Brands Hatch (GP) 2005

Westbrook takes Carrera Cup pole 

Media release: 1 October 2005

Richard Westbrook claimed his eighth pole position from nine qualifying sessions in 2005 ahead of round 19 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Saturday, 1 October).

With a stunning series of laps, Westbrook (Red Line Racing) topped the timesheets once again. However, having set the pole with a lap in 1m30.090s, Westbrook still believed he could have gone faster.

“I didn’t get the best out of it,” he said. “But the main thing was to get pole. I really want to end the season on a high and this weekend is so important to me,” said Westbrook.

Second fastest was Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) as he battles to grab third in the final championship standings from Tim Harvey. “It could have been ever closer,” said Templeman, who confirmed that he made an error at Stirlings on best lap. Right behind Templeman on the times was his team mate Damien Faulkner. With the drivers’ title secure, Faulkner is focused on trying to ensure that Team Parker Racing also claims the team championship title.

Harvey (Team RPM) was fourth fastest, but was sidelined with a broken gear linkage just as he lined up to attack on his second set of tyres. “I’d rather it went now than in the race,” said Harvey. “I was really enjoying that!”

Fifth slot was another strong performance from Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing), but he felt that he could have been faster. “The track was so different from yesterday during testing,” said Rice. Completing the top six was series returnee David Pinkney (Motorbase Performance). “The car was amazing,” said Pinkney, who had been held up by another car on his best lap.

Jason Young (Red Line Racing) was seventh best, only a couple of tenths of a second away from Pinkney, while eighth best was Tim Bridgman (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport). However, he only ran four laps before spinning on the exit of Surtees and bumping the barriers. His session was over and the red flag came out while the car was moved, but damage was light and he will be on the grid on Sunday morning.

Completing the top 10 for Motorbase Performance were Andy Britnell and series debutant Phil Quaife, with teenager Quaife making a strong improvement over his pace from Friday’s test sessions.

Westbrook tops Carrera Cup

Media release: 2 October 2005

Richard Westbrook dominated round 19 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday, 2 October) to score his 12th race win of the season.

While Westbrook stretched clear of the pack, Jason Templeman took second with Damien Faulkner on his tail to strengthen his bid for third in the final championship standings.

“It was the perfect race at the perfect circuit,” said an elated Westbrook (Red Line Racing) after a faultless performance. “I just want to end the season on a high,” he confirmed.

The contest for second ran for virtually the whole race. Templeman (Team Parker Racing) slotted in behind Westbrook off the grid, followed by Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) and Tim Harvey (Team RPM). With Harvey leading Templeman by just two points in the contest for third place in the championship, Templeman really needed his team mate to stay ahead of Harvey.

“The aim was to stay in front of Tim and we did it reasonably well,” said Templeman. Several time Harvey mounted challenges on Faulkner, but the 2005 champion always defended to keep Harvey in fourth. “I can afford to offer some help to Jason and I wasn’t going to gift Tim the position. The car was brilliant,” said Faulkner.

As many as four cars ran in close company in a battle for fifth place, which eventually fell to series returnee David Pinkney (Motorbase Performance). However, Pinkney had to battle ahead of Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) in order to claim fifth. Out of Surtees, Pinkney got alongside Rice, who ran along the grass as a result. That allowed Jason Young (Red Line Racing) to edge Rice back to seventh. “Jason drove by just waving,” said Rice. Once into fifth, Pinkney was too far adrift of the leading quartet to make any further progress. “I was just holding station,” he said of the closing laps.

Up behind Rice in the second half of the race was Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance). However, he attacked into Surtees for the final time and ran wide into a spin, which dropped him to tenth place behind Steve Clark (Team RPM) and Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance). Clark had pulled up well into contention with the pack ahead of him after qualifying only 12th.

Westbrook does Carrera Cup double

Media release: 2 October 2005

Richard Westbrook wrapped up the season with another commanding win in round 20 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday, 2 October).

In a repeat of the earlier race, Westbrook swept ahead from the start and dominated the race from the front. In his wake, Damien Faulkner took second place from Jason Templeman as Team Parker Racing clinched the teams’ championship.

Westbrook (Red Line Racing) got the start he wanted to beat Templeman into Paddock Hill Bend and was quickly able to establish a lead. While Tim Harvey (Team RPM) challenged the pair of Team Parker Racing cars, Westbrook pulled out a lead of over four seconds.

Harvey was able to move ahead of Faulkner for third place out of Graham Hill Bend, but was caught out by coolant dropped a lap earlier at Surtees. “Jason got a bit sideways on the coolant and I couldn’t avoid him,” explained Harvey. The contact with the back of Templeman’s car damaged a radiator on Harvey’s car and his race was over, along with any chance of taking third in the championship.

With Harvey out, Faulkner could race with his team mate and when Templeman had a moment at Westfield on lap seven, Faulkner nipped ahead. However, though he closed the gap to Westbrook a little, the leader was never in any danger of being caught. “I wanted to end on a high and that’s what I’ve done. The 996 has been a brilliant car for me over three years!”

Faulkner was equally pleased to help secure the team title for Team Parker Racing. “We’ve accomplished everything we set out to do,” he confirmed. That also applied to Templeman, who secured third in the championship with third place in the final round, even though his engine was losing power over the closing laps after the contact from Harvey had damaged the exhaust.

Fourth place fell to Tim Bridgman after a fine drive in the Porsche Cars with Team Autosport entry. Having started at the back of the grid after retiring from the opening race, he battled up the order and benefited from a couple of retirements to finish a strong fourth. “It’s been a brilliant weekend, and I’d like to thank Porsche Cars and Autosport for giving me this opportunity.”

Out on the opening lap after a tangle at Surtees went Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) and David Pinkney (Motorbase Performance) and so it was Jason Young (Red Line Racing) who took an excellent fifth as Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance), Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) and Steve Clark (Team RPM) chased.