Knockhill 2004

Faulkner heads test at Knockhill

Media release: 6 August 2004

Damien Faulkner topped the times in testing for rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today.

The Irish racer set a storming best lap of 52.816s for Motorbase Performance to end the day four-tenths of a second up on Tim Harvey (Team RPM).

“I think we can still go quicker,” reckoned Faulkner after an excellent performance at the Scottish track. “Especially as we haven’t been here testing before today,” he added.

“We’ve got a good set-up on the car,” said championship leader Harvey after setting the pace in the first hour-long test and then ending the day second to Faulkner. “It is quite hard to do a consistent lap here, but I’m completely going for it to be on pole in qualifying tomorrow,” he said.

A strong day’s work netted third fastest for Jason Templeman (Team VLR). “We’ve had a good day and made some changes; we’ve worked hard,” said Jason, who was a fraction of a second quicker than impressive Carrera Cup newcomer Tom Ferrier (Team Parker Racing). In his first full day driving a Porsche 911GT3 Cup, Ferrier was quickly onto the pace and clearly showed himself a podium contender.

Richard Westbrook (Red Line Racing) was fifth fastest ahead of his first races at the Knockhill track, while team mate Nigel Rice completed the top six, still within a second of Faulkner’s time. “You’ve got to be very precise round here,” said Westbrook.

VIP racer John Cleland posted seventh fastest time in the Porsche Cars GB entry. It was his first time in a racing car this season and his first experience of the current generation of Carrera Cup cars. “That was the first time I’d sat in a car for 10 months, but it’s a bit like riding a bike! I’m just trying to learn what the car does and I want to bring it back in one piece,” said the local hero.

Jonathan Fildes had a torrid start to the day when he crashed on only his sixth lap of the morning session. The TCR car ran wide at the chicane, hit the tyre wall and rolled before landing back on its wheels. Fortunately, the damage was not too severe and some hard work by the team had it ready for the second test session, when he was eighth fastest. “It went right over; it was a big impact,” admitted Fildes. Jason Young (Red Line Racing) and Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) completed the top 10 times.

Templeman takes pole at Knockhill

Media release: 7 August 2004

Jason Templeman topped the times in qualifying for round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today.

In an incredibly close session, Templeman lapped in 53.136s for Team VLR to head a group of five cars covered by less than a third of a second.

“I didn’t think I’d get pole with that time,” admitted Templeman, as higher ambient temperatures made times generally slower than in testing. “I kept pushing for a 52s lap,” he added.

Richard Westbrook was second fastest for Red Line Racing and was pleased to be two places ahead of his championship rival Tim Harvey (Team RPM). “That was aim; to get onto the front row of the grid,” said Westbrook after lapping only two-hundredths of a second slower than Templeman.

Making a fine debut in Carrera Cup GB, Tom Ferrier (Team Parker Racing) was third fastest, having held pole position for much of the session. “I just got pipped,” said Ferrier. “It’s really hard to get the best out of it in qualifying.” Harvey was fourth best, still only five-hundredths of a second slower than Templeman.

Having set the pace in testing, Damien Faulkner (Motorbase Performance) slipped to fifth in qualifying, but the times were so close that Damien was still well within a tenth of a second of the pole position time.

Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) completed the top six in the busy session. “I was struck in traffic a lot of the time,” said Rice, while Jonathan Fildes (TCR) was seventh from Jason Young (Red Line Racing).

Ninth fastest was John Cleland in the VIP car after spinning into the gravel at Duffus Dip early in the session. Qualifying was halted while the car was moved and Cleland was later able to rejoin the session. “I’m just trying to drive the car like a touring car and it’s not the way to go,” he admitted. “My kids’ll give me a real doing for being this far back on the grid!” Despite the set back, he was enjoying the chance to drive the Porsche. “These cars are very well engineered motor cars.” Gary Britnell completed the top 10 for the Motorbase Performance team.

Westbrook takes opening race at Knockhill

Media release: 8 August 2004

Richard Westbrook fended off Tim Harvey to win round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday, 8 August).

In an enthralling contest, Westbrook won by a fraction of a second after Jason Templeman spun out of the lead.

“Richard drove all the right lines,” admitted Harvey after several attempts to take the lead at a circuit where overtaking is never easy. Tom Ferrier completed the podium in a fine Carrera Cup debut.

After the race start was delayed for an hour due to fog, Templeman (Team VLR) headed the field into Duffus Dip in a very clean start. Westbrook (Red Line Racing) slotted into second while Harvey (Team RPM) grabbed third as Ferrier (Team Parker Racing) was slow away and dropped to fifth. “That’s the first time I’ve started a Porsche,” admitted Ferrier. John Cleland, meanwhile, made a monster start in the Porsche Cars VIP entry and dived into fourth.

The top three soon started to edge away as Cleland fought to hold off a gaggle of cars that included Ferrier, Damien Faulkner (Motorbase Performance) and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing).

The top three held station until lap seven when Templeman’s car snapped into a spin at Clark. Though he later rejoined, he was at the tail of the field and that left Westbrook leading with Harvey on his tail. For the rest of the 20 laps, there was seldom more than a few yards between the two leaders, but Westbrook was able to soak up the pressure. Even when Harvey went down the outside into the Hairpin on lap 17 to draw level under braking, Westbrook used his experience to stay ahead.

“Jason spinning made it quite easy for me,” said Westbrook. “I didn’t feel under too much pressure at the end.” Conscious of his championship lead, Harvey didn’t risk all in a bid to take the lead. “I got very close a few laps from the end, but never got a clean chance to pass,” said Tim.

The battle for what became third raged as Ferrier battled ahead of Cleland. Once clear, Ferrier knew he could not catch the leaders and settled for a secure third. “John was using all the tricks in the book,” reckoned Ferrier after a great debut. “I like it a lot,” he added of his graduation to Carrera Cup.

Into fourth with a mighty drive from the back of the pack came Jonathan Fildes (TCR). Having smelt coolant on the parade lap, he pitted for checks and started from the pit road. His drive through the field to fourth was one of the highlights of the race. Rice, meanwhile, spent a long time embroiled with Cleland but broke clear to take fifth, while Faulkner ended his race after a spin during a fierce contest with Cleland.

Gary Britnell (Motorbase Performance) turned in an excellent drive to seventh, while Mark Hazell (Team Parker Racing) held off Andy Britnell for eighth.

Westbrook does the double at Knockhill

Media release: 8 August 2004

In almost a re-run of the first race of the day, Richard Westbrook fended off Tim Harvey to win round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday, 8 August).

Harvey mounted his biggest challenge at the final corner, but after slight contact, Westbrook (Red Line Racing) held his lead. “I don’t want to sit behind and drive for points,” admitted Harvey. However, Harvey (Team RPM) retains a 29-point championship lead with six races still to run.

Westbrook fended off Harvey in the charge to the first corner, but further back there was contact and John Cleland was nudged into a spin. Both Cleland and Jonathan Fildes (TCR) had to pit for wheel changes after picking up punctures and Cleland later retired with clutch problems.

Westbrook and Harvey soon went clear at the head of the pack as Tom Ferrier (Team Parker Racing) chased with Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) fifth. Meanwhile, Damien Faulkner (Motorbase Performance) was charging up from the back of the grid.

Westbrook spent virtually the whole race with Harvey only a few feet from his rear bumper. But Harvey was saving his best shot until the last corner when he went down the outside of Westbrook. They were side by side through the corner but on the exit the cars touched and Harvey was pitched over the kerbs and gravel. While Westbrook swept over the line, Harvey resumed for a secure second.

“That was really good,” reckoned Westbrook after his second win of the day. “I’m not thinking about the championship; I’m just trying to win races,” he added. Harvey, meanwhile, had retained most of his championship lead. “It’s not in my nature to drive for points,” he confirmed after his final corner bid.

Ferrier completed a great weekend with another podium in third, although at the flag he was almost caught by Faulkner after a fine drive by the Irishman. “From dead last to fourth at Knockhill; I’m pleased with the result,” reckoned Faulkner.

Rice was a strong fifth, well clear of a three-way battle between Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance), Gary Britnell (Motorbase Performance) and Jason Templeman (Team VLR). That was how they finished after a very close race.