AUS: Phillip Island Friday notes

REYNOLDS ON TOP EARLY AT PHILLIP ISLAND Rising Albury-bred Porsche racer David Reynolds started the final round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia at Phillip Island today like he wants to end it -- on top. The 20-year-old...

REYNOLDS ON TOP EARLY AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Rising Albury-bred Porsche racer David Reynolds started the final round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia at Phillip Island today like he wants to end it -- on top.

The 20-year-old now based in Melbourne topped the practice time sheets with a best lap of 1:36.1802 around the 4.45km Phillip Island circuit.

This is the second time in Reynold's debut season in the all-Porsche category that he has finished a session on top. The other was his maiden Porsche race win at Eastern Creek in round three in May.

The ultra-talented ex Formula Ford national champion now drives for the Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Sonic Motor Racing team in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.

Reynolds currently sits in sixth position in the championship, only nine points behind the experienced Peter Fitzgerald (Acer/Abcor).

The other incentive for Reynolds this weekend is victory in the Michelin Rookie of the Year, the award for the leading driver who had not competed in more than six rounds of a Porsche racing series prior to 2005.

Currently Luke Youlden leads the award standings but three solid races from Reynolds this weekend will see him pass Youlden. The 27-year-old Team VIP Petfoods driver has V8 commitments in New Zealand causing him to miss the final round of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia.

Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) was second fastest in today's practice with 1:36.3038 ahead of Jonathon Webb (Yachting Unlimited/Tekno Autosport) with championship leader Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) claiming fourth place on the time sheets despite having clutch problems.

Richards has fond memories of Phillip Island from the previous time that the Porsches raced at the circuit.

Back in round one of the championship's inaugural year in 2003, Richards started from pole position and won all three races -- a feat he is hoping to repeat this weekend.

Webb, 21, has recently returned from Germany after testing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) at Hockenheim -- the new Porsche racing exclusively in next year's International Carrera Cups.

He had no problem readjusting to the current race car and will be aiming to consolidate third place in the championship over the weekend.

Action continues tomorrow in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia at the BigPond Grand Finale at Phillip Island with Qualifying, Race 1 and Race 2 over 12 laps.

All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia 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.

This is the final round (round nine) of the 2005 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia. Catch the action on Trackside on Network 10 on Sunday December 4 and TV One on TVNZ on Sunday December 18.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Luke Youlden , Bob Jane , Jonathon Webb , David Reynolds , Phillip Island