Snetterton 2008

Hancock and Harvey take poles at Snetterton

Media release: 12 July 2008

Sam Hancock and Tim Harvey shared the pole positions at Snetterton today (Saturday 12 July) in qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. After a superbly competitive session, Hancock took pole for round 11, while Harvey will start round 12 from pole. In pro-am1 Nigel Rice headed the times, as Glynn Geddie topped the very competitive pro-am2 category.

With an excellent total of 18 cars on track, qualifying was very busy and several leading drivers missed out on good laps after catching slower cars. Among them was Harvey, who reckoned that he could have broken into the 1m7s bracket with a clear lap. However, topping the overall times was Hancock (Jota Sport) with a best lap of 1m08.126s. "I felt on it right from the out lap; the car was working really well," said Hancock.

An impressive second fastest for round 11 was Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing), with his best qualifying performance to date. "It said 8.1s on the dash and I thought we had pole," said Bateman, who was just four-hundredths of a second away from pole. Right in contention in third, and running superbly well on his Carrera Cup debut, was teenager Jake Rosenzweig (Team Parker Racing) and his best lap was 15-thousandths off Bateman's best.

As four tenths of a second covered the top six cars, Harvey (Red Line Racing) was fourth fastest for round 11. "We had a car to take pole, but I hit traffic," said Harvey. "The car was perfect." Fifth and sixth, but disappointed not to be higher up the order, were Tim Bridgman and Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing). "I've got a really consistent car; I just couldn't get any more out of the tyres," said Bridgman.

The order was shuffled for round 12 once each driver's second best time was used, and the order will be Harvey on pole from Rosenzweig, Bridgman, Hancock, Caine and Bateman.

Rice topped the pro-am1 times for both races, despite a spin at the Esses. "Trying too hard early on," he said as Jack Clarke (PCGB) and Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) led the pursuit. For round 12, Gilham will start ahead of Clarke after a strong qualifying performance. "I still feel we can go quicker," said Gilham after another step forward.

In pro-am2, Geddie (Parr Motorsport) set a fierce pace, but was chased hard by team mate Steve Rance and Graeme Mundy (RSS Performance). "The car's running better now," said Geddie after electrical problems during testing. Rance, meanwhile, was pleased to break into the 1m9s bracket. "I've got some fresh tyres for tomorrow," he said.

Harvey wins in style at Snetterton

Media release: 13 July 2008

Tim Harvey scored an emphatic victory in round 11 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Sunday 13 July) as his title rivals Michael Caine and Tim Bridgman both hit trouble.

While Caine battled home fifth without the front splitter on his car, Bridgman spun down to eleventh place. In pro-am1 Nigel Rice turned in a great performance to win, while Glynn Geddie topped the pro-am2 category with a sensational fourth place overall.

Harvey (Red Line Racing) made a great start to jump into second behind Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) on the opening lap and was soon challenging for the lead. Hancock knew he did not have the pace to contain Harvey and down to the Esses for the fifth time, Harvey edged ahead. Once through, Harvey was able to stretch clear and win in commanding style. "The car was great and it had the pace," said Harvey after an important result for his championship bid. "You can't afford to race conservatively in this championship as you'll finish seventh."

Hancock came under increasing pressure from Team Parker Racing team mates Charles Bateman and Bridgman, but on lap 13 the chasers touched and spun at Coram. "I was trying to find a way through, and Charles was held up with a backmarker so we went three wide into Coram," said Bridgman. Bateman was denied an overall podium after a tremendous performance and rejoined to finish ninth, while Bridgman eventually took eleventh after a pit stop to check for damage.

Phil Quaife came through to third behind his Jota Sport team mate Hancock. "The car wasn't quite right," said Hancock. "Tim was quicker, but I caught a backmarker at Sear and that made me slow onto the straight," said Hancock. Quaife was pleased to make it a double podium for Jota Sport, while Geddie (Parr Motorsport) moved up to a tremendous fourth overall and pro-am2 victory. "That was good; no problems at all," said Geddie.

Caine (Team Parker Racing), meanwhile, had a torrid race after running onto the grass on the first lap to avoid his spinning team mate Jake Rosenzweig at Sear. The trip over the grass knocked the front splitter off his car and left Caine struggling with very poor handling. "That was a very long race," he said after taking fifth, fending off Rice (Red Line Racing) in the process. "The team showed me the 'cool' board," said Rice, as he elected to make certain of pro-am1 victory rather than try and attack Caine.

Into seventh came Jack Clarke (PCGB) with a fine drive after starting at the back of the grid due to a tyre change before the race, while Rosenzweig and Bateman recovered for eighth and ninth, with Andy Neate (Red Line Racing) tenth.

After a first lap spin, Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) battled back into second in pro-am1, only to be forced out with a detached hose, so Neate completed the pro-am1 podium with Rice and Clarke. In pro-am2, Steve Rance (Parr Motorsport) came back from an early spin to take second from George Mackintosh (RSS Performance).

Harvey completes Snetterton double

Media release: 13 July 2008

Tim Harvey completed a near-perfect weekend with another victory in round 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today (Sunday 13 July), and as a result moved level with Michael Caine at the head of the championship standings.

In an action-packed race, Tony Gilham came through to win pro-am1, while Graeme Mundy completed his debut weekend in the Carrera Cup with victory in pro-am2. Harvey's unstoppable form earned him the driver of the weekend award, while RSS Performance won the team of the weekend award.

Harvey (Red Line Racing) bagged the lead off the line as the fast-starting Tim Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) leapt into second place from Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) and Sam Hancock (Jota Sport). However, into Riches for the second time there was contact and Bateman spun off into the tyre wall. Hancock was later penalised three championship points over the incident.

A four-lap safety car period followed and from the restart it was Harvey and Bridgman soon edging away from Caine (Team Parker Racing), Jake Rosenzweig (Team Parker Racing) and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing). Bridgman maintained a relentless pressure on Harvey, but with Harvey getting better drive out of Sear onto the main straight, Bridgman was never able to attack for the lead and, following another safety car period, Harvey completed a tremendous weekend double.

"Not bad for an old bloke," joked Harvey as he climbed out of the car. "Tim put me under a lot of pressure and he's a lot younger than me!" "Top marks to Tim," countered Bridgman. "I was hungry for the win," added the runner-up. Caine couldn't quite match the pace of the two leaders, but bagged third to retain shared championship lead with Harvey.

Rosenzweig shadowed Caine for many laps, but it was Hancock - delayed in the incident with Bateman - who dived through to fourth from Rosenzweig in the closing laps. Rice had run with them for most of the race, but spun into retirement at Riches as the race re-started for the second time. In avoiding Rice, Steve Rance (Parr Motorsport) and Gilham (ReDesign Racing) both had to spin as well. Rice was out of the race, but Gilham rejoined to win the pro-am1 category.

Out mid-race went Glynn Geddie (Parr Motorsport) with a puncture after a big battle with Jack Clarke (PCGB) and the slow-starting Phil Quaife (Jota Sport). A tangle at Russell put Clarke out and sent Quaife to the pits for a tyre change. Quaife rejoined to finish seventh.

Into a great sixth overall came Mundy (RSS Performance) and winner of the pro-am2 category from Rance and George Mackintosh (RSS Performance). "I'm more chuffed that we've won the team award," said Mundy after the team worked hard on both cars between races.