RICHARDS PUTS PORSCHE ON POLE AT SANDOWN New Zealand born but Melbourne based Jim Richards claimed his third pole position this season in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup on the first day of the Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown ...
RICHARDS PUTS PORSCHE ON POLE AT SANDOWN
New Zealand born but Melbourne based Jim Richards claimed his third pole position this season in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup on the first day of the Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown today.
Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) set a best qualifying lap time of 1:13.3503 in the closing minutes of the session to top the day's time sheets.
Twenty-one-year-old Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports/Yachting Unlimited) led qualifying for most of the session with a lap of 1:13.5875 to join Richards on the front row of tomorrow's race one around the 3.1km circuit.
Webb secured second ahead of fellow young guns Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) and David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) who will comprise the second row of tomorrow's grid.
Sydney's Ian Dyk (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) ensured another strong showing for Greg Murphy Racing with a second car in the top five with a time of 1:14.3316. He will be joined on the third row by Adelaide's Bryce Washington (ADRAD Radiators) who put in his equal best qualifying session securing sixth fastest with a 1:14.3341.
The rest of the top 10 included local hero Peter Fitzgerald (Acer Computers/Abcor) qualifying seventh with a 1:14.4414, Cameron McLean (Sherrin Racing) putting in a 1:14.6641 for eighth, Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) in ninth with 1:14.6974, and rounding out the 10 was Alan Gurr (Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) with a time of 1:14.7636.
Series third placesitter Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) was down on power in qualifying and finished 11th fastest, despite topping the time sheets with Russell Ingall in a Stone Brothers Racing Falcon in the V8 Supercar practice session.
Richards also had a busy day with the HRT Commodore he is driving with James Courtney ending the day ninth fastest.
Fellow Porsche drivers Cameron McLean (15th), Coulthard (24th) and Gurr (32nd) also prepared themselves for a hectic two more days in two categories, with a tough hit out in the V8 Supercar practice session today.
Races one and two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be held tomorrow, while race three will be staged on Sunday. An autograph session featuring Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup drivers will be staged for fans at the WPS Racing Merchandise Truck at 1pm tomorrow.
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.
Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Betta Electrical 500 at Sandown on Sunday September 25 from 2pm.