AUS: Eastern Creek Friday summary

DOUBLE PUMP FOR PORSCHES AT EASTERN CREEK It may have only been the first day of a championship round, but two things happened today in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup that made the motorsport community sit up and take notice. The...

DOUBLE PUMP FOR PORSCHES AT EASTERN CREEK

It may have only been the first day of a championship round, but two things happened today in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup that made the motorsport community sit up and take notice.

The first was the unveiling of the new Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Paddock Marquee, and the second was the maiden pole position by 21-year-old Sydney talent Jonathon Webb.

The ever-increasing professionalism of Australian motorsport was certainly on show at Eastern Creek in Sydney today with the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup's new demountable facility which houses up to 25 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, team equipment and driver's lounge.

The Paddock Marquee built by Butler's Hire, printed by Wizardry Imaging and Signs, and designed by Elliot Creative continues the exciting growth of the fastest and most successful one-make championship in Australia and the world.

Featuring very prominent Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup logos, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car artwork, other sponsor logos, all on an eye-catching silver background, the Paddock Marquee will be used at most of the official Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup rounds.

"We always strive to present a quality and professional product, and provide the resources and environment to allow our teams to do the best job that they can," said Jamey Blaikie, Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup CEO.

"Our new Paddock Marquee is certainly eye-catching, showcases the professionalism of our category, and is certainly the envy of the Support Paddock today."

Even former series driver and current V8 Supercar pilot Craig Baird (WPS Racing) was glowing in his praise.

"It is an awesome facility that really stands out and makes a massive impression in the Support Paddock," said Baird.

"The driver's and team's lounge is a great initiative -- one that is certainly welcomed and appreciated by everyone involved in the category."

Out on the track in round three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, the day belonged to youngster Webb who scored his first pole position in 19 round starts in the Porsche series.

The Tekno Autosports and Yachting Unlimited-backed driver clocked a fastest lap time of 1:33.9633 in qualifying to the top the time sheets for the first time in his limited history.

In doing so, Webb also becomes the youngest driver to start from pole in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup and only the sixth overall.

"We have been making really promising progress this year," said Webb. "It's not just one thing, but a combination of many factors -- the amount of testing miles, the professionalism of the team and knowledge of the circuits.

"This result shows we are heading in the right direction -- now our aim is race wins -- and there is no reason why it couldn't be this round."

Webb was the only driver to clock a lap under 1:34.0 today, with 2003 series champion Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) to start next to him on the front row tomorrow. Current series leader Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) was third quickest, ahead of improvers Cameron McLean (Sherrin Hire Racing) and David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) who rounded out the top five.

Race one over 12 laps will be held tomorrow, while races two and three will be staged on Sunday. An autograph session featuring Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup drivers will be staged for fans at the WPS Merchandise Truck at 1.30pm tomorrow.

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' 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.

Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek on Sunday June 19 from 2pm. <pre> RESULTS -- Friday May 27, 2005

Practice (Combined) 1. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 1:35.2435 2. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 1:35.3907 3. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita 1:35.4906 4. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 1:35.7151 5. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 1:35.9196 6. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited 1:35.9282 7. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) 1:36.0497 8. James Cressey Zarraffas Coffee 1:36.2488 9. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 1:36.3603 10. Stephen Borness Perfect Vision Laser Correction 1:36.3609

Qualifying 1. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited 1:33.9633 2. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 1:34.0510 3. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita 1:34.1015 4. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 1:34.3441 5. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 1:34.4780 6. Peter Fitzgerald Abcor/Acer 1:34.4924 7. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 1:34.4985 8. Rodney Jane Bob Jane T-Marts 1:34.5436 9. Ian Dyk Glenfords Tool Centres/DeWalt/AEG Electric Tools 1:34.6386 10. Bryce Washington ADRAD 1:34.7514

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Rodney Jane , Fabian Coulthard , Luke Youlden , Cameron McLean , Bob Jane , Klark Quinn , Peter Fitzgerald , Alan Gurr , Stephen Borness , Jonathon Webb , Bryce Washington , Ian Dyk , David Reynolds
Teams Tekno Autosports