Snettereton 2007

Harvey takes Carrera Cup pole at Snetterton

Media release: 28 July 2007

Tim Harvey set a scorching pace to take pole position during qualifying for round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Saturday 28 July). In ideal early morning conditions, Harvey took pole with a lap in 1m07.841s as three-tenths of a second covered the top five cars.
 
Harvey (Red Line Racing) did two laps good enough for pole as the Carrera Cup cars set their fastest ever qualifying times at Snetterton. In all, the top nine cars lapped beneath the year-old lap record, and Harvey was nearly half a second inside the 2006 pole time set by Danny Watts.
 
"I've been very confident coming here and I was very fired up for qualifying," said Harvey. "But there are five or six guys who can win this weekend; this is the toughest year I've experienced in the Carrera Cup," he added. Leading the chase of Harvey and also breaking the 1m08s barrier was Steven Kane (Motorbase Performance), who was just a tenth of a second slower than Harvey. "I probably didn't make the best of the track early on, but it's not that far away," said the championship leader.
 
Third fastest went to Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing). "We do need to find a little bit more. You've got to drive so hard to finish even third," said Caine, who was 15-hundredths ahead of Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance). "We're looking for that last couple of tenths and I'm not sure where they are," said Sam.
 
James Sutton (Red Line Racing) was fifth and acknowledged that there was a little more time to come. "I probably didn't string quite a good enough lap together," he said. "I've just got to try and finish on the podium," he said of his pursuit of Kane in the championship battle. Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing) completed the top six, well in touch with the leading pack as he continues his excellent showing, while Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) topped the pro-am category in seventh overall.
 
"I didn't get the best out of the second set of tyres and I could have gone quicker," said Rice. But his pace was still good enough to top the pro-ams by a fifth of a second from Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing). With a flying last lap, Bateman edged Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) back to third place in the category. "It was a good lap; the quickest I've done here yet," said Bateman. Steve Clark (Team RPM) and Pete Osborne (Team O) also broke the 1m10s barrier, while Ian White was 12th quickest in the Porsche Motorsport entry.

Harvey takes Carrera Cup win at Snetterton

Media release: 28 July 2007

Tim Harvey scored a superb victory in round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Saturday 28 July). Despite constant pressure from Steven Kane and Michael Caine, Harvey didn't put a wheel wrong as he took his third win of 2007.
 
The race was run at a tremendous pace, and the top five drivers were on the limit lap after lap. Even at the end of the race, less than four seconds covered five cars as Harvey headed Kane, Caine, Sam Hancock and James Sutton. But with the cars so evenly matched, overtaking would never be easy as Harvey led from the start.
 
It was mid-race before Harvey (Red Line Racing) could establish any margin over Kane and even by half-distance the lead gap was only a second. But into the second half of the race, Harvey managed to edge clear by another half second before Kane (Motorbase Performance) brought the gap back to less than a second at the flag. "That's what I've been looking for since the start of the year," said Harvey after a mighty victory. "The top six are really on it, so I'm pleased to beat them fair and square."
 
Kane, however, was really feeling the effect of illness and bravely finished the race despite feeling very groggy over the final laps. "The first six laps I was flying, then I went over a kerb and lost the splitter. After that I had understeer from hell!" Mid-race, Kane came under great pressure from Caine (Team Parker Racing). However, when Caine attacked at the Esses he ended up losing ground to Kane and, in turn, quickly came under pressure from Hancock (Motorbase Performance).
 
Hancock had been behind Sutton (Red Line Racing) on the opening lap, but a big move into Riches going into the second lap put Hancock fourth and he ran much of the race on the tail of Caine. "Everyone's cars went off in different ways as the race progressed, and I had understeer that stayed to the end of the race," said Hancock. While trying to challenge Caine, Hancock also had to be careful not to give Sutton the chance to make a move. "It's just been hard work," admitted Sutton. "The car doesn't feel as good as it normally does."
 
Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing) led the chase of the leading quintet, but lost a little ground when trying to challenge Sutton on the second lap. He then ran a secure sixth until a broken gear lever forced him out with two laps to run.
 
Having led the pro-am battle from the start, Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) moved up to sixth place, although he eased his pace in the last two laps and allowed Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) to close in. Britnell had lost touch with Rice on the opening lap when Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) went off at the Esses. "He came across the grass and nearly hit me and I had to come right off the throttle," said Britnell. Once the gap to Rice was established, it stayed at around four seconds for much of the race.
 
With Bateman delayed, Pete Osborne (Team O) went through to take third in pro-am as Bateman battled back to fourth from Steve Clark (Team RPM) and guest racer Ian White (Porsche Motorsport).

Harvey completes Carrera Cup double at Snetterton

Media release: 29 July 2007

Tim Harvey completed a perfect weekend at Snetterton when he won round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB today (Sunday 29 July). With pole position and two race wins, it was a fine weekend for Harvey and Red Line Racing.
 
"We've found a problem with the dampers on the car that has hurt us in recent weekends, so it's great to come back and win twice this weekend," said Harvey. "I'm just aiming for more race wins over the rest of the season now," he added.
 
Harvey got away well from pole to take an immediate lead from Steven Kane (Motorbase Performance) and as early as the second lap Kane was struggling to match Harvey's pace. "I lost the splitter through the chicane on the second lap and after that I was just hanging on, with big understeer everywhere," said Kane.
 
He soon came under attack from the chasing pack and it was Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance) who starred by fighting through to second. First he bravely dived ahead of Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) round the outside into Riches, then edged ahead of Kane two laps later to take second. However, Harvey had already gone clear and Hancock was never able to close the gap to the race leader. For his double win, Harvey was confirmed as 'RAC driver of the weekend', while the Red Line Racing team was awarded the 'RAC team of the weekend' award.
 
Hancock, too, drove a fine race to score his best Carrera Cup result to date in second. "That felt like a long race," said Sam. "It's absolutely fantastic and I really owe this result to the Motorbase team." Caine was the next to dive ahead of Kane and grabbed third at Russell on lap five and as the leading trio pulled clear, Kane was having all sorts of problems keeping his pursuers at bay.
 
James Sutton (Red Line Racing) and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) were climbing all over the back of Kane's car as the championship leader battled to hold on to fourth place. Meanwhile, Jon Barnes (Team Parker Racing) had charged through from the back of the grid and made it a four-way battle. Sutton tried all ways to depose Kane, but could never quite make a decisive move and even dropped behind Barnes at one point after losing momentum while attacking Kane at Russell. However, with his tyres fading, Barnes could not hold fifth and Sutton re-took the place after some tremendous dicing.
 
"It was great to be battling with Steven and James, but I had big oversteer for the last five laps," said Barnes. Rice, meanwhile, was right with the battle for fourth as he claimed pro-am spoils. "That was great fun; I had the best view of the action," said Rice. Second in pro-am went to Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance), but only after he withstood immense pressure from Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) for much of the race. "I really had to work for that," said Britnell. "He was mega on the brakes into the Esses."