COULTHARD WINS ON WET'N WILD GOLD COAST Fabian Coulthard generated a handy buffer in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup over main rival Jim Richards after recording a win in race one at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast this ...
COULTHARD WINS ON WET'N WILD GOLD COAST
Fabian Coulthard generated a handy buffer in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup over main rival Jim Richards after recording a win in race one at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
With rain playing havoc with track conditions during the first race of round eight in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita) stayed clean and controlled to register his first-ever win around the tight and testing 4.47km street circuit.
After starting from pole position in the 11-lap encounter, Coulthard and Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) had an enthralling tussle over the first eight laps.
With constant drizzle continuing to feed deposits of water on the track, drivers found the slippery painted curbs a challenge.
Front runners Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) and David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) both had their race finish on lap three, requiring the release of the safety car.
The 23-year-old Kiwi Coulthard made a solid restart, pulling away from Richards early. However the wily veteran proved again to be a wet track master passing Coulthard on lap six and quickly establishing a second and a half lead.
Richards continued to lap faster than all other cars on the track until suffering a moment on lap nine when he spun on turn two collecting the wall and effectively demoting him to eighth.
Coulthard regained the lead and worked to extend his lead over Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods), eventually crossing the line more than eight seconds in front.
Quinn's second place equaled his best ever race result in the all-Porsche series, but the big emergence was Paul Freestone (Freestone's Transport) who drove a fantastic race to third.
It was the team owner and driver's best result ever in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup surpassing his previous best race place of seventh set at Bathurst two weeks ago.
Other big movers in race one included the youngest driver in the field Ian Dyk, 20, who came from 18th after lap two to finish sixth.
Bryce Washington (ADRAD Radiators) and Cameron McLean (Sherrin Racing) also drove well in the challenging conditions to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Coulthard has now extended his championship lead over Richards to 42 points.
Action continues tomorrow night in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Lexmark Indy 300 with Race 2 over seven laps. This will be the second consecutive year the all-Porsche championship will race at night around the tight and testing 4.47km street circuit
All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare 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.