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Monday, 7 January, 2002, 08:57 GMT
Coulthard Mk II makes his mark
David Coulthard in good mood
David Coulthard could soon have a family rival
Fabian Coulthard, a 19-year-old second cousin of Formula One driver David Coulthard, lived up to his famous name by winning the New Zealand Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Auckland driver, who is sponsored by a website specialising in adult products, is being tipped as his country's next motor-racing star after he took the 36-lap classic in Invercargill.

After dominating New Zealand single-seater racing this season, winning all seven races in his Formula Ford class, he is being groomed to follow Scott Dixon, the Kiwi who was Cart racing's rookie of the year in 2001.

"It is good to keep the family connection going," said Coulthard.

The New Zealand Grand Prix formerly featured legendary figures like Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss.

"This just means so much," Coulthard said. "Just to be among all those prestigious names (previous winners) is very, very good."

Coulthard led the race from start to finish, beating Americans Bryan Sellers and AJ Allmendinger into second and third place.

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