After this week announcing his V8 Supercar endurance drives at Bathurst and Sandown, young New Zealand steerer Fabian Coulthard hit top gear today in practice for round six of the Australian Carrera Cup at Winton Raceway in...
After this week announcing his V8 Supercar endurance drives at Bathurst and Sandown, young New Zealand steerer Fabian Coulthard hit top gear today in practice for round six of the Australian Carrera Cup at Winton Raceway in Northern Victoria.
The 21-year-old Melbourne-based Kiwi scorched around his home testing track in the overcast wintery conditions, to set the day's fastest time of 1:25.5047.
Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun), who will drive for Tasman Motorsport in the V8 Supercar endurance rounds later this year, headed a group of five who had less than two-tenths of a second between them.
Next fastest was Coulthard's team mate and series leader Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Discount Tool Centres) with a best lap of 1:25.5588.
The experienced Peter Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald Racing / Abcor, Acer), another along with Coulthard and Davison who uses Winton as his testing track, was third fastest with 1:25.6346.
Perhaps the driver to watch over the course of the weekend will be another Kiwi talent in Matt Halliday, who has stepped into Paul Pedersen's 911 GT3 Cup car for this round.
Pedersen (International Motorsport NZ / Lakesawn Lumber) offered Halliday the opportunity to step into his car, with work commitments keeping the fifth ranked driver in the series back in New Zealand.
Halliday, 25, stepped up to the plate straight away with a fastest lap of 1:25.6767 to finish fourth on the time sheets in practice. He is one of only three drivers (Halliday, Richards, Fitzgerald) to have recorded race wins over Davison this year. Halliday won two races at the Carrera Cup support event at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix, equal to Davison's two there.
Less than a hundredth of a second behind Halliday on the sheets was series champion Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers).
Another Carrera Cup young gun in Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) was next fastest in the 1:26s followed by Rodney Jane (Rodney Jane Racing / Bob Jane T-Marts), Charlie O'Brien (Charlie O'Brien Racing / Wright Patton Shakespeare), Dean Grant (Becks Racing) and James Cressey (Team VIP Petfoods) rounding out the top 10.
O'Brien has resumed his Porsche racing career this weekend backed by Wright Patton Shakespeare.
Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) only managed three laps before a mishap with his passenger-side door forced him from the track, ending his session prematurely.
Peter Bradbury (Team MPS Security) was a late withdrawal from the round after sustaining a broken collarbone last week.
Round six of the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup at Queensland Raceway continues with qualifying and race one over 10 laps tomorrow Saturday July 24, and then race two and three also over 10 laps on Sunday.
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.
'Trackside' on Network Ten will telecast round five of the Carrera Cup on Sunday August 1 at 2pm (check local guides).
<pre> RESULTS -- PRACTICE 1. Fabian Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun) 1:25.5047 2. Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing/Glenfords Discount Tool Centres) 1:25.5588 3. Peter Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald Racing/Abcor, Acer) 1:25.6346 4. Matt Halliday (International Motorsport NZ/Lakesawn Lumber) 1:25.6767 5. Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing/OAMPS Insurance Brokers) 1:25.6831 6. Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) 1:26.1976 7. Rodney Jane (Rodney Jane Racing/Bob Jane T-Marts) 1:26.3607 8. Charlie O'Brien (Charlie O'Brien Racing/Wright Patton Shakespeare) 1:26.5462 9. Dean Grant (Becks Racing) 1:26.5997 10. James Cressey (Team VIP Petfoods) 1:26.7841 11. Roger Oakeshott (Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun) 1:26.9362 12. Peter Hill (Greg Murphy Racing/Team Braun) 1:26.9787 13. Paul Freestone (Freestone Racing/Freestone's Transport) 1:27.3766 14. Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) 1:27.5933 15. Ash Samadi (Globe Racing) 1:28.0281 16. Stephen Borness (Celerity Racing/Logiadd) 1:28.0789 17. David Thexton (Thexton Racing/thexton.com.au) 1:29.0056 18. Marc Cini (Adamco) 1:29.6059 19. Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) 1:30.3198
SCHEDULE Qualifying 11.05am Saturday Race 1 2.40pm Saturday (10 laps) Race 2 9.35am Sunday (10 laps) Race 3 12.10pm Sunday (10 laps)