COULTHARD - KING OF THE WEST The Fabian Coulthard story continued to unfold today as the dynamic 22-year-old Kiwi won round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth. Chapter two is titled 'Coulthard --...
COULTHARD - KING OF THE WEST
The Fabian Coulthard story continued to unfold today as the dynamic 22-year-old Kiwi won round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth.
Chapter two is titled 'Coulthard -- King of the West' following chapter one 'Coulthard -- Successul start in the South' when he won round one at the Clipsal 500.
Today saw two races complete the Barbagallo round with Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) winning the first 20 lapper this morning, and then backing up to take out the final 30 lap race this afternoon.
Main rival Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers), the 2003 series champion, claimed two second placings today following his impressive race one victory yesterday which set the scene for a classic showdown in the west.
It was a heartbreaking end for Team VIP Petfoods' rookie Luke Youlden after the rising Porsche star came off on the final corner in race three while in second place.
This incident left the door open for the consistent Jonathon Webb (Paul Cruickshank Racing) to land his fourth career podium at just 21 years of age. Webb placed fourth in races one and two, and then finished third in race three.
In race two this morning, Coulthard led off the line and was never headed over the 20 laps to even the race ledger for the round with Richards. Along the way he posted the fastest race lap time of the round of 57.7991 seconds.
Youlden crossed the line in third -- his fifth consecutive third placing in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup this year.
Perhaps the racing highlight of race two was Peter Fitzgerald (Abcor/Acer) making up two positions on the final lap to place fifth, including a last corner dip past Cameron McLean (Sherrin Hire Racing).
Race three followed a similar path with Coulthard shooting off the line to lead Richards to the first corner.
Then three laps later, Youlden made a lunge past Richards to hit second spot for the first time in the 27-year-old's limited career driving a Porsche.
These two engaged in a close tussle as Coulthard gradually built an unassailable lead. Then in an unfortunate end for the Team VIP Petfoods driver, he came off the track on the final sweeper as Richards pursued.
Webb came through for third with Fitzgerald improving position every race for fourth ahead of McLean.
After three races at Barbagallo Raceway, Coulthard came away with the round spoils from Richards and Webb also on the podium, Fitzgerald and McLean making up the top five. Youlden ended up sixth with another impressive youngster Bryce Washington (ADRAD Radiators) finishing seventh, a career best in the category.
In the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for round two, Dean Grant (Aqua-Max Water Heaters) was too consistent for Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) with James Koundouris (Dare Shots) in third place.
As the teams depart Barbagallo Raceway, Coulthard leaves content with the knowledge he leads the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup on 348 points, 12 points ahead of Richards, with Youlden holding onto third.
Round three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is scheduled for Eastern Creek in Sydney from May 27 to 29. Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup round from Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday May 15 from 2pm.
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.