Brands Hatch (Indy) 2005

Westbrook takes Carrera Cup pole at Brands

Media release: 4 June 2005

Richard Westbrook was again the manto beat in qualifying for round fiveof the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at BrandsHatch today (Saturday, 4 June).

In setting the fastest ever lap fora Carrera Cup car on the Indy circuit,Westbrook took pole by just under afifth of a second for Red Line Racing.Less than a second covered the topnine cars and the whole grid lappedwithin 1.7s of Westbrook’s time.

“That went totally to plan,” said Westbrook. “I just love it here.” Importantly, he only ran 12 laps in qualifying. “Itis so important for the races to havetwo good sets of tyres,” he added.

Damien Faulkner (Team Parker Racing)led the chase of Westbrook, runninga whole series of laps in the low 48sbracket before dipping to a best of47.992s. That was a fraction quickerthan his team mate Jason Templeman,who was running better than he hadin pre-race testing but was still battlingto find the speed to challenge Westbrook.

Tim Harvey (Team RPM) was fourthfastest but was disappointed to beback from his title rival Westbrook. “We’restill struggling with understeer atDruids and Clearways and it is costingus a tenth of a second at each corner.We can’t dial it out at the moment,” saidHarvey.

Claiming a fine fifth was Alex Mortimerin the second Team RPM car. “That’sexactly what I wanted to do today,” hesaid of qualifying ahead of his first2005 Carrera Cup outing. Mortimer headeda pack of five cars covered by justa fifth of a second as Jason Young(Red Line Racing) completed the topsix from Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance),Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) and StephenShanly (Red Line Racing).

Wrapping up the top ten qualifiers wasseries newcomer Sam Edwards (MotorbasePerformance), while eleventh fastestwas Susie Stoddart in the Porsche Cars with Team Autosport entry.

Westbrook wins Carrera Cup at Brands

Media release: 4 June 2005

Richard Westbrook was again the manto beat in round five of the PorscheCarrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today(Saturday, 4 June).

Westbrook (Red Line Racing) foughtahead of early leader Damien Faulkner(Team Parker Racing) to score his fifthwin in five races in a race that wasshortened after Tim Harvey (Team RPM)crashed out of the race after contactwith Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing).

The opening laps of the race provideda superb spectacle as the leading fourcars ran nose to tail in a mighty battle.Faulkner just got the better startfrom the outside of the front row tonose ahead of Westbrook on the sprintto the first corner. Harvey slottedinto third with Templeman fourth.

“The first lap or two wasn’ttoo bad, but the car went off very,very quickly and it was difficult tokeep Richard behind me,” explainedFaulkner. Into Clearways for the eighthtime, Westbrook saw his chance anddived through on the inside to takethe lead. “I didn’t panictoo much and was patient,” confirmedWestbrook. “I could see he wasstruggling into Clearways.”

Once ahead, Westbrook was able tosteadily build his lead as Faulknernow had his hands full of Harvey andTempleman. Whilst trying to attackFaulkner, Harvey also had to defendfrom Templeman. Into Paddock for the19th time, Templeman saw a gap on theinside line and ran side-by-side throughPaddock Hill Bend with Harvey. However,as the foot of the hill, the cars touchedand Harvey spun heavily into the tyrebarrier on the inside of the circuitand, with his car abandoned on thetrack, the race was halted.

Up front, Westbrook had strengthenedhis grip on the title race with hisfifth win. With Harvey removed fromthe results as the cause of the redflag, Jason Young (Red Line Racing)moved up to fourth after a mighty battlewith first Alex Mortimer (Team RPM)and then Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing).

However, Mortimer hit ABS dramasand spun at Clearways, while Shanlywas forced to retire with gear linkageproblems. Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing)had run a strong fifth for much ofthe race, but was penalised 10 secondsfor a false start and dropped to ninth.All of that left the battling teammates Andy Britnell and Sam Edwardsto take fifth and sixth for MotorbasePerformance. Into seventh, went SusieStoddart after an excellent performancein the Porsche Cars with Team Autosport entry, as Mortimer took eighth.

Westbrook takes win number six

Media release: 5 June 2005

Richard Westbrook made it six winsfrom six rounds of the Porsche CarreraCup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday,5 June).

With another masterful display, Westbrook(Red Line Racing) saw off the earlychallenge of Damien Faulkner (TeamParker Racing) to extend his championshiplead to 22 points. Meanwhile, Tim Harveywas dealt another blow when he wasforced to retire with a detached waterpipe.

For Harvey, even being on the gridwas a massive achievement. His carhas been badly damaged in Saturday’saccident, but the crew at Team RPMworked late into the night to repairthe damage, using parts taken fromAlex Mortimer’s car and a loanedengine. Assistance from other teams,notably Motorbase Performance, helpedget the car straightened out. “Wecouldn’t have done it withoutthe help of the other teams,” saidteam boss Robin Mortimer on Sundaymorning.

While Westbrook beat Faulkner tothe first corner, Harvey pulled offan amazing start from eleventh on thegrid to grab fourth at the first cornerand then jumped ahead of Jason Templeman(Team Parker Racing) before the endof the opening lap. “I couldn’thang about; I just had to go for iton the first lap,” admitted Tim.

Up front, Westbrook pulled out alead of a couple of seconds and thencontrolled the race, as Faulkner wasnot able to mount a challenge. “Themain focus was to get a good start,” saidWestbrook. “After that, the racewas relatively simple.”

Sadly, Harvey’s amazing openingwas not destined to bring a rewardas he was forced into the pits afternine laps. That put Templeman backinto third place. Into fine fourthand fifth places went the MotorbasePerformance pair of Andy Britnell andSam Edwards, both putting in excellentdrives. “It’s good to comeback into the championship and gettwo top six places,” said Britnell.Edwards, too, had impressed with hispace and consistency on his championship debut.

Another tremendous battle raged forsixth as Jason Young and Stephen Shanlyfrom Red Line Racing battled with theflying Susie Stoddart (Porsche Carswith Team Autosport). Shanly eventuallytook the place, but had to fend off Stoddart in the closing stages.