Canberra Race 2 & 3, Round 2 GTP Nations Cup

DRIVERS Mark Williamson and Peter Fitzgerald scored their first wins of the season to complete a clean sweep for Porsche in round three of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Canberra today. After Jim Richards yesterday delivered...

DRIVERS Mark Williamson and Peter Fitzgerald scored their first wins of the season to complete a clean sweep for Porsche in round three of the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup in Canberra today.

After Jim Richards yesterday delivered the German make's first win in the new GTP Nations Cup in race one, Williamson followed up with victory in the reverse-grid race two this morning and three-time GTP champion Fitzgerald took out race three.

Ferrari F360 Modena driver Mark Noske kept his lead in the Meguiar's Top Marques Drivers Championship with second, third and fourth places for the weekend, but Richards has cut the gap to second to just two points as the teams head for round four in Queensland on 2 July.

Williamson, who formed a two-car team of Porsche 911 GT3 coupes this year after several years' overseas experience, was thrilled to win a race in which the top drivers started last.

"I was fired up after copping a couple of hits in yesterday's race. Today I was under pressure from Fitzgerald and Noske and it's just great to come away with a first and a second," he said.

Fitzgerald took the lead from the start of race three, surviving what he termed a "love kiss" from Richards at the first corner to finish 8.7 seconds ahead of Williamson.

"Our Porsche ran well. It wasn't the fastest but we had a terrific package," Fitgzerald said.

This weekend's races in the Century Batteries GTP Nations Cup will be shown on Trackside on Network Ten throughout Australia next Sunday, June 18, from 3 pm.

<pre> RESULTS: Race 2 1. Mark Williamson (Porsche 911 GT3) 2. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 4. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 5. Wayne Park (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 6. Max Warwick (Porsche 911 GT3)

Race 3 1. Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche 911 GT3) 2. Mark Williamson (Porsche 911 GT3) 3. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge) 4. Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT3) 5. Max Warwick (Porsche 911 GT3) 6. Darren Palmer (Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge)

MEGUIAR'S TOP MARQUES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Mark Noske 83 2. Jim Richards 81 3. Peter Ftizgerald 63 4. Paul Stokell 46 5. Mark Williamson 42 6. Peter Bradbury 29

NEXT ROUND: 30 June - 2 July, Queensland Raceway, Ipswich

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jim Richards , Mark Noske , Peter Fitzgerald , Mark Williamson , Paul Stokell , Wayne Park
Teams Williams