AUS: Clipsal Thursday practice summary

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT IN CARRERA CUP SEASON OPENER The start of the 2005 Carrera Cup championship saw a former series champion in Jim Richards lead from the front by posting the fastest lap times in today's two practice sessions at the Clipsal...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT IN CARRERA CUP SEASON OPENER

The start of the 2005 Carrera Cup championship saw a former series champion in Jim Richards lead from the front by posting the fastest lap times in today's two practice sessions at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

The OAMPS Insurance Brokers-backed Richards set a best time of 1:25.6349 around the 3.22km Adelaide street circuit, close to half a second quicker than his fastest practice time last year.

In what is developing as an intriguing opening round of the 2005 Carrera Cup, Richards' young nemesis Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita) was next quickest with a time just over 1 minute 26 seconds.

The evergreen Peter Fitzgerald (Acer / Abcor) ended the day third on the time sheets with a promising 1:26.7463, showing the experienced drivers will be a force to be reckoned with against the younger brigade in 2005.

Series newcomer Luke Youlden showcased his talent and impressed his Team VIP Petfoods with a time fractionally behind Fitzgerald. Team mate Klark Quinn was the fifth driver to clock a time under 1 minute 27 seconds today.

Another trio of youngsters in Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres / Hitachi), and Paul Cruickshank Racing team mates Jonathon Webb and James Cressey were next best, highlighting the impressive young and developing talent on display in the Porsche series this year.

In what will be an exciting award category, the Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe will reward the highest points scoring driver under 30 years who has not previously driven in a Porsche Supercup or German Carrera Cup round.

The eligible drivers include Youlden, Quinn, Gurr, Webb and Cressey, amongst a host of others that will also challenge as they gain more experience.

Qualifying and Race One of the Carrera Cup at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide will be held tomorrow, Friday March 18.

A major announcement on the future of the Carrera Cup in Australia will also be made. Sherrin Hire Racing's Cameron McLean will also be giving a guided tour of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to Gift 4 Dreams Ambassador Kylie Halliday, Adelaide's own World Sport Aerobics Championship silver medalist from last year. Gift 4 Dreams is the Official Charity of the Carrera Cup.

The 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 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.

<pre> RESULTS

Practice 1, Carrera Cup, Thursday March 17, 2005 1. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 1:25.6349 2. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres 1:26.0317 3. Peter Fitzgerald Acer/Abcor 1:27.1870 4. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 1:27.4235 5. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 1:27.5965 6. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:27.6496 7. James Cressey Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:27.7446 8. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 1:27.9143 9. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 1:28.0153 10. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 1:28.1057

Practice 2, Carrera Cup, Thursday March 17, 2005 1. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 1:26.4027 2. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres 1:26.4902 3. Peter Fitzgerald Acer/Abcor 1:26.7463 4. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 1:26.7794 5. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 1:26.8611 6. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 1:27.0383 7. James Cressey Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:27.7975 8. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:27.7678 9. Charlie O'Brien Tenkate Plant Hire 1:27.7993 10. Rodney Jane Bob Jane T-Marts 1:27.8776

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Rodney Jane , Fabian Coulthard , Luke Youlden , Cameron McLean , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn , Peter Fitzgerald , Alan Gurr , Jonathon Webb , Paul Cruickshank