Mondello Park 2006

Faulkner Tops Carrera Cup Qualifying

Media release: 22 April 2006

Damien Faulkner claimed a commanding pole position for round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Mondello Park today (Saturday, 22 April).

Faulkner's first flying lap of the session was the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap of the Irish track and by the end of qualifying he still had an advantage of 0.341s over the rest of the pack. "That was just out of the box, the car was so good," reported Faulkner (Team Parker Racing). "I didn't want to put too many laps on the car," he added after running less than laps than anyone else in qualifying. "I believe we were on a quicker lap at the end," he said, but a minor spin into the gravel at Turn 7A ended that run right at the end of qualifying.

Second fastest went to Danny Watts (Red Line Racing), but his session was affected by an early red flag after David Ashburn (Trackspeed) spun. "That was a messy session for us and my best lap wasn't particularly great," said Watts .""I'm glad to be on P2, it could easily have been worse!"

Motorbase Performance claimed third and fourth places on the grid, with Tim Harvey a fifth of a second ahead of Michael Caine. "I'm reasonably happy, but Damien's got some advantage here," said Harvey .

Another driver to lose out to the red flag was Michael Devaney (Porsche Cars GB). "We were messed up big time by the red flag and didn't get the peak out of our tyres," said the Dubliner after qualifying fifth. Rounding out the top six was Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing), while Richard Williams (IN2RACING) was seventh fastest.

Heading the pro-am category in eighth overall was Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing), who has switched to the pro-am category from the Mondello weekend onwards. "It's my first time at Mondello, so that's pretty good. I always race better than I qualify," said Edwards. Chasing Edwards in the pro-am category were Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance) and Jason Young (Red Line Racing).

Also running in the qualifying session was Tim Sugden, who was a last-minute nomination to race for IN2RACING in the second race of the weekend. Sugden will take over Paul Hogarth's 'Keep On Driving' backed car while Hogarth has a family commitment, and took part in qualifying in the team's spare car to get some laps in. Despite not sitting in the car until the start of the session, he posted the fifth best time in qualifying. He will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

Faulkner Dominates Carrera Cup at Mondello

Media release: 22 April 2006

Damien Faulkner scored a resounding victory in an action-packed round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Mondello Park today (Saturday, 22 April).

Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) twice had to cope with re-starts as two safety car periods interrupted the race. However, having led from the start, Faulkner was never going to lessen his grip on the lead and he was able to quickly re-assert himself after the safety car periods. "Mondello has always been good to me and it's great to come back here and do well," said Faulkner after a commanding performance. "The car was fantastic."

Tim Harvey (Motorbase Performance) led the chase of Faulkner, after a brush with Danny Watts (Red Line Racing) on the charge to the first corner. As Watts ran wide, Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) nipped through into third and settled in behind his team mate.

With Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) spinning out of fifth, Watts now concentrated on attacking Caine for third. Into the last corner for the eighth time, Watts dived for the inside and the cars touched, with Caine sliding off into the gravel. "He was two or three car's lengths behind and all of a sudden he sledged into the side of me," said Caine. "I dived down the inside and he tried turning in," countered Watts .

While Faulkner and Harvey swept to the top two places, and Watts limped into retirement with suspension damage, the battle for third now centred on Richard Williams (IN2RACING) and Michael Devaney (Porsche Cars GB). The place changed twice before Devaney grabbed third with a neat move under braking into turn one.

"I couldn't match Damien's pace," admitted Harvey . "I was right in the middle into the first corner and it's whacked a wheel. I'm just pleased it didn't puncture," explained Harvey. Devaney, meanwhile, claimed a fine third. "You can run a lot closer than you can in single-seaters and the racing was very fair," he said of his first Porsche race. Williams was equally pleased to take the points for third. "It was busy and I had to work for it! It's a great result for me and the team."

Into fifth overall came pro-am category winner Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance) after a fine race, despite pressure in the later stages from Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing). "I'm over the moon," said Quaife. "I can't ask for more." Edwards was less than a second behind after a mature drive, while Nigel Rice and Jason Young were next up for Red Line Racing. Both had battled back into contention after first-lap delays.

Harvey Takes Last Lap Carrera Cup Victory

Media release: 23 April 2006

Tim Harvey claimed a dramatic last lap victory in round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Mondello Park today (Sunday, 23 April).

Harvey swept past race-long leader Damien Faulkner when the Irish ace spun on oil just two corners from the flag. Meanwhile, in another incident-packed race, Phil Quaife completed a pro-am category double to earn the 'driver of the weekend' award.

While Faulkner and Harvey took the top two places at the first corner, various dramas were going on the in pack and the safety car was out after two laps while stricken cars were moved. The early incidents eliminated Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance), Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) and Tim Sugden (IN2RACING), who had all started at the back of the grid.

Up front, Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) started to press home his advantage as Harvey came under pressure from Michael Devaney (Porsche Cars GB). Quaife (Motorbase Performance) held a fine fourth from pro-am rival Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing) as Richard Williams (IN2RACING) recovered from an early incident.

Over the early laps, Harvey was able to match Faulkner's pace, but Devaney was also driving a mighty race to stay in contention. Finally, as the race entered it's middle stages, Faulkner started to edge away and into Turn 7A for the tenth time Devaney dived inside Harvey to take second. "It was a big lunge and I locked up," admitted Devaney, who had now taken the best out of his tyres.

Faulkner pulled further clear as Harvey set about re-challenging Devaney, but charging up from the back of the grid came Danny Watts (Red Line Racing) and he quickly moved onto Harvey's tail. Harvey then moved back into second with a fine move at Ireland and Watts soon edged Devaney back to fourth with a bold move into Lola Corner.

With three laps to go, Watts was attacking Harvey, but Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) had started dropping coolant from a damaged radiator and Watts lost time with a moment on the slippery track. Still Faulkner led, but two corners from the flag he spun on the oil and an incredulous Harvey swept by to win before Faulkner could get going again.

"We saw the coolant on the lap before the last and I couldn't believe it when I saw Damien sitting there desperately trying to get a gear," said Harvey . "I'll buy Nigel Rice some Guinness," joked Harvey after his first win of the season. "I just made a mistake," admitted Faulkner after recovering for second. "The conditions were very, very tricky and there was coolant down all over the place."

Watts and Devaney were third and fourth after fine drives, with Watts grabbing third with yet another fine move into Lola Corner. "I had a fantastic race to get a podium," said Watts.

Quaife had to race very hard for fifth, with Williams and Edwards right on his tail for lap after lap. "My first weekend at Mondello Park and two wins," said a jubilant Quaife.