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Steven Richards enters Carrera Cup’s Townsville round as series leader and one of the race favouriteRichards enters Townsville as most experienced, while drivers race for Jase

Steven Richards has finished in the top three of every Carrera Cup race this year – and aims to continue his consistent form in Townsville this weekend.

After racing at the Far North Queensland track in the past two V8 Supercars seasons, Richards has more experience at Townsville’s Reid Park circuit than any other Carrera Cup competitor. And after finishing in the top three positions in all six Carrera Cup races this year (including one race win), Richards enters the round as the championship leader.

With this experience and consistency on Richards’ side, the Laser Racing driver suggests he may have the edge on Townsville track, initially.

“I guess I know which direction the track goes having raced there over the past two years, so knowing the layout and having an idea of where you should brake and accelerate should be a bit of an advantage,” said Richards.

“I think the track will seem a lot different in a Porsche than a V8 Supercar though. We won’t necessarily be able to use the kerbs in the Porsche, whereas you aim to hit every one of them in a V8 Supercar.

“While I might have an advantage initially, I think it won’t take long for the front-running guys to get to know the circuit and get up to speed around Reid Park.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Guest car will race at Townsville this weekend; its second appearance in the 2011 championship.

The #60 Bid4Jase.com Porsche GT3 Cup car will be raced to raise awareness for Bid4Jase.com, an auction website aimed at raising funds in support of Jason Richards and his family.

In other news, New Zealander Daniel Gaunt will line up at Townsville in new colours after joining Money Choice Motorsport.

Gaunt, who currently sits fourth in the Carrera Cup standings, has joined Matthew Coleman in the Melbourne-based outfit for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Townsville’s round three of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia also marks the return of Craig Baird from his recent international experience at the Porsche Carrera World Cup at Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

In the Elite Class, Max Twigg and Paul Kelly will both look to secure the Elite Class honours. While Twigg leads the class in points, Kelly will aim to replicate his form at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway, where he won the round on his series debut.

Race two of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will be telecast live on Raceday Xtra on 7mate in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra between 2:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST) on Sunday, July 10. The race will also be broadcast on Seven in Perth from 11:00am - 12:00pm and in Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania between 2:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST) on Sunday, July 10.