Australia: Marcus Marshall Albert Park preview

Marcus Marshall and AEG Power Tools mount assault on AGP Carrera Australian Porsche racing star Marcus Marshall will make a one-off start for 2004 in Australia in the Michelin Carrera Cup support races at the Fosters Australian Grand Prix. The...

Marcus Marshall and AEG Power Tools mount assault on AGP Carrera

Australian Porsche racing star Marcus Marshall will make a one-off start for 2004 in Australia in the Michelin Carrera Cup support races at the Fosters Australian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Gold Coaster, who finished second in last year's Carrera Cup to veteran Jim Richards, will drive a Tekno Autosports Porsche GT3 Cup car run by Paul Cruickshank Racing in the support races for the all-Porsche category.

Marshall will be team-mates for the weekend with 20-year-old Jonathon Webb and has backing from long-time supporter AEG Power Tools for the one-off venture.

"The Grand Prix last year was where I made my debut in the Porsche Carrera Cup car and because it's such a big race meeting, it's important to be in a competitive car," said Marshall.

"I'm looking forward to getting my backside back into a racing car after a long summer and get 2004 off to a big start."

Marshall and his Carrera Cup rivals will have four races at the Grand Prix meeting and the 5.26-kilometre circuit is one that will lend itself to tight racing among the equal cars.

"Last year the Grand Prix meeting was the first-ever Carrera Cup event in Australia, so the teams and drivers have had a full season of racing under their belts and things should be a lot closer come that weekend in March."

Marshall finished fifth, fourth and third in last year's three support races at the Australian Grand Prix, his debut in the all-Porsche category.

He went onto finish second in the drivers championship for VIP Petfoods Racing, winning the Winton round and taking six podium positions from the nine rounds.

Additionally, Marshall finished a strong fifth and sixth in the Indianapolis rounds of the highly-competitive Porsche Supercup, whetting his appetite for more overseas racing action this season.

Marshall is still continuing to piece together his overseas racing deal for 2004. He has opportunities to race in the Formula One-supporting Michelin Porsche Supercup, though is entertaining other offers from overseas.

"I'd like to have it all signed, sealed and delivered as soon as possible, but I want to make sure the deal I end up doing is the best one possible," he said.

"It's important to do that and there's plenty of time still to make the selection and head overseas and start testing."

The Carrera Cup is a championship solely for Porsche GT3 Cup cars. All cars are built by the Porsche factory in Weissach, Germany, and produce 400 horsepower from their six-cylinder engines.

Drivers are able to make limited set-up adjustments to the $250,000 thoroughbred racing machines, which run on a Michelin control tyre.

The Carrera Cup cars will have a practice and qualifying session at Albert Park in addition to their four-race program.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Jim Richards , Paul Cruickshank
Teams Tekno Autosports