COULTHARD IMPRESSES AT SILVERSTONE IN NEW PORSCHE Australasian representative Fabian Coulthard showed his class to the world with an impressive top 10 performance in the Porsche Michelin Supercup race at Silverstone in England yesterday. The...
COULTHARD IMPRESSES AT SILVERSTONE IN NEW PORSCHE
Australasian representative Fabian Coulthard showed his class to the world with an impressive top 10 performance in the Porsche Michelin Supercup race at Silverstone in England yesterday.
The 22-year-old New Zealander, who drives full-time in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup in Australia, improved all weekend as he adapted to the new 997 series Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Coulthard rose from 13th fastest in Practice to 11th in Qualifying and then finished 10th out of 20 cars over the 12-lap race around the 5.141km Silverstone circuit. The Porsche Michelin Supercup supports the Formula 1 World Championship.
Coulthard was awarded the Porsche Michelin Supercup drive for winning the Porsche Michelin Driver to Europe award last year as the leading driver under 30 years of age in the all-Porsche Australian Carrera Cup.
His performance at Silverstone was hailed as extremely impressive from engineers in the factory-backed Porsche team, considering his lack of experience in the new 997-series and on the Silverstone circuit.
Patrick Huisman from The Netherlands secured victory in the eighth points race of the Porsche Michelin Supercup series.
Starting from second on the grid, the Dutchman initially lost the sprint to the first corner against team mate and pole-sitter Alessandro Zampedri from Italy. However during the first lap Huisman managed to overtake Zampedri and pulled away to cross the finish line 4.5 seconds ahead of the Italian. Zampedri claimed second in front of Christian Menzel from Germany.
On the point's table Zampedri increased his lead to 14 points over Belgian David Saelens in second, with Huisman in third position.
Coulthard returns to Australia with knowledge and experience in the new 997-series Porsche which will be introduced to Australian racing next year in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup.
His next race will be for his full-time team Greg Murphy Racing in round four of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Queensland Raceway from July 22 to 24.