AUS: Queensland Sunday notes

It was a day full of statistics with a touch of drama at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich for round five of the Australian Carrera Cup, the fastest one-make motor racing championship in the world. In summation: - Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing...

It was a day full of statistics with a touch of drama at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich for round five of the Australian Carrera Cup, the fastest one-make motor racing championship in the world.

In summation:

- Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Tool Centre) made it five round wins in a row to remain undefeated in the Australian Carrera Cup for 2004;

- Fabian Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) finished the round in second for his highest round finish in the all-Porsche category;

- James Cressey (Team VIP Petfoods) stepped on the podium for the first time in his Australian Carrera Cup career;

- Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers) had his first Did-Not-Finish in about five years in race three today, to finish the round in sixth place;

- A crash on the first lap of race two led to the round retirement of Roger Oakeshott (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) and cancellation of the race.

Following 24-year-old Melbourne-based Davison's race one win yesterday, round five of the Australian Carrera Cup was set for a hot finale in the warm Queensland sunshine.

It took only seconds for the drama to unfold. Local hope Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) broke a drive shaft before the start of race two and could not greet the starter.

Then on the green light, the field charged down the front straight and a fight for track position led to Oakeshott skewing sideways and straight into the concrete wall. David Thexton's (Thexton Racing / race two campaign was also halted from this incident.

On the same lap a number of on-track incidents caused a fluctuation in placings. Then the safety car was brought out to allow time to clear Oakeshott's damaged 911 GT3 Cup car, but a few laps later the officials waved the red flag stopping the 14-lap race. Ultimately race two was declared a 'non race'.

Two hours later, a 16-car field hit the grid minus Quinn and Oakeshott for race three and what would be the round podium-deciding race.

Davison got his customary good start and had a great battle holding out Richards until lap nine. It was then that the reigning Carrera Cup champion and touring car legend took a rare opportunity to pass Davison, and hit the lead for a short-lived period.

After Davison charged back past in this ever-developing fight, Richards had to pull up with a shredded left rear tyre from contact and could not rejoin the race.

Davison had a comfortable buffer over team-mate Coulthard to hit the checkered flag first for the 11th time in official Carrera Cup races this year.

"It was an eventful day for Carrera Cup, and I'm pleased to come away with another win and lengthen my lead in the championship," said Davison.

"Jim (Richards) and I have had some great battles all year, and Fabian (Coulthard) is giving us even more to think about with every race. He's developing exceptionally well, so the rest of the season is shaping up as a struggle."

Capping a wonderful day for the youth of Carrera Cup, 20-year-old Gold Coast-based Kiwi Cressey crossed the line in third place ahead of another Kiwi but a more experienced one in Paul Pedersen (International Motorsport NZ / Lakesawn Lumber).

Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) put in the Fuchs hard charging performance of the round, making up 11 spots from his 16th place finish in race one to his exceptional fifth place in race three.

Rodney Jane (Rodney Jane Racing / Bob Jane T-Marts) finished sixth in race three with former skateboarding champion Peter Hill (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) ending up seventh after being as high as fourth.

Hill was awarded the victor of the Carrera Cup round challenge for the highest placed driver in a 2003-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car aged 35 or older.

In the overall championship after five rounds, Davison has shot away on 804 points with Richards maintaining second on 681 points with Coulthard closing in on 630 points.

In other Carrera Cup award categories this year, Coulthard stretched his lead in the Michelin Porsche Driver to Europe (for drivers under 30 years yet to drive in a European Porsche series) and the Michelin Rookie of the Year stakes (for drivers in their first season of Porsche racing). Dean Grant (Team Becks) slightly built on a lead over Tony Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) in the Carrera Cup Challenge (for drivers 35 years or over in a 2003-spec 911 GT3 Cup car), while Quinn snr has hit the lead in the Fuchs Hard Charger award (for the driver who passes the most cars).

'Trackside' on Network Ten will telecast round five of the Carrera Cup on Sunday July 11 at 2pm (check local guides).

The Australian Carrera Cup now moves to Winton for round six from July 23 to 25.

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.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Greg Murphy , Jim Richards , Rodney Jane , Fabian Coulthard , Alex Davison , Bob Jane , Tony Quinn , Klark Quinn