FABIAN COULTHARD will return to the championship that launched his full-time Australian racing career, joining Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport for the remainder of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship.
The Gold Coast-based New Zealander will join Courtney Prince in a revamped two-car Porsche Centre Melbourne squad for the remaining seven rounds of the championship this year, with options to continue into the 2024 championship.
Coulthard claimed the 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship for Greg Murphy Racing prior to embarking on his full-time career in Supercars competition.
Despite just two full-time seasons in the championship, Coulthard remains one of the most successful drivers in series’ history, with six round wins coming from just 18 round starts, and his 19 race wins from 53 races.
He won on his most recent Carrera Cup Australia race start, in 2005 at Phillip Island.
Coulthard remains attached to the Porsche brand as a regular member of the Porsche Sport Driving School coaching team in Queensland.
His addition to the team comes following a re-structure of the PCM squad following the opening round of the championship at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, with the end goal being a return of the squad to the very front of the grid.
As well as being an ambassador for the team and dealership, Coulthard will also support the development of Courtney Prince’s career.
Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport is a factory-owned dealership and is supported by the Porsche retail group.
The team is one of the most successful in Carrera Cup Australia history with previous champions, Craig Baird and Jim Richards. Operations have also recently moved into a stand-alone facility In Collingwood, Melbourne and the team have signed a multi-year partnership with global giant, BWT.
The next round of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship continues at the Betr Darwin Triple Crown this weekend at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
Action will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sport this weekend.
CAMERON McCONVILLE – Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport
“We are genuinely excited to have Fabian on-board. He is a true pro and it’s just what we need to get PCM back to the pointy end of the field. When a seat became available, he was a natural fit for our brand having a long-term involvement with Porsche Cars Australia with the drive experience and of course, a former Carrera Cup Champion.
“We also need to thank Walkinshaw Andretti United for allowing him to drive with us for the remainder of the year alongside his Supercar enduro commitments.”
“I’m excited to sign with Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport and return to the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship.
“I’ve got fond memories of competing in one-make Porsche racing and it was a great time in my career as I established myself in Australia – I’m still very close with the brand, drive their product regularly and can’t wait to race the 992 GT3 Cup Car starting in Darwin this weekend.
“I was flattered that Cam and the team at PCM got in touch and I’m excited to be joining them to help push their program forward. They’ve always presented quick cars and I’m looking forward to working with Courtney and the whole team for the remainder of this year.
“I’m fortunate that Walkinshaw Andretti United can see the value in me racing this year and allowed me to race in this series. It’s a great way for me to keep sharp and race fit for the enduros later in the year.
“You don’t realize how much you miss racing until you don’t get the opportunity to race, it’s exciting to be back. It’s going to be a challenge to jump in at the deep end in Darwin, in a highly competitive field, but I can’t wait to get stuck in and get behind the wheel at Hidden Valley.”
DANIEL SCHMOLLINGER – Managing Director, Porsche Cars Australia
“Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport has a long history of winning in Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup and we are really excited that Fabian will drive for us and push for podiums and race wins.”