AUS: Bathurst race one notes

Davison Claims First Bathurst Race Win It was a crucial day in Alex Davison's Australian Carrera Cup championship campaign after winning race one at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 in Bathurst today. Davison's closest rival in the series and ...

Davison Claims First Bathurst Race Win

It was a crucial day in Alex Davison's Australian Carrera Cup championship campaign after winning race one at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 in Bathurst today.

Davison's closest rival in the series and inaugural Carrera Cup champion Jim Richards did not finish after breaking a clutch on lap four of the eight ventures around the 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit.

What this means is that Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Discount Tool Centres) stretches his series lead to 159 points over Richards with two races left this weekend, and the final round to come at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast from October 21 to 24.

Today's race one was destined to be a beauty with Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers) starting from pole after dominating yesterday's practice and qualifying sessions.

Producing another blistering start, Davison beat Richards to the first corner and the two combatants had a ding-dong battle for the first half of the race.

Not far behind the leading duo, Fabian Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) and Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) were engaged in their own personal tussle, as were the three Team VIP Petfoods drivers in Klark Quinn, Tony Quinn and Craig Baird.

Kiwi gun Matt Halliday (International Motorsport NZ / Vic's Meats, Aquamix) was making plenty of headway through the field after starting from the rear of the grid due to a technical infringement.

On lap five, plenty of drama unfolded as Jim Richards crept into pit lane after breaking a clutch as did Carrera Cup debutant Bryce Washington (BDW Promotions / ADRAD). Charlie O'Brien (Wright Patton Shakespeare) broke a clutch earlier in the race to take the total to three.

For the remainder of the race, Davison stayed clean and secured his 14th race win of the year in the Australian Carrera Cup ahead of rookie leader Coulthard and Webb.

Today's third place was a continuation of the improving form of another young gun of Porsche racing in Webb, who finished third overall at the previous round in Sandown.

Then came the Team VIP Petfoods procession led by Klark Quinn and followed by Tony Quinn and Craig Baird. Today's results equalled the best race placings for both Klark and Tony so far in 2004.

Halliday put in a great performance for new sponsor's Vic's Meats and Aquamix to finish race one in seventh after starting from 22nd on the grid.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kevin Bell, Stephen Borness and Matt Coleman.

This round of the Australian Carrera Cup is dedicated to the memory of Matt's father Alan Coleman who recently passed away at the age of 60 after a year long battle with illness. A special tribute was made to Alan today just before race one.

Round eight of the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 continues with race two tomorrow Saturday and race three on Sunday.

Network Ten will telecast race two (Saturday 3pm) and three (Sunday 7.50am) live during its coverage of the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 this weekend. 'Trackside' on Network Ten will telecast the highlights of round eight of the Carrera Cup on Sunday November 7 at 2pm (check local guides).

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.

<pre> RESULTS -- RACE ONE 1. Alex Davison Greg Murphy Racing/Glenfords Discount Tool Centres 8 Laps 2. Fabian Coulthard Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun 3. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 4. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 5. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 6. Craig Baird Team VIP Petfoods 7. Matt Halliday International Motorsport NZ 8. Kevin Bell International Motorsport NZ/G-Tech NZ 9. Stephen Borness Celerity Racing/Logiadd 10. Matt Coleman Matt Coleman Racing/Champion, racepaint.com.au

-www.cupcar.com.au

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Series Porsche
Drivers Greg Murphy , Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Craig Baird , Alex Davison , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , Stephen Borness , Jonathon Webb , Bryce Washington , Kevin Bell , Matt Halliday
Teams Tekno Autosports