Knockhill 2007

Hancock takes Carrera Cup pole at Knockhill

Media release: 1 September 2007

Sam Hancock took pole position for round 17 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday 1 September). Hancock claimed his first Carrera Cup pole position as the Motorbase Performance team set the pace in a dramatic session, which ended with the car of championship leader Steven Kane in the tyre barrier.
The battle for pole raged for much of the half-hour qualifying session, with Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing) and Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) setting the pace as drivers used their first set of tyres. Then James Sutton (Red Line Racing) took over at the head of the times, but in the last 10 minutes it was Kane (Motorbase Performance) and finally Hancock at the head of the times.
"The team has given all of us great cars this weekend and I'm thrilled to be on pole," said Hancock. "I do love this track in these cars. Now I've just got to convert pole at the start of the race," he said.
Kane, however, ended the session heavily against the tyre wall as he mounted a last challenge for pole. "It was a pure accident. My foot slipped off the brake pedal. I'd put in a last big push and the car felt good," he said as the Motorbase team set to work on the damaged car. Despite the scale of the accident at Carlube Corner, which left the car sitting on top of the tyre wall, the Porsche stood up extremely well and it should be repaired in time for the afternoon's race.
Sutton was third fastest as just over four-tenths of a second covered the top six cars and was pleased to be right in contention after being a little off the pace in pre-race testing. "Nothing's changed. The car felt as good as yesterday, but the time was there today," said Sutton.
Barnes was fourth fastest, but didn't improve in the later session after damaging the front of his car at Carlube. "The back end stepped round and I clipped the pile of tyres at the apex of the corner," he explained. With damage to the bodywork, he wasn't able to use his second set of new tyres. Fifth was Harvey, who admitted that his tyre strategy didn't work as planned. "I only took two new tyres for the second run and it didn't work out," he said, having been on pole mid-session.
Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) completed the top six, still within half a second of pole position, while a mighty performance from Andy Britnell claimed top spot in pro-am for the first time to make it a perfect result for Motorbase Performance. "The car is the best it's ever been and that makes it easier," said Britnell, who was 13-hundredths of a second ahead of Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing), while Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was within three-tenths of Britnell's best. "I didn't go any quicker on my second set of tyres, but I'm pleased to be up there," said Bateman, as Jeremy Metcalfe rounded out the top 10 in the Porsche Motorsport entry. "They are really fun to drive and I'm getting quicker every time I go out," said Metcalfe on his debut in the Carrera Cup.

Hancock wins in Carrera Cup at Knockhill

Media release: 1 September 2007

Sam Hancock scored his debut championship win in round 17 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Saturday 1 September). In a dramatic race, Steven Kane retired on the opening lap and fifth place was enough to put James Sutton into the championship lead, while second place has moved Tim Harvey firmly into contention for the title with three races to run.
The action started at the first corner as Motorbase Performance team mates Hancock and Kane ran side by side. Hancock had the inside line and Kane slid wide across the gravel. Kane's car bounced into the air, which damaged its radiator, and then came back onto the track in front of Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing). Barnes had to take to the grass on the right and in the confusion Sutton (Red Line Racing) ran wide onto the grass at the next corner.
The result of this was a healthy first lap lead for Hancock as Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) dived through to second from Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing), Barnes and Sutton. However, both Caine and Barnes had problems. Caine had briefly followed Kane towards the chicane and collected a screen full of coolant, which left his struggling for visibility, while Barnes had lost his front splitter and was struggling with understeer. Kane, however, headed for the pits to retire and suffer a major blow to his championship hopes.
Up front, Hancock had no such problems and took his lead out to around six seconds as Harvey challenged Caine. "When the sun came out I couldn't see a thing," said Caine. "I had the sun in my eyes along to Carlube and it was like having a blanket over the screen. When the sun went in, it was okay." Struggling to see his braking point on lap 13 at Carlube, Caine ceded the place to Harvey, realizing that following Harvey would make it easier to see the line.
Once through to second, Harvey chased Hancock and brought the gap down to under four seconds, but Hancock was not to be denied his first Carrera Cup win. "I've been working towards this all year," said Hancock. "That's a great sense of relief!" Harvey, too, was delighted with a result that has pushed him right back into the title race. "I had a very good race. This championship has a habit of turning around and it's all to play for."
Caine completed the podium, while Barnes and Sutton ran fourth and fifth to the flag. Knowing that Kane was out, Sutton opted to make certain of a strong finish rather than launch an attack on Barnes and it was a result that takes him to the top of the points. Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) led pro-am from the start after making a great getaway, and lost his challenger when Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) went out with a broken driveshaft. However, up to Britnell came Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) after battling ahead of Jeremy Metcalfe (Porsche Motorsport).
Britnell was struggling at the hairpin after an inadvertent bump from Rice in the first corner confusion. That bent the exhaust tail pipe on Britnell's car. "It wouldn't pull out of the hairpin in second, I was having to go down to first gear." Bateman saw his chance and pulled off a superb move to cut inside Britnell on the ext of the hairpin and out-drag him up the hill. "Charles drove a nice clean race," said Britnell as Colin Willmott (Willmott Racing) joined them on the pro-am podium. "I knew Andy wouldn't let me go down the inside of him under braking, he's too wily for that," said Bateman after his second pro-am win.

Harvey takes Carrera Cup round 18 at Knockhill

Media release: 2 September 2007

Tim Harvey moved strongly back into contention for the title with victory in round 18 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday 2 September). While Steven Kane's nightmare weekend continued, Harvey closed to within 10 points of new championship leader James Sutton to set up a dramatic finale at Thruxton in October.
Kane's race was over before it started when a driveshaft broke on the green flag lap. He toured into the pits, having failed to complete a racing lap in two races. "It's terrible," said Kane of his weekend. "The championship is over for me."
Kane's Motorbase Performance team mate Sam Hancock started from pole, but too much wheelspin allowed Harvey (Red Line Racing) to grab the lead and this pair quickly edged clear of the pack. After 10 laps, Hancock was starting to build the pressure on Harvey when he picked up a front puncture and was forced into the pits for a wheel change. "I was really relaxed and I was biding my time. I think I had the pace to get by," said Hancock, who rejoined to finish ninth and earn the 'RAC driver of the weekend' award after his debut Carrera Cup win the previous day.
Now Harvey was away and clear and drove a carefully measured race to win and put himself firmly in contention for the title. "It was a perfect race, but when you've got a five-second lead it's pretty straightforward. I was just worried about punctures all the way through."
Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) led the chase of Harvey, as Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing) and James Sutton (Red Line Racing) took third and fourth. "It kept kicking out of gear when I took big air over the kerbs at Duffus Dip," said Caine, but he was able to keep Barnes and Sutton at bay. In taking a carefully controlled fourth, Sutton leaves Knockhill with a 10-point championship lead over Harvey.
A mighty fifth place, and pro-am victory, went to Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) after fending off a persistent challenge from Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing). "I got a brilliant start to get ahead of Charles and the car's grip through the race was spot on," said Britnell. For their work in rebuilding Kane's car after accident in qualifying and wins for Hancock and Britnell over the weekend, Motorbase Performance earned the 'RAC team of the weekend' award.
Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) chased Britnell and Bateman race-long, but could not quite get on terms as he maintained the pro-am championship lead with third place in pro-am, while Jeremy Metcalfe claimed eighth overall ahead of Hancock in the Porsche Motorsport entry.