Thruxton 2005

Templeman on pole

Media release: 30 April 2005

Jason Templeman set a scorching pace in qualifying to take pole position for round two of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton today (Saturday, 30 April).

With the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap of the high-speed Hampshire track, Templeman (Team Parker Racing) headed a quartet of cars covered by little more than three-tenths of a second at the head of the field.

Having set the pole time early in the session, Templeman had two grassy moments as he pushed to go even faster. “The second time I under steered off at Goodwood and I thought the car was going to roll,” he admitted, having arrived back in the pits with the front of the car full of grass. However, his best lap was enough to secure pole position.

For much of the session, Damien Faulkner made it a one-two for Team Parker Racing. However, a big attack from Tim Harvey (Team RPM) grabbed second slot in the closing minutes of the session. “I didn’t get a very good run on the first set of tyres,” admitted Harvey. “We put the second set on and it was a good lap.” That bumped Faulkner to third. “I was a bit conservative during that session,” admitted the Irish racer. “But it’s great for the team to get pole.”

Fourth quickest, and little more than three-tenths away from pole was championship leader Richard Westbrook (Red Line Racing). “I missed the test session here a month ago, and I’m coming from the back foot,” he admitted. “There’s more to come from me and the car, but we’re starting from scratch with the set-up.”

Nigel Rice slotted into fifth, despite finding his car sliding a lot as the ambient temperature climbed steadily. “Fifth seems to be my place at the moment,” said Rice (Red Line Racing). Completing the top six was Stephen Shanly, also for Red Line Racing, with Jason Young seventh for the Cleveland-based team.

Jon Barnes qualified the Porsche Cars/Team Autosport eighth, as Steve Clark (Team RPM) and David Ashburn (Track Speed) completed the top 10 times.

Westbrook wins race one at Thruxton

Media release: 1 May 2005

Richard Westbrook completed a hat trick of victories in a thrilling round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton today (Sunday, 1 May). Westbrook had to overcome the challenge of Tim Harvey and Damien Faulkner as he battled through to victory.

In a race full of close racing, Jason Young scored his first-ever Carrera Cup podium in third after Harvey picked up a puncture on the last lap of the race and slipped to eighth place.

The action started as the red lights went out when Harvey (Team RPM) tigered into the lead ahead of pole man Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing). Immediately, Westbrook (Red Line Racing) fought up to third and then grabbed second with an incredibly bold move around the outside of Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) into the chicane. That allowed Harvey to go over two seconds clear, but Westbrook soon started chasing him down with Faulkner in pursuit.

Meanwhile, Templeman slipped to fourth behind Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) as Templeman hit mechanical problems and started to slow. However, having run strongly in fourth, Shanly spun at Church and dropped down the order.

It took until lap 10 for Westbrook to find the gap he wanted to dive ahead of Harvey at the Complex. “The car was strong at the start,” said Harvey. “But he got me with a good move.” Harvey wasn’t finished yet, however, and re-challenged Westbrook as Faulkner made it a three-car train at the front. Then, going into the final lap, Harvey picked up a puncture and was forced to limp slowly around the lap to finish eighth.

Faulkner chased Westbrook to the line, but Westbrook had it covered to make it three Carrera Cup wins in three races. “That was a cracking race! The car was so good and it was a really good race to be in,” he said. Faulkner clinched second, while Young (Red Line Racing) had the race of his life to fend off teammate Nigel Rice for the final podium position. “That’s my best ever result,” said an elated Young, while Rice was left to rue getting squeezed out at the first corner. “I had to nearly stop at the complex,” he said, before fighting up to fourth.

Shanly claimed fifth, despite having the front of the car filled with grass after his spin and Jon Barnes (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) had a good race to sixth, having run fifth for much of the race before a dead arm left him struggling to find gears. Steve Clark (Team RPM) also ran with the main pack until a mid-race spin dropped him to seventh.

Westbrook does Carrera Cup double at Thruxton

Media release: 1 May 2005

Richard Westbrook fended off a ferocious challenge from Damien Faulkner to win round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton today (Sunday, 1 May).

For lap after lap, the two cars were only inches apart as Faulkner pushed Westbrook to the limit. After 18 minutes of nose-to-tail racing, Westbrook won by barely a car’s length, while Tim Harvey completed the podium after starting at the tail of the grid.

While Harvey blasted up the order off the start, Westbrook (Red Line Racing) grabbed the lead from Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) and that was how it stayed in a brilliant contest. Lap after lap Faulkner kept enormous pressure on Westbrook and even got alongside under braking for the chicane on lap nine. The cars touched briefly and Westbrook dived through the middle of the chicane as Faulkner took the normal route. Westbrook just emerged ahead, and Faulkner again challenged. But Westbrook’s defence was resolute and that was how they crossed the line, to rapturous applause from the grandstands.

“That was a really hard race, but very fair,” said Westbrook. “It was tough being in the lead and there was a big moment going into the chicane. Damien’s really sorted his car out!” he added. “At least we kept Richard honest this time and it’s very encouraging for the team,” said Faulkner.

Harvey (Team RPM) claimed third, but had to shake off a determined Jason Young (Red Line Racing), who was on a real charge and re-passed Harvey in the early laps. Eventually Harvey made good his escape, but by then the leaders were out of his reach.

Having run third until Harvey battled ahead, Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) then had to fend off Young over the second half of the race to secure fourth, while Steve Clark (Team RPM) wrapped up the top six after Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) slid into the tyre wall at the chicane when trying to wrest fifth place form Young on the final lap. Though winded by the impact, Shanly was able to wave to the appreciative crowd as he got out of the car. Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) struggled home eighth with mechanical problems behind Jon Barnes (Porsche Cars/Team Autosport).