KIWI GUN STRETCHES LEAD IN WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP Fabian Coulthard increased his lead in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup after taking out round five of the series today at Oran Park in Sydney. The 23-year-old...
KIWI GUN STRETCHES LEAD IN WRIGHT PATTON SHAKESPEARE CARRERA CUP
Fabian Coulthard increased his lead in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup after taking out round five of the series today at Oran Park in Sydney.
The 23-year-old Glenfords Tool Centres backed driver won two of the three races this weekend to solidify his number one standing in the 2005 championship chase.
Another Porsche young gun Luke Youlden finished second for the round but did win his first-ever Carrera Cup race in his rookie season. The Team VIP Petfoods pilot started the day in style, getting past Coulthard in race two and becoming the fifth different race winner in 2005.
The evergreen Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) had plenty of competition at Oran Park but still managed to come away with a podium finish and consolidate second place in the championship.
The unluckiest man this weekend may well have been 19-year-old Ian Dyk, the youngest driver in the series. Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres) finished third in race one and two, and was set to record his first podium finish in the all-Porsche category when he clipped the wall with two laps to go in the final race. Despite the DNF, the Porsche rookie still came away from Oran Park with a sixth place finish -- his best result in the series.
In race two this morning, Youlden finished ahead of Coulthard, Dyk, Richards and Cameron McLean (Sherrin Racing).
In the final race of the round over 14 laps, Coulthard got his typical blistering start, while Richards also got the better of Youlden and Dyk off the line to move into second.
Richards and Youlden had a great battle for second, swapping places a couple of times through the race before Richards ended up in front when it mattered.
After Dyk's mishap which ruled the youngster out of podium contention, another youngster in 20-year-old David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) moved into fourth position which he retained until the checkered flag.
This capped off a consistent round for Reynolds, who stood on the podium at the previous round at Queensland Raceway, with a series of sixth, sixth and fourth race placings.
After the three races at Oran Park, Coulthard popped the victory champagne first ahead of Youlden, Richards, McLean in his rebuilt Sherrin Racing Porsche and Reynolds rounding out the top five.
The round five win has stretched Coulthard's championship lead to 48 points over Richards, while Youlden has leapfrogged Jonathon Webb (Yachting Unlimited / Tekno Autosports) to move into third place in the standings.
In the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for amateur drivers over 35 years in 2003-spec 911 GT3 Cup cars, Theo Koundouris (Dare Shots) was the round five victor. However Dean Grant (Aqua Max Water Heaters) has moved away in the points standings from main rival Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) with Marc Cini (Hallmarc) in third and Koundouris close behind.
Round six of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is scheduled for the Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown from September 9 to 11.
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.