Marshall claims pole at Eastern Creek Queenslander outguns championship leader Richards for pole position Marcus Marshall has claimed pole position for today's first race of round two in the Carrera Cup at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway. The...
Marshall claims pole at Eastern Creek
Queenslander outguns championship leader Richards for pole position
Marcus Marshall has claimed pole position for today's first race of round two in the Carrera Cup at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway.
The Queenslander's VIP Pet Foods Porsche GT3 Cup car lapped the 3.93-kilometre circuit in 1m34.5818s to claim his first pole in a national championship event after several seasons in the Formula Ford series.
He qualified less than a tenth of a second faster than championship leader Jim Richards, who won the opening round three weeks ago at Phillip Island.
"It's an awesome result," said the 25-year-old from the Gold Coast.
"I always missed pole position by tenths of seconds when I was in Formula Ford and to finally get one in a national championship event is great.
"I'll be focusing on getting a good start and doing my own thing in the race this afternoon."
The second row of the grid for today's race at 1.05pm will be made up of ENJO driver Peter Fitzgerald and Greg Murphy Racing's Tim Leahey, with four-tenths of a second covering the top four drivers.
Andrew Miedecke took his Miedecke Motorsport machine to fifth fastest, clear of last year's Porsche Cup champion Matt Coleman (suffering the effects of illness), Marshall's VIP team-mate Tony Quinn, Rodney Jane, Kiwi Kevin Bell and Dean Cook's Izod Sportswearcar.
Jane finished his qualifying session early when his Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Porsche blew a radiator hose. The former NASCAR and AUSCAR ace spun off into the gravel trap on the exit of turn nine, and was joined by Greg Keene and Leahey's team-mate Roger Oakeshott.
Nevertheless, the time set by Jane before the red flag for the incident was still good enough for seventh on the grid.
Twenty seven cars are due to start this afternoon's opening race, with two races to be run tomorrow.