Four-Way Dash to the Finish in Carrera Cup A final lap scramble for the top placings highlighted race one of the Australian Carrera Cup at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today -- the first Carrera Cup round held in Western Australia. Less than...
Four-Way Dash to the Finish in Carrera Cup
A final lap scramble for the top placings highlighted race one of the Australian Carrera Cup at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today -- the first Carrera Cup round held in Western Australia.
Less than a second separated the first four cars for most of the 15-lap all-Porsche race in round four of the championship, although the race winner and current series leader Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Tool Centre) led from start to finish.
For 14 and a half of those laps, Peter Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald Racing / Abcor, Acer) was tucked in behind until he encountered some lapped traffic at the second last turn. This was where Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers) and Fabian Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) made their move on Fitzgerald, shuffling their fellow Melbourne-based Porsche compatriot back to fourth.
In the end, it was Davison who was first to the checkered flag adding to his race victory tally in 2004. On his way to the win, Davison clocked the fastest lap of the race of 58.0322 seconds, almost as fast as his pole-setting time of 57.7244 seconds earlier in the day.
Reigning series champion Richards came from fourth on the grid to second, passing his rookie rival Coulthard on lap 10 and then experienced nemesis Fitzgerald on the final lap.
Coulthard crossed the line in the same position as he started, making it the ninth race this year that Davison, Richards and the 21-year-old have made up the top three placings in official Carrera Cup rounds.
Fitzgerald can count himself unlucky not to have split the trio at the end, but the signs are positive that last year's series podium finisher has a car capable of vying for victory in tomorrow's two Carrera Cup races.
Team VIP Petfoods duo and father-son combination Klark and Tony Quinn finished fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Peter Bradbury (Team MPS Security), Paul Pedersen (International Motorsport NZ / Lakesawn Lumber), Dean Grant (Becks Racing) and Rodney Jane (Rodney Jane Racing / Bob Jane T-Marts) who made up the top 10.
The race hard charger was Grant who made up four placings from a disappointing 13th on the grid to inside the top 10.
Round four of the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup at Barbagallo Raceway continues tomorrow with race two over 15 laps and race three over 30 laps.
The Carrera Cup is the most successful 'one make' championship in the world with close-to-identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars built by Porsche' racing arm in Weissach, Germany set for racing in 2004. All cars have a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour with a 400-horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM.
'Trackside' on Network Ten will telecast round three of the Carrera Cup on Sunday June 27 at 2pm (check local guides).