AUS: Eastern Creek round three preview

A SIBLING 'DARE' CONTINUES AT EASTERN CREEK There will be plenty of family rivalry in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup ranks at Eastern Creek International Raceway next weekend for round three of the championship. While father and...


There will be plenty of family rivalry in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup ranks at Eastern Creek International Raceway next weekend for round three of the championship.

While father and son team mates Tony and Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) display their wares, another family rivalry is developing and generating plenty of activity within the camp.

It is brother versus brother. It is Porsche versus Porsche. It is Car 18 versus Car 19. It is James Koundouris versus Theo Koundouris.

And the similarities don't stop there. The Koundouris brothers both drive for the same Dare Shots-backed Supabarn Motorsports team, are within two years of age of eachother, live and work in Canberra, came through the Porsche Cup and Nations Cup system, and possess similar racing abilities as well as history.

Elder brother James, 38, will highlight that he is slightly higher in the championship points after two rounds this year, and placed just a few spots higher in their first season in the elite Porsche category last year.

While Theo, 36, will attest to be younger and on a greater improvement curve than James who achieved a category-best 13th place for the brothers in the last race at Barbagallo in Western Australia earlier this month.

And both brothers like to add fuel to the existing fire.

"Theo held me up in all three races over in Barbagallo, and I was extremely peeved and annoyed with him," said James.

"It is in our competitive nature -- we may be team mates but we are both out to do the best we can individually. I guess it all started when we used to go off karting in the bush as kids, and now it is occurring in the Porsche ranks."

Theo responds: "Held up -- he has to be kidding! All I have to say is that I was in front, and when luck starts going my way, I will be in front of James in the championship.

"We enjoy our rivalry and we are both improving with every race as we become more familiar with our Dare Shots-sponsored cars."

The best opportunity for silverware in 2005 for the Koundouris brothers is in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge, for amateur drivers over 35 in 2003-spec Porsches.

Currently Theo lies in fifth position in the standings but only 12 points ahead of James, in the race for the prized TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph presented to the top three finishers for the season.

As the Koundouris brothers aim to make their way through the field in their Dare Shots Porsches, the battle for championship honours is heating up.

Young gun Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) was the victor in rounds one and two, with 2003 series champion Jim Richards lurking close behind in second spot.

Coulthard will be on a fly in, fly out mission at Eastern Creek. The 22-year-old jets out for Leipzig in Germany the following day to attend a Porsche Michelin Supercup test on June 1, as part of his award for winning the 2004 Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe.

The Glenfords Tool Centres and Makita-backed driver will test the new Porsche 911 GT3 (997) Cup car that will be introduced to the 2006 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, and then return to Europe to race in the Silverstone round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on July 8.

Other features of round three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be the return to competition of Stephen Borness in his Perfect Vision Laser Centre-backed Porsche.

Borness, from Balmoral, will be one of four Sydney drivers out to impress in one of their home rounds of the series. Ash Samadi (Globe), from Bondi, Ian Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres/DeWalt, AEG Electric Tools), from West Pennant Hills, and Jonathon Webb (Paul Cruickshank Racing), from Glenhaven, all have that extra incentive to perform next weekend.

Two drivers who won't mind returning to Eastern Creek either are Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts) and Peter Fitzgerald (Acer/Abcor).

Jane recorded his best result in the all-Porsche category over its two and bit year history to date, with a personal best race place of third and personal best overall round place of fourth.

While Fitzgerald turned in his best performance for 2004 with a win in the very wet final race and an overall round position of third.

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.

<pre> SCHEDULE -- WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP AT EASTERN CREEK: Practice 1 10.30am Friday, May 27 Practice 2 12.30pm Friday, May 27 Qualifying 2.30pm Friday, May 27

Race 1 (12 Laps)        12.15pm Saturday, May 28
Autograph Session       1.30pm Saturday at Wright Patton Shakespeare Merchandise Truck
Race 2 (12 Laps)        10.00am Sunday, May 29
Race 3 (12 Laps)        2.25pm Sunday, May 29

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Rodney Jane , Fabian Coulthard , Bob Jane , Klark Quinn , James Koundouris , Peter Fitzgerald , Theo Koundouris , Stephen Borness , Jonathon Webb , Ian Dyk , Paul Cruickshank