GRANT SECURES CONSECUTIVE TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE TITLES Melbourne-based publican Dean Grant has secured the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge with one round still to go in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia. Grant (Aqua Max ...
GRANT SECURES CONSECUTIVE TAG HEUER CARRERA CHALLENGE TITLES
Melbourne-based publican Dean Grant has secured the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge with one round still to go in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.
Grant (Aqua Max Water Heaters), in his third season in the all-Porsche championship, has a large enough point's lead in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge to take his second consecutive title.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge rewards the highest points scoring privateer driver who is 35 years of age or older and drives a 2003-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
It has added another intriguing competition to the overall Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup championship which enters its ninth and final round at Phillip Island, Victoria from November 25 to 27.
Grant, 39, from Brighton, currently leads the 2006 TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge on 1104 points from Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) on 918 points. With 180 points up for grabs in the final round, Queenslander Quinn cannot close the gap.
Sitting in third place is Canberra's Theo Koundouris (Supabarn Supermarkets / Dare Shots) on 816 points, with Melbourne's Marc Cini (Hallmarc Racing) on 798 points and Sydney's Ash Samadi (Globe Racing) on 780 points breathing right down his neck.
The top three in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge are presented with a prized TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph for their season's reward.
Grant has continued to excel as the leading privateer driver in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, by finishing victorious in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge at six of the eight rounds so far this season.
"It has been a lot tougher this year in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge," said Grant. "I had a few unfortunate DNFs which didn't help my points score but thankfully Tony Quinn had a few more.
"I think the whole concept of the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge is great to acknowledge the support of privateer drivers who run businesses full-time and come to race on race weekends.
"Aqua Max Water Heaters has provided valuable sponsorship support this year and the crew at Jim Richards Racing continue to do a great job preparing the car."
While Fabian Coulthard and Jim Richards are fighting out the overall Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup championship for 2006, other award categories will also come down to the final round at Phillip Island.
In the Wright Patton Shakespeare Michelin Driver to Europe, Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) currently tops the standings on 1004 points from Jonathon Webb (Yachting Unlimited / Tekno Autosport) on 974 points and David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) on 822 points.
This award category rewards the highest points scoring driver under 30 years of age who has not previously driven in a Porsche Supercup or International Carrera Cup round. The prize is a drive in a 2006 Porsche Michelin Supercup round.
However Youlden will miss the Phillip Island round to contest round two of the NZV8s Championship at Ruapuna. This leaves Webb with an opportunity to take the title by securing 32 points at the final round.
In the Michelin Rookie of the Year, Youlden also sits atop the standings on 1012 points from Reynolds on 891 points and then Cameron McLean (Sherrin Racing) on 834 points.
The Michelin Rookie of the Year rewards the highest points scoring driver who has not competed in more than six rounds of a Porsche racing series prior to 2005.
Reynolds, 20, is now favoured to win the award in Youlden's final round absence if he can keep his Porsche straight, while McLean is still a mathematical chance.
In the Fuchs Hard Charger stakes for the driver who has made up the most number of grid positions through the championship, Ash Samadi has built a handy 11-car buffer over Tony Quinn with Paul Freestone (Freestone's Transport) another five cars back in third. Quinn has been the victor of this award for the past two seasons.
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.
The final round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be held at Phillip Island in Victoria from November 25 to 27.