Snettereton 2005

Westbrook takes Carrera Cup pole at Snetterton

Media release: 6 August 2005

Richard Westbrook pipped Damien Faulkner to pole position during qualifying for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Saturday, 06 August).

In a thrilling battle for the top slot, Westbrook set the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap of Snetterton in the closing stages of the session to bump Faulkner from pole. “That’s a very quick time,” admitted Westbrook. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the time on the dash.”

Westbrook (Red Line Racing) set the early pace in qualifying, but reckoned that the track was getting quicker and quicker as the session developed. On his second run, Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) moved the mark to 1m09.021s as Westbrook went back out for another shot at pole.

“I thought I’d done enough on the first set of tyres,” said Westbrook. “Finally on the last lap I managed to string a lap together.” The result was a lap of 1m08.854s and pole position. “The lead’s down to 34 points,” said Faulkner. “But to do a nine-dead the car has got to be spot on,” he added.

Right on the pace of Westbrook and Faulkner were Tim Harvey (Team RPM) and Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing). “The car is excellent,” said Harvey after slotting into third and rewarding the team’s efforts to swap an engine overnight. Templeman, meanwhile, was only a tenth slower at a track that does not rate as one of his favourites.

Nigel Rice and Jason Young took the next two places for Red Line Racing. Both drivers set their time and then elected to restrict their qualifying laps in order to keep their tyres in good condition for the races. Seventh slot went to Steve Clark (Team RPM), who again found a chunk of time over testing. “I took my time to get the second set of tyres in, found some space and went for it,” he reported.

Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing), David Ashburn (Trackspeed) and Jeremy Clark (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) completed the top 10 ahead of Michael Corridan (Team Parker Racing).

Faulkner wins Carrera Cup opener at Snetterton

Media release: 7 August 2005

Damien Faulkner swept to victory in round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Sunday, 07 August).

Faulkner fended off Tim Harvey to win and extend his championship lead as Richard Westbrook fought back to finish third on the road after spinning at the first corner. “That’s what we need to do – win races. It just couldn’t be better,” said Faulkner.

Westbrook (Red Line Racing) was caught out at the start and was slow away. “I was waiting for a green light,” admitted Westbrook of his error. While Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) stormed into the lead, Harvey (Team RPM) grabbed second from Westbrook. Into the first corner, Westbrook attacked for second, but clipped Harvey and the Red Line car spun to the tail of the field. “I was giving Richard room, but he hit me in the side and spun,” said Harvey. “It was a racing incident,” confirmed Westbrook.

Also in trouble off the line was Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing). “The clutch went to the floor,” he explained after continuing in last place. Now, both Westbrook and Templeman were on charges up the order.

Up front, Faulkner quickly pulled out a lead of around a second over Harvey as Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) ran a fine third, but was under pressure from team mate Jason Young. By mid-race, Young had worked ahead when Rice ran wide at the Esses, while Westbrook was catching both of them fast. Sure enough, Westbrook flew through to third as Templeman set about the battling Young and Rice. Unfortunately, Westbrook was later excluded from the results after remonstrating with race officials after the finish of the race.

Meanwhile, Faulkner was controlling the race from the front as the first corner clash with Westbrook had cost Harvey any chance of taking the battle to Faulkner. “The car has taken a whack on the rear corner. But Damien drove a very fast race,” admitted Harvey. “I made a perfect start and it was just a matter of keeping the pace,” said Faulkner. “It’s working out pretty well this weekend so far, but I’m just thinking race by race,” he said of his championship lead. Once into third, Westbrook was too far back on Harvey to make any further places, while Templeman had also driven well to work through to fourth.

The battle between Rice and Young ran all the way to the flag, with Rice grabbing fifth back after they had run side-by-side along the pit straight and through Riches. “That was busy,” said Rice. “He out braked himself and then I out braked myself,” added Young. Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) finished close behind Young in seventh, ahead of Steve Clark (Team RPM), Jeremy Clark (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) and David Ashburn (Trackspeed). With Westbrook excluded, everyone else moved up one place in the amended results.

Faulkner’s Carrera Cup double at Snetterton

Media release: 7 August 2005

Damien Faulkner completed a double victory in round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Sunday, 07 August).

While Richard Westbrook battled through from the back of the grid to take second place from Tim Harvey, Faulkner was able to round out a perfect day and extend his championship lead to 56 points. “It’s been a magic weekend; the car was faultless,” said Faulkner.

With Westbrook starting from the back of the grid after his exclusion from the opening race, Faulkner led the pack into Riches. Contact from Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) tipped Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) into a spin at the first corner and put Rice out with a damaged radiator.

The incident meant that Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) and Harvey (Team RPM) now led by a useful margin as Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) jumped into third. However, Westbrook was flying up the order and dived through to third at the Esses on the second lap.

Westbrook immediately set off after Harvey, but worked his tyres hard in the early laps. “We gambled on the tyre pressures and I gave it my all in the first few laps,” said Westbrook. He quickly closed on Harvey, who was struggling with an ill-handling car. “For some reason it was steering from the rear,” reckoned Harvey, who could not prevent Westbrook taking second at the Esses on lap eight.

By now, Faulkner had a lead of around four seconds and, despite pushing hard, Westbrook could not close the gap in the remaining laps. “I knew Richard was going to be going for it,” said Faulkner, who monitored the gap to the flag. Harvey struggled home third, while Templeman earned the driver of the day award for his recovery drive to fourth place after the first lap spin.

Once Jason Young (Red Line Racing) spun at Russell when tussling with Steve Clark (Team RPM), the battle for fifth continued as Clark closed in on Shanly. Less than half a second split them at the flag as Shanly held the place. Young fended off a determined David Ashburn (Trackspeed) for seventh as Michael Corridan (Team Parker Racing) completed the field after Jeremy Clark (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) retired with a blown clutch.