AUS: Winton Saturday notes

The man to beat in Australian Porsche racing at the moment continued his run of success despite the wet and cool conditions of Winton Raceway in Northern Victoria. In race one of round six of the Australian Carrera Cup, series leader Alex...

The man to beat in Australian Porsche racing at the moment continued his run of success despite the wet and cool conditions of Winton Raceway in Northern Victoria.

In race one of round six of the Australian Carrera Cup, series leader Alex Davison (Greg Murphy Racing / Glenfords Discount Tool Centres) withstood constant pressure from current champion Jim Richards (Jim Richards Racing / OAMPS Insurance Brokers) to win the 12-lap encounter.

On a wet and slippery track, Davison handled the conditions with aplomb to take the early stakes from Richards with team mate Fabian Coulthard (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) weathering the rain to place third, in the familiar Australian Carrera Cup trifecta.

Kiwi gun Matt Halliday (International Motorsport NZ / Lakesawn Lumber), having his first outing in the Carrera Cup since the Foster's Australian Grand Prix, was running third until lap six when he spun at the final turn following a racing incident with Coulthard.

Halliday managed to return to the track without losing any more places and maintained his fourth position through to the checkered flag.

The top four placegetters are all driving in the V8 Supercar endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst later in the season, showcasing the talent and experience in the Australian Carrera Cup.

Another proven wet weather driver Charlie O'Brien (Charlie O'Brien Racing / Wright Patton Shakespeare) did not take long to find his form in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, with today's Winton race being his first in the Carrera Cup since the Grand Prix in March.

O'Brien finished fifth after a great battle with another seasoned campaigner in Peter Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald Racing / Abcor, Acer) over the entire 12 laps.

In a tussle between more of the Carrera Cup young guns, Klark Quinn (Team VIP Petfoods) held out Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) for eighth. While Stephen Borness (Celerity Racing / Logiadd) and Peter Hill (Greg Murphy Racing / Team Braun) rounded out the top ten in today's race one.

Round six of the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup at Winton Raceway culminates with race two and three over 12 laps tomorrow.

An interested spectator in the Carrera Cup Paddock today was Porsche campaigner Matt Coleman, who has not competed since his large wall shunt at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March. The 31-year-old indicated that he was on track to resume at the next round at Sandown -- venue for his major crash last year.

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 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 August 1 at 2pm (check local guides).

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Series Porsche
Drivers Matthew Halliday , Greg Murphy , Jim Richards , Fabian Coulthard , Alex Davison , Peter Fitzgerald , Stephen Borness , Jonathon Webb , Peter Hill