison.

Further back in the field the competition for the remaining podium place was just as enthralling as 2003 champion Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) refused to relinquish third spot, despite the increasing challenge from David Russell (Boom Logistics/Sherrin Hire).

Proving the intensity and competitiveness of drivers throughout the entire field there was no shortage of hustle and bustle in the battle for championship points.

Unfortunately for Paul Freestone (Star Track Express) and Aaron Caratti (Firepower) a major coming together on the back straight on lap six created an early exit for each and forced the eight-lap event to be completed under safety car conditions. Both drivers came out of the incident physically unscathed but the damage to Freestone's Porsche forced his withdrawal from Sunday's race three.

With Davison further closing in on Baird's lead in the Championship, much attention will now focus on the New Zealand driver's ability to fight back from an unfamiliar starting position at the rear of the grid in the third and final race on Sunday.

Drivers in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will enjoy the luxury of a rest day on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Twenty-two drivers from Australia and New Zealand in 22 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) cars will be vying for prestigious championship acclaim in 2006. Exhibiting innovation, emotion, aspiration and fascination, the marque is Porsche and the championship is the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.

The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The championship, now in its fourth season in Australia, will travel to nine events (eight official championship rounds) in five states in 2006 and exhilarate crowds of more than 1.3 million people.

All cars in the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia were developed and built by Porsche's racing headquarters 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.

Drivers will vie for the prestigious Overall Championship in 2006, as well as a host of other awards including the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for the leading privateer driver 30 years of age or older; the Wright Patton Shakespeare Michelin Driver to Europe for the leading driver under 30 years of age who has not previously driven in a Porsche Michelin Supercup or International Carrera Cup round; the Michelin Rookie of the Year for the leading driver who has not competed in more than six rounds of a Porsche racing series prior to 2006; and the Mobil 1 Hard Charger for the driver who makes up the most number of grid positions in points-scoring races over the eight rounds.

The championship is proudly sponsored by Wright Patton Shakespeare which offers a full range of financial services products from superannuation and insurance through to home loans and investment property. Wright Patton Shakespeare consists of four specialist companies -- Finance, Realty, Financial Services and Law.

-credit: cupcar.com.au

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Craig Baird , Alex Davison , Bob Jane , Paul Freestone , David Reynolds , David Russell