LAUNCESTON DRIVER GETS TITLE-WINNING MACHINERY FOR PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE DEBUT A VEHICLE WITH PRIOR championship-winning history will give Launceston driver Bill Fulton a boost on his Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series Presented by...
LAUNCESTON DRIVER GETS TITLE-WINNING MACHINERY FOR PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE DEBUT
A VEHICLE WITH PRIOR championship-winning history will give Launceston driver Bill Fulton a boost on his Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series Presented by Mission Foods debut in Tasmania this week.
The Launceston businessman recently purchased the vehicle and will make his racing debut in the all-Porsche series when it returns to Symmons Plains with the Shannons Nationals on April 9-11, for round two of its 2010 season.
With veteran Porsche ace Christian Menzel behind the wheel, Fulton's car won the Carrera Cup Asia title last year and will join a strong field of similar models to form the strongest ever all-Porsche grid ever assembled in Tasmania.
"The car has quite a lot of history and has been very successful in Asia with a good driver like Christian Menzel behind the wheel," Fulton said.
"I haven't had a lot of running in the car at Symmons Plains - I've probably only done about 20 laps - so we are looking for a consistent weekend without any problems and get some laps under my belt."
Fulton is an experienced competitor, having raced a 700-plus horsepower Nissan in the local Targa GT Championship recently as well as occasional forays into Production Car and one-make racing.
He explained that the step into the Porsche was made for both economic and performance reasons.
"The Skyline was a bit fragile and the upkeep was quite intensive, whereas the Porsche is a custom-built race car and therefore is more reliable and should generally be a bit easier to look after," he said.
"I'm looking forward to putting up a good showing at the weekend. We might then do another round later in the year before looking to 2011. It (the GT3 Cup Challenge) looks to be a great series."
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competitors will be seeking dry conditions next weekend following a torrentially wet first round at Bathurst in late February.
Leading the 16-car field across Bass Straight will be the reigning titlist, Matt Kinglsey, who will be looking to make up for lost ground after a lap one, turn one crash with Sven Burchartz that saw him leave the mountain with zero points.
2008-winner Burchartz also failed to score at Bathurst but has had success in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car at Symmons plains in the past, winning the 2008-round en-route to his title victory.
Along with Fulton, two other drivers will make their series debut at Symmons Plains. South Australian Gary Dann will step behind the wheel of his Type-997 GT3 Cup Car whilst added international flavour will be welcomed in the form of Dutch-Chinese driver Danny Cho, who will join Yuey Tan in a two-car McElrea Motorsport squad.
Meanwhile, Queenslander Ray Angus will likely return to his existing Type-996 mount for the Tasmanian round after his newer model car was damaged at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne recently.
Angus will add spice to the Porsche 'race within a race', looking to mix it up with fellow 996-class drivers Terry Knight and Indiran Padayachee.
Round two of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series Presented By Mission Foods will be contested at Symmons Plains Raceway on April 9-11.
Practice will be held Friday, ahead of qualifying and race one on Saturday whilst a second shorter race and a 40-lap finale' will conclude the action Sunday afternoon.
-source: aus pcc