Brands Hatch (Indy) 2007

Harvey Storms to Carrera Cup Pole

Media release: 31 March 2007

With the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap of Brands Hatch, Tim Harvey stormed to pole position for the opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB today (Saturday 31 March). After terrible conditions in pre-race testing on Friday, the weather was bright and dry for the half-hour qualifying session.
 
With a tremendous run in qualifying, Harvey (Red Line Racing) dominated the session and was four-tenths clear of the pack. "That's quite good," he said with a smile. "I'm very pleased. We wanted to be on the front row and we're now leading the championship!" The point for pole position means that Harvey leads the points' table ahead of the opening race later this afternoon.
 
Behind Harvey, a gaggle of cars were very evenly matched as seven-tenths of a second covered the next nine cars. Leading the chase of Harvey was Steven Kane (Motorbase Performance). "That's my first time in the dry with the car, so I'm happy with the job I've done. I know there is more to come," said the former F3 ace.
 
Almost matching Kane's time was James Sutton (Red Line Racing), who was an impressive third fastest ahead of his Carrera Cup debut. "That's pretty good and it's where we wanted to be. I'm pleased to be up with Steven Kane," said fellow single-seater convert Sutton. Fourth fastest was Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing). "We'd like to be a bit closer to Tim," admitted Caine of his former team mate.
 
Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance) was fifth fastest, but troubled by a handling problem. "There is a small thing making a massive difference. I know we can go quicker than that," he said. Completing the top six, and hampered by the very wet conditions during Friday's testing, was James Pickford in his first race weekend with QME Sport.
 
Topping the pro-am category in a fine seventh place was Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing). A big late effort catapulted him ahead of Jon Barnes (Porsche Motorsport) and Rob Collard (Team Parker Racing) and put Rice clear in the pro-am category. "That was the plan. I had another go on my new tyres as I knew there was plenty of time to go in the session," he said.
 
Second in pro-am was Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance), who had just moved to the top of the pro-am times when Rice put in his best lap. "Nigel found a monster lap," admitted Britnell. "There was a terrible lack of grip to begin with," he added. Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was third in pro-am in a car borrowed for the weekend after his own car was damaged in testing, ahead of David Ashburn (Trackspeed) and Pete Osborne (Team O).

Harvey romps to Carrera Cup victory

Media release: 1 April 2007

Tim Harvey swept to a commanding victory in the opening round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Saturday 31 March). While his rivals battled mightily for the other podium places, Harvey (Red Line Racing) dominated the race to lead from start to finish and take one of the biggest winning margins in Carrera Cup GB history.
 
Harvey got the lead off the line, defended through the first few corners and was then able to pull steadily away as the battling for second place held his rivals up. But such was Harvey's pace, that he would have gone clear any way, and he built his lead to 10 seconds over the first half of the race. "It was straightforward," said Tim. "I did some good laps early on to build a lead and then just kept concentration over the second half of the race." However, he was fortunate to finish as a rear tyre picked up a puncture right at the end and the tyre went flat as the car stood in parc ferme after the race.
 
All the action in an absorbing race was behind Harvey. A brilliant start catapulted James Pickford (QME Sport) into second place from sixth on the grid. Out of Clearways on the opening lap he got a run on Steven Kane (Motorbase Performance) and squeezed through to second. "James came up the inside of me and I didn't see him," admitted Kane after the cars touched briefly.
 
However, the result of that contact was that Pickford had damage to his front suspension and though he fought hard to hold on to second place, it was soon clear that he was struggling for pace. Behind him ran James Sutton (Red Line Racing), who had followed through at the expense of Kane as well as Kane and Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing). Caine had been forced wide at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap and was now fighting to recover lost ground.

This quartet ran nose to tail for lap after lap, with Pickford using all his experience to hold on. But with a flat-spotted front tyre, he eventually could keep them back no longer and on lap 28 Sutton dived ahead at Paddock, quickly followed by Caine, who had passed Kane a lap earlier. Over the closing laps, while Pickford plummeted down the order, Sutton had to work hard to fend off Caine and make it a one-two for Red Line Racing. "I haven't driven so hard for so long," said Sutton after a fine result. "It was very demanding, but I couldn't have asked for a better result."  Caine was a slightly frustrated third; believing that being edged out on the first lap cost him a chance of second.
 
Kane took fourth under pressure from Jon Barnes (Porsche Motorsport). "My car was good at the end of the race and I'm happy with the result," said Kane. Barnes, meanwhile, drove an impressive race to battle up the order into fifth. A typically determined drive from Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) netted sixth overall and best of the pro-am category. For many laps he had Barnes and Rob Collard (Team Parker Racing) as constant challengers. "I was thinking points, points, points all the time," said Rice. Pickford dropped to ninth behind Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance), while Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) and Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) completed the podium in the pro-am category.

Harvey Takes Carrera Cup Double

Media release: 1 April 2007

Tim Harvey got his season off to a perfect start by completing a weekend double with victory in round two of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 1 April).
 
Having dominated the opening round on Saturday, Harvey (Red Line Racing) won again with another faultless performance. However, the pack was far closer this time and after 34 laps, Harvey's winning margin was less than two and a half seconds. "They were a lot closer than yesterday and I kept up a better pace," said Harvey. "This is a perfect start to the championship and Red Line Racing has done a fantastic job with the car." For their weekend's success, the Red Line squad was confirmed as RAC 'team of the weekend'.
 
Behind Harvey, four cars ran the whole race in very close formation, with excellent starts from Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) and Jon Barnes (Porsche Motorsport) catapulting them ahead of James Sutton (Red Line Racing) on the rush to the first corner. With Steven Kane (Motorbase Performance) going with them, this quartet was never more than a few yards apart and after 34 laps they were covered by less than a second. "We came here knowing we'd got a little bit to find," said Caine. "So two podiums is okay, but Tim has been in a class of his own round here and we've got to catch him."
 
Barnes was elated to clinch third, having chased Caine every inch of the race. "I got an absolute rocket start and I'm ecstatic to finish third. You have to concentrate so hard at every corner." Sutton was left to rue losing two places at the start, but ran right with Caine and Barnes. "It's been a good way to start in Carrera Cup," said Sutton. Kane chased them throughout and in the early laps Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance) went after the quartet, before dropping back a little in sixth.
 
Seventh place and the lead of the pro-am category provided plenty of interest as James Pickford (QME Sport) headed pro-am contenders Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) and Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance). Rice was soon attacking Pickford and launched a bold attack around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend. The cars ran side-by-side all the way to Druids, but Rice ran wide on the exit of Druids and Britnell dived through. A couple of laps later Britnell worked ahead of the struggling Pickford into Paddock and Rice quickly followed through.

Now it was Britnell against Rice to the flag and Britnell hung on tenaciously, despite constant challenges from Rice. "That was good fun," said Britnell. "Nigel put up a good fight and it's nice to win on home ground with a lot of guests here." Rice completed a fine weekend with second in pro-am. "Pickford cost me the win, but I can't really hold that against him." Rice was also named RAC 'driver of the weekend' for his efforts as Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) again completed the pro-am podium.