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FIGHT CONTINUES IN BATHURST FOR TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE Bathurst marks a crucial time in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup for the group of drivers striving for the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge. Never has the race for the TAG Heuer...

FIGHT CONTINUES IN BATHURST FOR TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE

Bathurst marks a crucial time in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup for the group of drivers striving for the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge.

Never has the race for the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronographs been so intense.

While the likes of Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers), Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita), Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) and Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosport / Yachting Unlimited) are heading the overall championship, a group including Dean Grant (Aqua Max Water Heaters), Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods), Theo Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets / Dare Shots) and Marc Cini (Hallmarc) are engaged in a tussle for the TAG Heuer Chronograph.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge rewards the highest points scoring amateur driver 35 years of age or older driving a 2003-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

The top three after the final round at Phillip Island will receive a TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph -- the highly sought after prize in this intensely-fought award category.

The reigning TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge champion Dean Grant currently leads the standings on 876 points, a handy 132 points ahead of Quinn. Koundouris holds down third spot but Cini is within striking distance only 18 points behind. Ash Samadi (Globe Racing) remains in contention in fifth spot but only 30 points from third.

The drivers are currently racing in Round 7 of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Super Cheap Auto 1000 in Bathurst.

Action commenced today with Practice for the 22-strong all-Porsche field.

Quinn headed the TAG Heuer combatants with a best lap around the 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit of 2:21.5727, with Grant second fastest and James Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets / Dare Shots) clocking the next fastest time.

In the race for the overall championship, series leader Jim Richards topped the time sheets with a best lap of 2:16.1790.

Back in the groove is young Queenslander Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) who finished with the second fastest lap of 2:16.3229.

Quinn loves the Mount Panorama circuit and capped off a great round here last year to claim his first ever podium in the category.

Coulthard was third fastest ahead of other series contenders Youlden and Webb.

Action continues tomorrow in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Super Cheap Auto 1000 with Qualifying and Race 1.

Race 2 is on Saturday and will be telecast on Network Ten's coverage of the event, as will Race 3 on Sunday.

All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup are developed and built by Porsche' 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 Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , James Koundouris , Theo Koundouris , Jonathon Webb , Marc Cini , Dean Grant , Phillip Island