Brands Hatch (GP) 2009

Bridgman takes double Carrera Cup pole at Brands

Media release: 3 October 2009

Tim Bridgman bagged a double pole position for the final two rounds of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Saturday 3 October 2009). Glynn Geddie took a tremendous third overall for both grids to head pro-am1, while Karl Leonard topped the pro-am2 times.

Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) got the final weekend of his title bid off to a perfect start by taking two poles and, importantly, two more championship points. Next to Bridgman on both grids will be fellow title contender James Sutton (Red Line Racing) while championship leader Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) faces a tough race day starting with fourth and fifth places on the two grids.

"That's perfect," said Bridgman. "Job done and I'm really, really happy. Pole here is very important," he added, after being around three-tenths of a second clear on both grids. Sutton, meanwhile, was relieved to jump up to second for both races after struggling somewhat on his first set of tyres. "We made a small change before the second run and it just clicked," he reported.

Two third places overall was a great result for Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing), who topped pro-am1 to add two more points to his championship bid. "We sorted out a brake imbalance and it was just a different car today," said Geddie. The fourth and fifth grid slots were shared between Harvey and Tom Bradshaw (Team Parker Racing), as Bradshaw marked his 20th birthday with a very strong run.

"That's not the result I wanted," said Harvey, who lost his best runs to a mix of traffic and red flags. Bradshaw also felt that there was more time to come. "The second red flag came out just as my second set of tyres were coming in," said Tom. Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) was also hurt by the busy track as he bagged a pair of sixth places.

The next three places on the grids were shared between Robert Lawson (JHR), Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) and Lewis Hopkins (Red Line Racing), who were just over a second away from Bridgman's pole time. "I'm relatively pleased with that, but I really needed to be ahead of Glynn Geddie," said Lawson as his one-point pro-am1 lead turned into a one-point deficit when Geddie took both pole position points.

Jackson was disappointed not to get a really good clear lap, while Hopkins ran an excellent session to break the 1m30s barrier, over a second faster than the existing lap record for the Grand Prix circuit.

Despite causing the first red flag after spinning into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend, Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) took both pro-am2 poles from Paul Mace (GT Marques) as Paul Hogarth (IN2Racing) and Glenn McMenamin (Parr Motorsport) shared the third places. "I went off early on my second run; I should have been half a second faster," said Leonard.

Bridgman wins Carrera Cup round 19 at Brands

Media release: 4 October 2009

Tim Bridgman moved a step closer to winning the overall title with a commanding victory in the penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 4 October 2009). Glynn Geddie took a tremendous third overall to strengthen his lead in the pro-am1 title race, while Paul Mace topped the pro-am2 field as Glenn McMenamin clinched the pro-am2 title.

At the head of the race, Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) was peerless and converted pole position into an immediate lead. Twice the safety car was deployed, but both times Bridgman was able to quickly re-assert his authority at the head of the race. He built his lead over James Sutton (Red Line Racing) with some stunningly quick laps and took the championship lead by a single point heading for the final race.

"I'm very, very determined this weekend," said Bridgman. "We haven't done the job yet, but I'm going out to win race two. The team has done a fantastic job and I get the best out of myself under pressure." Sutton always ran second, but had to contend with a gearbox problem as well as a determined challenge from third placed Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing). "I could still get third gear but downshifting into it was difficult. I was also trying to short shift on the way up the 'box," said Sutton.

With a superb drive to hold third overall throughout, Geddie dominated pro-am1 and was even able to challenge Sutton after the second safety car when Sutton's gearbox problem meant he was slow into the re-start. "That was what we needed," said Geddie. "The car was really good."

Fourth, and making it three Team Parker cars in the top four, was Tom Bradshaw with one of his best drives of the season. He had to withstand constant pressure from Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing), but the youngster drove a fine race to fend off the 2008 champion, who now goes into the final race just behind Bridgman and Sutton on points. "That was mega," said a delighted Bradshaw. "But I always had to be on my guard," he added after race-long pressure from Harvey. Right behind Harvey, Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) completed the top six.

The fight for seventh overall and second in pro-am1 included up to five cars and delivered some great racing as Derek Pierce (JHR) fended off his team-mate Robert Lawson, Lewis Hopkins (Red Line Racing), Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) and Michael Leonard (Team Parker Racing). That was how they finished as Pierce and Lawson completed the pro-am1 podium. "That was fantastic," said Pierce. "The best podium of the season!"

Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) made the pro-am2 pace and ran in the battle for seventh, before spinning into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend. Instead, Paul Mace (GT Marques) moved ahead for an excellent pro-am2 win. "The first lap was pretty hectic and I was pleased to run with the pro-am1 cars," said Mace. Paul Hogarth (IN2Racing) ran a secure second, but third in pro-am2 was enough to secure the category title for Glenn McMenamin (Parr Motorsport). "It hasn't sunk in yet," said McMenamin. "The race was perfect, and I knew I could run third and take the title."

Bridgman wins Carrera Cup title at Brands

Media release: 4 October 2009

Tim Bridgman claimed the overall championship title in the final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 4 October 2009). With victory in the 20th race of the season, Bridgman won the title by just four points from James Sutton.

Glynn Geddie finished third overall to take the pro-am1 title at the end of a great season while, with Glenn McMenamin already secure as pro-am2, Karl Leonard won pro-am2 in round 20 with a monster drive from a pit lane start.

Bridgman went into the race knowing that he had to win to be certain of the title and he got the jump at the start to head the field into Paddock Hill Bend. Initially, Bridgman edged a few yards clear of James Sutton (Red Line Racing) as Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) battled through to third. But it all nearly went wrong for Bridgman on lap six as he braked for Sheene Curve. "I hit the brakes as usual and it snatched the rears; there must have been something on the track," said Bridgman. He ran wide onto the grass and had to defend hard into Stirlings to keep Sutton at bay.

After that moment, the top three cars ran in close formation all the way to an early finish when the cars of Derek Pierce (JHR) and Tony Gilham (Red Line Racing) touched and spun off at Hawthorns, bringing out the red flag after 14 laps. The result gave Bridgman the title by four points from Sutton, with Harvey a further four points back in third.

"To win the championship with two wins today; it's hard to describe. I'm ecstatic," said Bridgman. "It was a tough target, but I really wanted to win this. It's what you dream about."

Behind Sutton and Harvey, Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing) drove a great race to take fourth overall, win pro-am1 in the race and clinch the pro-am1 championship title. "It's been a really up and down season, but we got there," said Geddie, who ended the season clear of Robert Lawson (JHR) in pro-am1.

Lawson finished seventh, behind Tom Bradshaw (Team Parker Racing) as Bradshaw wrapped up an excellent weekend with sixth place. Bradshaw had run ahead of Geddie in the early laps, but ran wide at Sheene and lost the place. Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) clinched the final podium place in pro-am1 to become the only driver to finish all 20 races this season.

Pro-am2 victory was just reward for a great drive from Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) after he started from the pit road with concerns about his gearbox. But all was well and he charged through to victory from Paul Mace (GT Marques) and Glenn McMenamin (Parr Motorsport). "I just got as far up the field as I could," said Leonard, after finishing tenth overall, right behind his brother Michael (Team Parker Racing).