Knockhill 2006

Harvey takes Carrera Cup pole at Knockhill

Media release: 2 September 2006

Tim Harvey set the pace in tricky conditions to take pole position in qualifying for round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday, 2 September). With just over a second covering the top 10, the stage is set for a thrilling race later in the day.
 
On a wet and slippery track, Harvey headed the times with a fine session for Motorbase Performance to take his second pole of the season by 0.156s from championship leader Damien Faulkner. "The track was drying, and it was probably too dry for wets and not dry enough for slicks. So you had to persevere with the wets," said Harvey after topping the times.
 
"I think Tim caught the conditions just right," said Faulkner (Team Parker with SAS). "But I think we shot our bolt a bit too early in the session," added Faulkner, who took the other front row slot on the grid. Third fastest was series debutant James Pickford, giving IN2RACING it's best qualifying result to date. "It's easier to find the limit in the wet and the team gave me a great car for the conditions," he reported.
 
However, fourth best was less than eight-time race winner Danny Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line) had expected. "Not very good at all, really. The set-up wasn't right for the conditions and I couldn't get the time," said Danny. "It ended up being a test session and I was in and out of the pits."
 
Despite sliding briefly into the gravel at the hairpin, Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS) was fifth fastest from Richard Williams (IN2RACING), while seventh overall was pro-am category leader Andy Purdie (RH Motorsport with Paragon). "We had a pretty good wet set-up for the rain and I just stayed out lap after lap looking for grip," explained Purdie. "I just love the wet and I really enjoyed the session."
 
However, Purdie faces fierce pro-am opposition as Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing) and Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance) both qualified within a tenth of a second of his time. Despite battling with oversteer, Quaife was right in touch in the pro-am category, while Edwards was also impressive on his first weekend at Knockhill.
 
Tenth fastest, only a second away from pole was VIP racer Colin McRae (Porsche Cars GB). "That was a bit frustrating," reported the former World Rally champion. "When you don't know the cars, you don't know where you can push," he said. Destined to start from the very back of the grid was Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) after an engine problem developed just before the start of the session.

Faulkner wins Carrera Cup thriller at Knockhill

Media release: 3 September 2006

Damien Faulkner moved a step closer to retaining his title with victory in a thrilling round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday, 2 September).
 
While Tim Harvey and Michael Caine battled up the field to third and fourth after starting on slicks on a damp track, Faulkner had to fend off series newcomer James Pickford for victory. Meanwhile, a fine drive from Sam Edwards netted pro-am victory.
 
With the track damp but no rain falling, Harvey (Motorbase Performance) dived into the pits from the green flag lap to switch to slicks, sacrificing his pole position in the process. Harvey's team mate Michael Caine, who was due to start from the back of the grid, made the same tyre choice, and both cars joined the race from the pit lane.
 
Up front, Faulkner (Team Parker with SAS) stormed into the lead from Pickford (IN2RACING), with Danny Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line) chasing in third. The leading trio was seldom more than a couple of seconds apart until Watts ran across the grass at Duffus Dip and lost time. It also damaged his car's radiator and Watts was soon forced to retire. "Completely my fault," accepted Watts.
 
Pickford could now concentrate on challenging Faulkner and the gap reduced to only a second mid-race. Meanwhile, Harvey and Caine were pushing as hard as they dared on slick tyres, but made only modest progress over the first half of the race. But by lap 20, the slick tyres were coming into their own, with Harvey up to seventh and Caine eighth as they set the fastest laps of the race.
 
But still Faulkner led from Pickford, with Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS) and Richard Williams (IN2RACING) running third and fourth but being rapidly caught by Harvey and Caine. Now catching Faulkner and Pickford at several seconds a lap, Harvey dived ahead of Templeman for third on lap 30 and Caine snatched fourth on the final lap. But Harvey needed just one more lap before he could have attacked Pickford and Faulkner.
 
"I was driving as fast as I could given the state of the tyres," said Faulkner after his win. "I'm just delighted for the team and the sponsors." Pickford, too, had driven a fine race. "That's a bit of a surprise really, so I'm very happy. I'm glad we got to the end; the tyres are finished!" Harvey crossed the line only five seconds behind Faulkner after an enthralling chase. "I'd rather race from the back on the right tyres. I thoroughly enjoyed the race; every single lap was on the edge. It was a cracking fun race." Caine, too, had run a great race. "It was the right decision from where I was on the grid," he confirmed.
 
Templeman and Williams battled home fifth and sixth on the their rooted tyres, while Edwards (Team Parker Racing) took control of the pro-am category from the start. "I had a really good start, but it was slippery right to the finish." Andy Purdie (RH Motorsport with Paragon) led the chase of Edwards, with Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) completing the pro-am podium.

Harvey wins Carrera Cup at Knockhill

Media release: 3 September 2006

Tim Harvey turned in a superb performance in difficult conditions to win round 16 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday, 3 September). Having gambled on slicks the previous day, Harvey opted for wets as a heavy rainstorm swept across the track and he was able to work ahead of Damien Faulkner for an impressive win.
 
The sudden rainstorm left the field split almost evenly on tyre choice, with Faulkner and Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS) joining Harvey (Motorbase Performance) on slicks, as James Pickford and Richard Williams (IN2RACING) and Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) opting for slicks.
 
But though the track dried slowly through the race, it was wets that proved the right choice as Faulkner, Harvey and Templeman quickly went clear. In the pro-am category, wet tyres for Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing), Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance) and Andy Purdie (RH Motorsport with Paragon) helped them to fill fourth, fifth and sixth places overall.
 
Up front, Harvey was soon challenging Faulkner and battled ahead as they raced past the pits into lap 10. Once ahead, Harvey was able to build his lead and was soon several seconds clear. Such was the advantage of the treaded tyres that Harvey lapped all the drivers who had opted for slicks. "It's good to make up for yesterday," said Harvey. "I felt I should have won that one! From the word go my car was better than Damien's and I knew I'd made the right choice unless we had a safety car."
 
"I was defending at that point and it was better to get out of his way," reckoned Faulkner after finishing a strong second, while Templeman's podium finish was rather overdue. "About time!" he joked after his best result of the season so far.
 
Quaife managed to fight his way ahead of Edwards in pro-am, with Purdie chasing them. However, Edwards' race was to end with a damaged radiator after he slid off on oil, so Quaife won pro-am by nine seconds from Purdie. "Before the race we went wets, slicks, wets, slicks and wets! It paid in my favour," he added. Purdie, meanwhile, claimed the 'driver of the weekend' award for two podium finishes on his Knockhill debut. "I've had a really, really good weekend. Roger Heavens and the guys have given me a great set-up."
 
Of those who struggled home on slicks, sixth overall was Pickford as he headed team mate Williams by 10 seconds after 32 laps of trying to keep 400bhp in check on a very slippery track. Danny Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line), Caine and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) completed the top 10, with Rice taking the final pro-am podium finish. Unfortunately, Colin McRae was destined not to finish in the Porsche Cars GB entry after the car overheated, the probable legacy of a stone puncturing the radiator in Saturday's race.