Rookie Porsche driver Fabian Coulthard had a day of 'so close yet so far' as he continued his progression in the Australian Carrera Cup series today at round five at Queensland Raceway. Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) was leading ...
Rookie Porsche driver Fabian Coulthard had a day of 'so close yet so far' as he continued his progression in the Australian Carrera Cup series today at round five at Queensland Raceway.
Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) was leading the qualifying time sheets this morning until team mate and series leader Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Tool Centre) pulled out a couple of blistering laps at the end of the session to claim his fourth pole position of the season.
Then in race one this afternoon, Coulthard passed Davison on lap two to suggest an upset was on the cards. But once again Davison showed his Porsche experience and composure to re-take the lead on the next lap and remain in that position until the end of the 14-lap race.
This was the 24-year-old's 10th Carrera Cup race win of 2004 and continued his march towards the championship title at the half-way mark of the season.
Davison, who will campaign a Castrol Perkins Commodore full-time next year and in the endurance races later this year, made the motorsport fraternity sit up and take notice with a Porsche lap record of 1:11.7700 in qualifying.
This time was more than half a second quicker than second-fastest Coulthard, and about 1.3 seconds quicker than the pole-setting time last year by Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers).
The main dice in race one after Davison hit the lead was between Coulthard and Richards. The 21-year-old Kiwi managed to keep his more experienced rival at bay until lap 10 when Richards pounced.
Richards maintained the pace for the next four laps to the checkered flag in second spot ahead of Coulthard with another Carrera Cup young gun Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) putting in his best race result of 2004 so far with fourth spot.
Peter Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald Racing / Abcor, Acer) put in his usual consistent race for fifth while the talented Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) showcased his potential with a clean and concentrated run in sixth.
Peter Hill (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) returned to the fray at Queensland Raceway with a solid ninth placing just behind James Cressey (Team VIP Petfoods), seventh, and Paul Pedersen (International Motorsport NZ / Lakesawn Lumber), eighth.
Round five of the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup at Queensland Raceway concludes tomorrow with race two and three over 14 laps.
The Carrera Cup is the most successful 'one make' championship in the world with close-to-identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars built by Porsche' racing arm in Weissach, Germany set for racing in nine Australian rounds in 2004. All cars have a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour with a 400-horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM.
'Trackside' on Network Ten will telecast round five of the Carrera Cup on Sunday July 11 at 2pm (check local guides).