LOCAL LAD WEBB SECURES MAIDEN VICTORY Paul Cruickshank Racing's Jonathon Webb capped off a memorable weekend by claiming his first race win and debut round victory in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek in Sydney ...
LOCAL LAD WEBB SECURES MAIDEN VICTORY
Paul Cruickshank Racing's Jonathon Webb capped off a memorable weekend by claiming his first race win and debut round victory in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek in Sydney today.
The Tekno Autosport and Yachting Unlimited-backed 21-year-old won race two this morning and then backed up to place third in the final race to secure the all-important win for round three of the championship.
Cheered on by a legion of family and friends on his home circuit, Webb has sent a message to all and sundry that he will be a force for overall championship honours in the all-Porsche category.
Today's racing had a bit of everything -- early drama, bumper-to-bumper action and nail-biting moments towards the conclusion.
Championship pacesetters Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) and Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) led off the line in race two, before Richards clipped the rear of Coulthard's Porsche into a turn, sending both 911 GT3 Cup cars into a synchronised spiral.
Coulthard was forced to retire shortly after the incident, while Richards was given a post-race drive-through penalty (equivalent to 30 seconds) and ultimately placed 17th.
This drama provided a golden opportunity for Webb and a host of other challengers to press for the round win.
Webb was never challenged in race two however another young gun Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) and 19-year-old reigning Formula Ford champion David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) had a great dice for second. In the end, Youlden proved too hard to pass and the Stone Brothers Racing V8 Supercar endurance driver claimed second place.
Peter Fitzgerald (Acer/Abcor) scored a consistent fourth place, keeping his round victory hopes well and truly alive.
In race three, the second youngest driver in the field in Reynolds got a blistering start to lead the 23-strong Porsche field for the first time in his burgeoning career.
And then he showed composure beyond his years to pull away and comfortably win the 12-lapper from Youlden who is ever-so-close to winning his first ever Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup race.
Reynolds and Youlden are both in their first seasons driving Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, and have joined an ever-growing contingent of front-end challengers.
Webb crossed the finish line in race three in third position but only after a 'hairy' moment with Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) with two laps to go, which almost saw both cars beached in the sand. Webb and Gurr did manage to return to the circuit without losing much ground.
Ultimately the weekend belonged to Webb, but it did feature the emergence of Reynolds and Adelaide's Bryce Washington (ADRAD) amongst the 'young guns to watch' list.
Continuing a round of milestones, Webb scored his first race and round wins in the category; Webb became the seventh different round winner since the category's inception in 2003; Reynolds claimed his maiden Porsche race win; Washington scored his best-ever race result of fourth and round result of sixth; and for the first time three drivers under 30 years of age stood on the podium. Standing alongside Webb on the podium were Youlden (second) and Reynolds (third).
Despite his race two dramas, Richards has moved into the championship lead only 18 points ahead of previous leader Coulthard. Webb has closed the gap on these two and lies third another 21 points behind.
Dean Grant (Aqua Max Water Heaters) continued his lead in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for amateur drivers over 35 years of age in 2003-spec Porsches, with a countback win over Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods).
The next round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is scheduled for the Queensland 300 at Queensland Raceway from July 22 to 24. Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek on Sunday June 19 from 2pm.
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's 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 -- Sunday May 29, 2005
Race 2, 12 Laps 1. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited 2. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 3. Peter Fitzgerald Abcor/Acer 4. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 5. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi 6. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 7. James Cressey Zarraffas Coffee 8. Bryce Washington ADRAD 9. Rodney Jane Bob Jane T-Marts 10. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods
Race 3, 12 Laps 1. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 2. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 3. Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited 4. Bryce Washington ADRAD 5. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 6. James Cressey Zarraffas Coffee 7. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi 8. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 9. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita 10. Rodney Jane Bob Jane T-Marts
Overall Round Points, Round 3, Eastern Creek International Raceway 1. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 162 points 2. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 138 points 3. David Reynolds Bob Jane T-Marts 129 points
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After Round 3)
Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup 1. Jim Richards OAMPS Insurance Brokers 435 2. Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita 417 3. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 396
TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge (For Amateur Drivers 35 years or over in a 2003-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car) 1. Dean Grant Aqua-Max Water Heaters 516 2. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 450 3. Marc Cini Hallmarc 330
Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe (For Drivers under 30 yet to drive in a German Carrera Cup or Porsche Cup Round) 1. Jonathon Webb Paul Cruickshank Racing 474 2. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 462 3. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 366
Michelin Rookie of the Year (For Drivers who have competed in six or less rounds of a Porsche racing series) 1. Luke Youlden Team VIP Petfoods 468 2. Alan Gurr Glenfords Tool Centres 420 3. Cameron McLean Sherrin Hire Racing 384
Fuchs Hard Charger (For the Driver who makes up the most grid positions in Carrera Cup Races) 1. Klark Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 30 2. Ian Dyk Glenfords Tool Centres 23 3. Tony Quinn Team VIP Petfoods 20