COULTHARD CROWNED CARRERA CUP KING WHILE ROOKIE REYNOLDS ROARS Fabian Coulthard has secured the 2005 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia after finishing sixth in race one of the final round of the championship at Phillip Island this...
COULTHARD CROWNED CARRERA CUP KING WHILE ROOKIE REYNOLDS ROARS
Fabian Coulthard has secured the 2005 Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia after finishing sixth in race one of the final round of the championship at Phillip Island this afternoon.
The 23-year-old New Zealand driver can now set his sights on overcoming today's average race result with a round win tomorrow, knowing that the championship trophy is safely his.
Fellow young gun David Reynolds took out today's race with a dominating start-to-finish win from series second placesitter Jim Richards and the in-form Ian Dyk, the youngest driver in the 20-car field.
Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) was responsible for the most dramatic moment of the race which had his supporters with their hearts in their mouths.
With Reynolds taking advantage of a blistering start in his Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Porsche from Richards, Coulthard also tried valiantly to make a move off the line.
However the championship pacesetter got unstuck, taking his Porsche onto the grass and straight through a corflute sponsor board but miraculously coming back onto the track without losing a place.
This incident did damage his front splitter causing understeer for the rest of the race. He quickly lost places but held firm for a bulk of the 10-lap race in sixth position.
Coulthard's sixth earned the Greg Murphy Racing pilot enough points to build an unassailable lead in the championship from Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers).
While Coulthard breathed a sigh of relief, Reynolds continued to stretch his lead out the front of the Porsche pack ultimately taking the race win by a margin of more than five seconds.
Reynolds' race victory was his second in his debut season in the all-Porsche category, adding to his maiden win at Eastern Creek at round three in May.
It also continues a great round for the 20-year-old ex Formula Ford national champion after topping the practice sheets yesterday and finishing second in qualifying this morning.
A great tussle for second place between Richards, Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres/DeWalt, AEG) and Jonathon Webb (Yachting Unlimited/Tekno Autosport) ensued, with Dyk holding sway for most of the race.
Richards showed his experience by passing Dyk in the latter stages of the race with Webb trying in vain to get by both.
By the checkered flag, Richards held onto second from Dyk, Webb and Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) in fifth position.
With two races to complete the nine round championship, the top three positions cannot change - Coulthard 1st, Richards 2nd and Webb 3rd.
Race two will be held later this afternoon, after a crash in V8 Supercar qualifying caused a long delay and rescheduling of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia races.
Action concludes tomorrow in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia at the BigPond Grand Finale at Phillip Island with Race 3 over 12 laps. Race
The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup Australia awards will be presented at the 2005 Awards Party tomorrow night starting at 6.30pm at The Continental Hotel, Cowes at Phillip Island.
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.