Coulthard's Dream, Richards' Nightmare Rising star of the track Fabian Coulthard shone brightly today claiming his first ever win around Mount Panorama in race two of the Australian Carrera Cup. The 22-year-old Melbourne-based Kiwi beat team...
Coulthard's Dream, Richards' Nightmare
Rising star of the track Fabian Coulthard shone brightly today claiming his first ever win around Mount Panorama in race two of the Australian Carrera Cup.
The 22-year-old Melbourne-based Kiwi beat team mate Alex Davison off the line in a drama-packed start, and held him at bay over the full eight laps to record his second race win of the season.
While Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun, Mossimo) won the start from Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Discount Tool Centres), it was further back in the field that another story unfolded.
Young Kiwi Matt Halliday encountered clutch problems just prior to the start and could not move off the line, creating a road block for the traffic as the green light went on.
In trying to avoid Halliday's motionless car, James Koundouris (SupaBarn Supermarkets) clipped another Porsche and speared into Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers) who started from near the rear of the grid.
The crash brought the end of race two for both Koundouris and Richards as well as Halliday, and all but ended Richards' 2004 title aspirations.
When the safety car left the track on lap two and the race went green again, Coulthard and Davison engaged in a classic battle of driving skill and composure.
Today was Coulthard's day as he held off the series leader and race one winner by less than three-tenths of a second.
In another great result and showcase of his improvement, another young Porsche gun Jonathon Webb was not far behind in third place.
The Team VIP Petfoods trio of Craig Baird, Klark Quinn and Tony Quinn filled the next three placings, in almost a repeat of yesterday's race one.
Kiwi Kevin Bell (International Motorsport NZ / G-Tech NZ) placed seventh leading a close pack also including Matt Coleman (Matt Coleman Racing / Champion, racepaint.com.au) and Stephen Borness (Celerity Racing / Logiadd).
Less than 90 minutes after the start, a smile did emerge on Richards' face as his son Steven secured the pair pole position in the V8 Supercars for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000.
Coulthard, Davison, Halliday and Baird will also have busy days tomorrow with race three of the Carrera Cup at 7.50am and the 1000km V8 Supercar enduro starting at 10am.
In the V8 Supercar race, Coulthard's car will start from 16th, Baird from 23rd, Halliday from 28th and Davison from 29th.
This round of the Australian Carrera Cup is dedicated to the memory of 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 three tomorrow Sunday.
Network Ten will telecast race three (Sunday 7.50am) live during its coverage of the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 tomorrow. '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 TWO 1. Fabian Coulthard Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun, Mossimo 8 Laps 2. Alex Davison Greg Murphy Racing/Glenfords Discount Tool Centres 3. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 4. Craig Baird Team VIP Petfoods 5. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 6. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 7. Kevin Bell International Motorsport NZ/G-Tech NZ 8. Matt Coleman Matt Coleman Racing/Champion, racepaint.com.au 9. Stephen Borness Celerity Racing/Logiadd 10. Peter Hill Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun, Mossimo