Oulton Park 2005

Faulkner takes Carrera Cup pole at Oulton Park

Media release: 18 June 2005

Damien Faulkner claimed pole position for round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Saturday, 18 June). Faulkner ended the qualifying session three-tenths of a second ahead of Jason Templeman and Tim Harvey to take his first pole position of the season.

In hot and humid conditions, Faulkner’s best lap of 1m25.163s set the standard for the session and headed a one-two in qualifying for Team Parker Racing. “That was absolutely to plan,” said a delighted Faulkner. “I’m really pleased for the team; everyone has worked unbelievably hard for this.”

Templeman was second fastest, content that his car was working well, while Harvey posted third best time for Team RPM. “We’ve got a good consistent car, we just didn’t get that extra bit out of our new tyres,” he admitted.

Nigel Rice was fourth fastest, heading a trio of cars from Red Line Racing. “That’s where I wanted to be,” said Rice after qualifying behind the top three pacesetters.  Four-tenths of a second covered Rice, his team mates Stephen Shanly and Jason Young and Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance).

“That was kind of what I expected,” said Shanly after qualifying fifth. “That’s the first time I’ve really got something out of the new tyres,” he said as he continues to learn in his first season in the Carrera Cup. Young lost the second half of the session after blowing a clutch but was still sixth fastest, just ahead of Britnell. “The car’s absolutely fine,” reported Britnell.

Eighth fastest was Adam Fleetwood in the Porsche Cars Team Autosport car and he made excellent progress, trimming 1.6s from his best testing lap. “I’m getting more track time and I feel like I’ve got some good speed now,” he said. “I’m really enjoying it and I’ve got an awesome team behind me.”

Another driving making a big jump forward after testing was Steve Clark (Team RPM), who improved by well over a second as he qualified ninth in an incredibly competitive field.

Faulkner wins at Oulton Park

Media release: 18 June 2005

Damien Faulkner swept to a commanding victory in round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Saturday, 18 June).

Once ahead of his team-mate Jason Templeman, Faulkner was able to ease clear and score his first win of the season for Team Parker Racing. “I’m really happy for the team and the sponsors; this win is for them,” said Faulkner, who is now level on championship points with Richard Westbrook.

While Templeman completed a one-two result for the team, Tim Harvey (Team RPM) had another nightmare race when a fault on the ignition switch caused his car to cut out intermittently. After two pit stops, he finished eighth and last, but salvaged some championship points in the process.

Faulkner and Templeman ran side-by-side to the first corner before Templeman edged ahead. However, Faulkner was soon looking at how to depose his team-mate and swept ahead as they ran side-by-side over the start line into lap four. Once ahead, Faulkner was able to stretch his lead out to five seconds as Templeman’s attention was taking when an engine warning light came up on his dash. “I kept looking in my mirrors for smoke, but it was okay,” said Jason who was able to claim a secure second.

With Harvey in trouble from the start, Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) stormed into third and was looking good for a podium finish. However, he was being chased by team-mate Jason Young and on lap seven the cars made contact at Island Hairpin. Rice spun to the tail of the field, as Young went on to claim third place at the flag. However, Young was later excluded from the results over the incident.

With Harvey and Rice both out of the picture, the battle between Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing), Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) and Adam Fleetwood (Porsche Cars Team Autosport) was now for fourth. Having turned in a very impressive drive to stay on the tail of his more experienced rivals, Fleetwood lost ground with a trip over the grass at Knickerbrook. Meanwhile, Shanly fended off Britnell to retain fourth, which became third when Young was excluded. “I was struggling about with the brakes, so I just concentrated on staying ahead of Andy,” said Shanly.

A frustrated Rice eventually took fifth from Fleetwood, while Harvey was classified seventh after his team mate Steve Clark was forced out on the warming up lap with a failed oil seal.

Rain thwarts Carrera Cup at Oulton Park

Media release: 19 June 2005

Round eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB was declared null and void at Oulton Park today (Sunday, 19 June) when a thunderstorm forced the race to be abandoned after only three racing laps.

Heavy storm clouds gathered as the race time approached and as the cars formed on the grid, torrential rain started. After a delayed start, the race began, but after three laps the rain returned and left the track awash. After a further delay, the race was abandoned and so no result was declared and no championship points were awarded.

For the record, Damien Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) was leading from Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) after three laps. Faulkner confirmed that the conditions were too difficult for the race to continue. “It was the right decision to stop the race,” he said. “Those were the most treacherous conditions I’ve ever raced in,” he added.

It is intended to re-run the race at a later meeting in the season, open only to those who qualified at Oulton Park and using the grid positions from the abandoned race.

Confirmation of which meeting will now feature three Carrera Cup races will follow shortly.