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TATIANA SECURES VIP POLE POSITION IN WARWICK Olympic pole vault silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva and two of Australia's leading Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup drivers will feature in an extravaganza of motor racing to be held as part...

TATIANA SECURES VIP POLE POSITION IN WARWICK

Olympic pole vault silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva and two of Australia's leading Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup drivers will feature in an extravaganza of motor racing to be held as part of the SQIT Round 2 of the Queensland State Motor Racing Championships at Morgan Park Raceway in Warwick this Sunday, April 17.

Grigorieva, the Founding Patron of the charity Gift 4 Dreams, will present the inaugural Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Scholarship to a Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE motor sport student on the day, as well as go on a hot lap around the circuit with Team VIP Petfoods, a leading team in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.

Team VIP Petfoods will take Tatiana and some other lucky patrons on the ride of their lives around the circuit in its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars driven by father and son duo Tony and Klark Quinn.

Klark Quinn is regarded as one of the finest young motor racing talents in Australia. At the opening round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, 22-year-old Quinn placed fourth, adding to his first place in the full series last year. Tony has been a competitor in the series since its inception in 2003, finishing seventh overall last year.

The SQIT-sponsored event at Morgan Park Raceway will include a massive Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup showcase on the Sunday. Two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from Team VIP Petfoods will be on track and on display through the day, the drivers and Grigorieva will be participating in autograph sessions at 10am and 2pm, a Porsche road car from Porsche Centre Gold Coast will be featured, and Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup merchandise will be on sale.

Gift 4 Dreams is the official charity of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, and will be using the day at Morgan Park Raceway to raise money for its inaugural Scholarship. The victorious student will receive a $5,000 bursary and an internship with Porsche Centre Gold Coast and Carrera Cup teams including Team VIP Petfoods and Paul Cruickshank Racing.

Grigorieva, a keen motorsport enthusiast aiming to break into the ranks of Porsche racing in the future, said she was looking forward to presenting the scholarship at Morgan Park Raceway on Sunday.

"Gift 4 Dreams is a not for profit organisation which uses sport and healthy activity as a means to inspire disadvantaged young Australians to build healthier, happier and safer communities," said Grigorieva.

"We are delighted to be able to present this scholarship to a SQIT motor sport student, assisting in the development of a very talented young Australian, who one day may progress into the ranks of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup."

Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup CEO Jamey Blaikie said his organisation was proud to play a significant part in securing motor racing's future in Australia.

"We've been following the development of the Diploma of Motor Racing program devised by the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and have been very impressed," said Blaikie.

"This scholarship is an opportunity for us and our charity Gift 4 Dreams to provide recognition and a pathway for budding engineers or mechanics, interested in furthering their careers in motorsport.

"The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup not only has terrific drivers but some of the finest motor racing engineers and mechanics in Australia, and the Diploma of Motor Sport program can only ensure an even more successful future for Australians wanting a career in the sport."

As part of the scholarship fund raising on Sunday April 17, spectators will have the chance to win a hot lap in a Team VIP Petfoods Porsche racing machine that afternoon, reaching speeds in excess of 200km per hour.

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.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Klark Quinn , Paul Cruickshank