Silverstone 2006

Watts takes Carrera Cup pole at Silverstone

Media release: 14 October 2006

Danny Watts swept to pole position for round 19 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Saturday, 14 October), but with only a quarter of a second covering the top five cars, the stage is set for a tremendous race later in the afternoon.
Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line) jumped to the top of the times to depose Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS), after Templeman had held the top slot for much of the session. "It just turned around from testing yesterday," said Templeman of his time, which he achieved after only seven laps. "I've got a good set of tyres for the race," he added after his best qualifying run of the season.
Only 31-thousandths of a second covered the top three cars as James Pickford (IN2RACING) almost matched the times of Watts and Templeman. The situation might have changed in the final five minutes, but a spin into the gravel at Woodcote by Mike Richards (IN2RACING) caused the session to be halted early. Richards just got a wheel onto the grass on the exit of Luffield and spun to a halt in the gravel, without any damage to the car. In all, the top 13 drivers lapped inside the existing lap record.
Newly crowned champion Damien Faulkner (Team Parker with SAS) was disappointed to qualify fourth, but was only 16-hundredths of a second away from pole. "There was nothing more I could have done," reckoned Damien. Just behind Faulkner were three cars from Motorbase Performance, as Tim Harvey, Michael Caine and Phil Quaife all qualified strongly. "I'm a bit disappointed, really," said Harvey. "A bit of traffic, then a yellow flag, then a red flag! You just needed to be a bit lucky to get a clear lap," he said.
The times were just as close in the pro-am category, with Quaife, Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing) and Carrera Cup newcomer Andy Demetriou (Team 9 Motorsport covered by a tenth of a second. However, Quaife's qualifying times were later disallowed for a flag infringement and so he will start the race from the back of the grid.
Right in touch with the top pro-am cars were Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) and Andy Purdie (RH Motorsport with Paragon), as Richard Williams (IN2RACING) completed the top 12.
Further back, Vicki Butler-Henderson continued to learn about the latest Carrera Cup car as she drove the Vertu-backed VIP car. "They've all instantly become my heroes," she said of the Carrera Cup drivers, having pushed very hard just to stay in touch with the rest of the pack.

Pickford takes Carrera Cup win at Silverstone

Media release: 14 October 2006

James Pickford scored his debut victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Saturday, 14 October) with a stunning drive that also delivered the first championship race win for IN2RACING.
Meanwhile, second place for Tim Harvey (Motorbase Performance) was enough to clinch second for him in the championship standings, and a tremendous drive from Andy Purdie (RH Motorsport) won the pro-am category victory for round 19.
Pickford didn't make the best of starts and slotted into sixth place on the opening lap. However, a mighty start from Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS) catapulted him into the lead from Danny Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line). Into Brooklands for the second time, Watts dived down the inside into the lead, but ran wide and spun into the gravel. Templeman was forced to spin in avoidance and dropped to twelfth place. "He spun in front of me and I had nowhere to go," said Templeman.
That set Harvey into the lead with Damien Faulkner (Team Parker with SAS) chasing, but all the time Pickford was moving up the order and soon deposed Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) for third place. By lap 10, Pickford was pressurising Faulkner, but it was another five laps before the IN2RACING car moved into second. Four laps later, Pickford got a run on Harvey out of Copse and moved ahead into Becketts. "There was no way I was going to risk anything with James," said Harvey, who knew that second place in the championship was now firmly in his grasp.
Once ahead, Pickford extended his lead to score an impressive win. "The car was fantastic," he said. "It's been a real team effort and the team has worked so hard. I've just done the job I was brought in to do," he added. Harvey, meanwhile, was delighted to take second and secure the championship runner-up position. Faulkner chased Harvey home, but was less happy and accepted that he did not have the pace to finish higher. "Clearly we have to find some pace. They had way more pace than I had," he said.
Caine had a relatively lonely race to fourth, while Purdie stormed through to fifth overall and pro-am victory at the expense of Mike Richards (IN2RACING). "I'm just so happy with that; it was such hard work," said an elated Purdie. "Mike ran wide into Luffield and I managed to squeeze up the inside. But once I was in front it was even harder work!" Richards had moved up very well with an excellent start and battled for many laps to fend off Purdie. "I had him pegged for a while, but I was struggling at the end," said Richards.
Richard Williams (IN2RACING) took seventh, while Andy Demetriou (Tech 9 Motorsport) fended off the recovering Templeman and Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing) for eighth and the final place on the pro-am podium. Edwards had recovered well from a first lap spin, while Phil Quaife (Motorbase Performance) worked through to eleventh after starting at the back of the grid.

Harvey wins Carrera Cup final at Silverstone

Media release: 15 October 2006

Tim Harvey ended the season with a fine victory in round 20 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Sunday, 15 October), winning under tremendous pressure from Damien Faulkner. Meanwhile, Phil Quaife won the pro-am category to wrap up a great season.
Harvey (Motorbase Performance) got the best start to beat poleman James Pickford (IN2RACING) into Copse as Faulkner (Team Parker with SAS) slotted into third. Pickford was soon on the attack, but Harvey stood his ground and on lap seven the cars touched at Luffield. Pickford went out with a damaged radiator, while Harvey escaped with a damaged rear panel, but now had Faulkner and Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) in his wheel tracks.
For the next 20 laps, Harvey used all his experience and racecraft to defend his lead, never giving Faulkner any opportunity. While he tracked Harvey, Faulkner also had to watch his mirrors as Caine was always well in touch. Lap by lap Faulkner tried to find an opening, but Harvey drove a masterful race to win by a fifth of a second after 28 neck and neck laps. "It was very hard fought," admitted Harvey. "I wanted to do it for the team and I knew that James Pickford was the biggest threat."
Faulkner made it 19 podium finishes from 20 races in 2006. "Pickford was clearly faster than me, but the car was better today and it's nice to finish the season with a good race. Team Parker Racing has done a fine job all season."
Caine, meanwhile, shadowed Faulkner to the flag in third. "I did think that Tim and Damien might get together and I'd be through," said Caine. But his chance never came, and he finished the race third as Danny Watts (Team IRWIN with Red Line) battled through from the back of the grid to take fourth from Richard Williams (IN2RACING) on the penultimate lap.
"I couldn't have asked for more today. We definitely had the pace to run at the front, but I made it hard for myself yesterday," admitted Watts, who had spun into the gravel on Saturday while battling for the lead. Williams, too, had a good race to complete his record of being the only driver to score points in all 20 races this season. For many laps he had battled to close the small gap to the three leaders and almost succeeded. "Once that gap opens up, it's very hard to get back up to them," he reported.
Jason Templeman (Team Parker with SAS) fought through to sixth, while Quaife (Motorbase Performance) claimed a fine pro-am victory in seventh overall. "I got a really good start and pushed hard," said Quaife after his tenth pro-am win of the season. In his wake, Sam Edwards (Team Parker Racing) and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) completed the pro-am podium, with Rice holding off a late challenge from Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance). "I needed to finish well to make sure of second in the pro-am category," said Rice.