MAIDEN WIN GIVES KIWI COULTHARD FLYING START Melbourne-based Kiwi Fabian Coulthard secured his maiden round win in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup after an edge-of-the-seat battle with Jim Richards at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this...
MAIDEN WIN GIVES KIWI COULTHARD FLYING START
Melbourne-based Kiwi Fabian Coulthard secured his maiden round win in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup after an edge-of-the-seat battle with Jim Richards at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this weekend.
With the ledger even at a race win apiece, Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita) and Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) knew that today's race three winner would return home with the spoils.
When the green light went, Coulthard got off to a rocketship start to lead Richards and Team VIP Petfoods duo Luke Youlden and Klark Quinn around the first 3.22km circuit.
The 22-year-old who is about to embark on a Porsche Supercup test in Germany at the end of the month, put a small gap on his rivals over the first three laps before Richards set the fastest lap of the day on the fourth circuit.
Then on lap five, 19-year-old reigning Formula Ford champion David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) had a major shunt into the wall on the high-speed turn eight which required the Wright Patton Shakespeare Safety Car.
Reynolds walked away with no injury, however the Number-14 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he is campaigning will require significant repairs by his Sonic Motor Racing crew before the next round in Barbagallo in six weeks.
After three safety car laps, Coulthard had to use all of his skill and concentration to keep the former series champion in Richards behind him for the final four laps.
He managed to do this after a last turn lunge by Richards was to no avail, and last year's rookie winner claimed his first ever round win in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
Coulthard becomes the sixth different round winner in Australian Carrera Cup history, joining the likes of Richards, Alex Davison, Marcus Marshall, Tim Leahey and Craig Baird.
"This is a great way to start the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup season," said Coulthard. "Jim is a great competitor and makes you work and concentrate all the way to the line, and there will be fantastic racing all season long."
The Glenfords Tool Centres-backed driver now sits atop the championship standings with 174 points with Richards in second on 168 points.
Impressive rookie Youlden, fresh from V8 Supercar racing in past seasons, got faster and faster as the weekend progressed, ending up on the podium in his first-ever official Porsche round.
Youlden's best lap time in race three was less than one-tenth of a second behind Coulthard's best time in the final race, showing his improvement and ability to match the top duo in coming rounds.
Coulthard's team mate Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres / Hitachi) was another improver as the round wore on, finishing fourth in race three in his debut Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup round.
Quinn ended up fifth in race three which was enough to give him fourth place overall for the round. Paul Cruickshank Racing's Jonathon Webb was sixth today and for the round, while the youngest driver in the field Ian Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt, AEG), 19, placed an impressive seventh.
Melbourne's Dean Grant (Aqua-Max Water Heaters) leads the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge after round one for amateur drivers over 35 years in a 2003-spec Porsche.
Youlden's performances have also given him an early lead in the Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe and Michelin Rookie of the Year awards.
After a tumultuous weekend, Peter Fitzgerald (Abcor / Acer) made up plenty of ground in race three to lead the Fuchs Hard Charger award alongside the winner for the past two seasons Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods).
Round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is scheduled for Barbagallo Raceway in Perth from May 6 to 8. Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 on Sunday March 27 from 2pm.
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. <pre> RESULTS
Race 3, Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, Saturday March 19, 2005 1. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita 12 Laps 2. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 12 Laps 3. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 12 Laps 4. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 12 Laps 5. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 12 Laps 6. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 12 Laps 7. Ian Dyk Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt, AEG 12 Laps 8. Peter Fitzgerald Abcor / Acer 12 Laps 9. James Cressey Paul Cruickshank Racing 12 Laps 10. Dean Grant Aqua-Max Water Heaters 12 Laps
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS After Round 1 1. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita 174 2. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 168 3. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 144
TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE (For Amateur Drivers 35 years or over in a 2003-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car) 1. Dean Grant Aqua-Max Water Heaters 174 2. Ash Samadi Globe 144 3. Marc Cini ADAMCO 138
MICHELIN PORSCHE DRIVER TO EUROPE (For Drivers under 30 yet to drive in a German Carrera Cup or Porsche Cup Round) 1. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 180 2. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 150 3. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 144
MICHELIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (For Drivers who have competed in six or less rounds of a Porsche racing series) 1. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 180 2. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 162 3. Ian Dyk Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt, AEG 138
FUCHS HARD CHARGER (For the Driver who makes up the most grid positions in Carrera Cup Races) 1. Peter Fitzgerald Abcor / Acer 11 1. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 11 3. Rodney Jane Bob Jane T-Marts 8