Knockhill 2005

Westbrook takes Carrera Cup pole

Media release: 27 August 2005

With the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap of the circuit, Richard Westbrook took pole position for round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday, 27 August).

Westbrook beat championship leader Damien Faulkner to pole in a fiercely competitive qualifying session as they both set lap times under the 53s barrier for the first time. While Westbrook ran a series of 52s laps, with a best of 52.651s, Faulkner worked down to 52.767s in the closing minutes of qualifying.

“In the Porsche its such good fun here,” said Westbrook. “But it’s easy to over-drive the car. I can’t dictate what happens to Damien, all I could do is get pole,” added Westbrook (Red Line Racing).

“I’m really happy to be on the front row,” said Faulkner (Team Parker Racing). “We knew Richard was very fast, but we improved the car a little bit for qualifying.” Looking ahead to the race, Faulkner has a healthy championship points’ lead and knows that he does not need to beat Westbrook to stay well ahead. “It’s no different from any other race weekend and we know what we’ve got to do,” said Damien.

A superb third fastest was Gordon Shedden in the Porsche Cars with Team Autosport entry. He joined Westbrook and Faulkner in breaking the 53s barrier on his final lap, despite a light drizzle starting to fall. “The last lap in the drizzle wasn’t a million miles away,” said Gordon after a highly impressive debut. “It’s taken a bit of getting used to,” he added of his first experience of racing a rear wheel drive car.

Initially, Tim Harvey (Team RPM) seemed set to join Westbrook and Faulkner, but on his second set of tyres he felt a handling imbalance. A camber bolt had come loose and that cost him any chance of improving on fourth position. “It happened just after we put the second set of tyres on,” confirmed Harvey.

Fifth was Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) who was still struggling to find a handling set-up of his liking, while Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) was sixth after matching Templeman’s time. “I braked too early for the hairpin on my best lap and that cost me at least a tenth,” said Rice.

Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) was seventh from David Ashburn (Trackspeed), with Ashburn spinning early on at Clark Corner and just avoiding the tyre wall. Steve Clark (Team RPM) had an on-going clutch problem that hindered his progress as championship newcomer Jim Geddie (Apex Tubular) and Michael Corridan (Team Parker Racing) completed the grid.

Westbrook wins Carrera Cup opener at Knockhill

Media release: 28 August 2005

Richard Westbrook scored an emphatic victory in round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday, 27 August).

Westbrook swept ahead at the start and quickly established a lead over Damien Faulkner, which he maintained to the finish to score his ninth win of the season. Behind Faulkner, Gordon Shedden battled ahead of Tim Harvey to take third after some fine dicing in the opening stages of the race.

“I really needed that; it’s good to be back on the top step of the podium,” said Westbrook (Red Line Racing) after a faultless performance. Having built his lead early on, he controlled the margin to Faulkner and held his rival at a gap of around 1.5s all the way to the flag. “I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes,” he added.

Faulkner chased, but was never in a position to challenge. “He did what he had to do and I guess I did as well,” said Faulkner (Team Parker Racing), who maintained a healthy championship lead as a result. “But we’ll be giving it our all in the second race and we’re certainly trying to win races.”

The battle of the race raged for third place in the opening laps as Harvey (Team RPM) and Shedden (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) traded the place several times. Harvey got ahead off the line, but Shedden grabbed the place back on the exit of the Hairpin. Harvey dived through into McIntyres moments later, but Shedden jumped ahead on the approach to the next corner, Clark Curve.

Once ahead, Shedden was able to edge a few yards clear over the next laps and as Harvey hit brake problems the gap grew further. However, at the height of their early battle, Stephen Shanly and Nigel Rice from Red Line Racing and Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) all ran in very close formation in a five-car train. “That was really good,” said Rice of the opening laps.

After losing out at the start, Templeman battled ahead of both Rice and Shanly, only to hit clutch problems late in the race and slow dramatically. Having tigered ahead of Shanly into Duffus Dip, Rice was able to move ahead of Templeman on the closing lap to take fifth. Behind Shanly, David Ashburn (Trackspeed) and Steve Clark (Team RPM) had a lengthy tussle for eighth, which finally went to Ashburn by less than a second. Jim Geddie (Apex Tubular) and Michael Corridan (Team Parker Racing) rounded out the finishers.

Westbrook takes Knockhill double

Media release: 28 August 2005

Richard Westbrook completed a perfect weekend with victory in round 16 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday, 28 August).

Just as he had in dry conditions on Saturday, Westbrook won Sunday’s wet race from the front to maintain his unbeaten record at the Scottish track. However, a big mid-race challenge from Gordon Shedden kept Westbrook on his toes.

On a horribly wet track, Westbrook (Red Line Racing) led the pack into the first corner from Damien Faulkner (Team Parker Racing), but Faulkner soon knew that he was struggling. In the run up to the race, conditions looked to be improving and the team elected to send Faulkner and his team mate Jason Templeman into the race on used wet tyres. As the rain increased again, that proved to be the wrong choice and both drivers struggled as the race developed.

Into the hairpin at the end of the first lap, Shedden dived ahead of Faulkner to take second and set off in pursuit of Westbrook. Meanwhile, Faulkner started to fall back into the clutches of Tim Harvey (Team RPM) and on lap eight Harvey moved through to third at the hairpin.

While Shedden chipped away at Westbrook’s lead, Harvey closed on both of them. By lap 13, Shedden was right on Westbrook’s tail, but Westbrook was able to respond and build his lead out to a second and a half once more. Shortly after, Shedden was caught behind a slower car at the chicane and that was all the chance that Harvey needed to move in. On the penultimate lap, Harvey dived ahead on the run out of Clark, only for Shedden to get the place back on the exit of the hairpin. On the final lap, they ran side-by-side into the hairpin, but Shedden got the verdict by less than a length after a fine race.

“I’m just enjoying racing again. Today, I just went off like a rabbit from the start, but mid-race Gordon was very quick. Then I could pull away again,” said a delighted Westbrook. Shedden, too, was elated with his race. “Fantastic! That’s the first time in the car in the wet. Thanks to Porsche Cars GB and Autosport for giving me the chance to compete this weekend.”

Third place, and a series of race fastest laps, showed that Harvey had winning pace. “I had a good car and it was nice to be going forward. But I didn’t know it was the last lap as I couldn’t see the board.” Faulkner struggled home fourth, scoring important championship points but disappointed not to have challenged for victory.

Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) had Faulkner in his sights, as he took fifth from Templeman and Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing). Meanwhile David Ashburn (Trackspeed) collected the driver of the day award in eighth after his rival from Saturday, Steve Clark (Team RPM) pitted for attention to a loose windscreen wiper.