SPOILS GO TO COULTHARD IN RACE ONE AT ORAN PARK The contenders list in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup continues to grow after an enthralling race one at Oran Park in Sydney today. On a sun-drenched Sydney day, 23-year-old Fabian ...
SPOILS GO TO COULTHARD IN RACE ONE AT ORAN PARK
The contenders list in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup continues to grow after an enthralling race one at Oran Park in Sydney today.
On a sun-drenched Sydney day, 23-year-old Fabian Coulthard took the spoils but only after a good dice with first-time polesitter Luke Youlden, 28, and the youngest driver in the field Ian Dyk, 19.
It was a race that had everything -- bumper-to-bumper racing, passing, close shaves and a dramatic moment for Carrera Cup rookie Andrew Luxton.
Early in the day, Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) signaled his intentions with his maiden pole position in the all-Porsche category with a blistering lap of 1:09.3746 while Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres) produced his best qualifying result of fourth -- an encouraging sign for both drivers in their rookie year in the category.
In race one, the current series leader Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres) got his usual lightning start off the line to be in front by turn one. Youlden slotted into second followed by Dyk who had the measure of Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) at the start.
After his massive crash at the previous round at Queensland Raceway, Cameron McLean showed his tremendous fortitude by putting the Sherrin Racing Porsche into fifth position on the first lap.
A number of great mini-battles developed over the 14 laps. The in-form David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) kept the pressure on Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres), Youlden and Gurr were only separated by hundredths of a second for most of the race, while Paul Cruickshank Racing team mates James Cressey (Zarraffas Coffee) and Jonathon Webb (Yachting Unlimited / Tekno Autosport) kept eachother in check.
Then with only two laps to go, Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) spun his Porsche into turn three. Luxton who was behind Quinn at the time of the spin, clipped his car, causing the Luxton Plant and Hyundai Construction backed Porsche to do a full roll into the sand trap.
On the final corner at the front end of the field, Dyk saw an opening to get past Youlden and came into contact with the number-28 VIP Petfoods Porsche. The 19-year-old actually got past his slightly older and more experienced rival but was forced too wide and Youlden came back on the inside to finish in second.
Coulthard was the eventual race winner from Youlden, Dyk, McLean, Richards and Reynolds.
Dyk's third placing was also his best race place in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, while McLean also produced his category best place of fourth after passing the 2003 series Richards mid-race.
Races two and three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be held tomorrow, the culmination of round five of the 2005 series.
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.