AUS: Wakefield Park Friday notes

ADELAIDE MOTOR RACING STAR SHINES AT WAKEFIELD PARK Adelaide's own Bryce Washington put the disappointment of the Clipsal 500 behind him to record the fastest time in practice today at round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at...

ADELAIDE MOTOR RACING STAR SHINES AT WAKEFIELD PARK

Adelaide's own Bryce Washington put the disappointment of the Clipsal 500 behind him to record the fastest time in practice today at round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Wakefield Park near Goulburn.

Washington (ADRAD Racing) clocked a best lap time of 59.8563 seconds in his 997-type Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the category's first visit to Wakefield Park.

With a good preseason of testing behind him, Washington was set to excel at the Clipsal 500 before being caught up in a few accidents that sent his round result plummeting.

Following Washington on the practice time sheets today at Wakefield Park was another young up-and-comer in Australian motor racing circles in David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) who also bettered the one minute mark clocking 59.9699 seconds.

Series leader Craig Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) was content enough with his 1:00.1305 set in the first practice session this morning that he decided to sit out the second session and conserve his Porsche's Michelin tyres.

Reynolds' team mate at Sonic Motor Racing Dean Fiore also had an encouraging day by posting the fourth fastest time of 1:00.1690 set in the first session and then was second fastest in the final session.

David Wall (Glenfords Tool Centres / Hitachi) was the fastest out of the Paul Cruickshank Racing drivers and fifth overall with a lap time of 1:00.2480. Wall was just ahead of team mate and 2004 series champion Alex Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres / DeWalt) with 1:00.2536.

Last year's Formula 3 champion and outright lap record holder at Wakefield Park Aaron Caratti (Firepower) was also quick out of the box with a clean lap of 1:00.5072, while Porsche master Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) was eighth on the time sheets with a best of 1:00.5157.

All Porsche teams were preparing for Sunday's milestone occasion -- a compulsory pit stop race over a longer-than-usual 25 laps of the 2.2km circuit.

For the first time in Carrera Cup history around the world, a compulsory pit stop has been added to race one at Wakefield Park.

Since the Carrera Cup category was established in Germany in 1990 there has never been a race conducted with a compulsory pit stop, which will include a wheel and tyre change within a designated pit window.

Round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Wakefield Park will continue tomorrow with Qualifying at 11.15am.

-www.cupcar.com.au

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Craig Baird , Alex Davison , Bob Jane , Bryce Washington , David Wall , David Reynolds , Aaron Caratti , Dean Fiore , Paul Cruickshank