Harvey tops Carrera Cup test at Oulton Park
Porsche Carrera Cup GB News | Fri 25th July 2008Tim Harvey headed the times in testing at Oulton Park today (Friday 25 July) ahead of rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Meanwhile, in pro-am1 Nigel Rice headed the times, while VIP racer Ed Pead topped the pro-am2 category.
With just over a second and a half covering the top 12 cars in the 17-car field, the stage is set for two tremendous races over the weekend.
The best times came in the afternoon test session, with most leading drivers running new tyres. However, two red flags interrupted the session and it was the last 13-minute section that delivered the fastest times. In the final five minutes of the session, four drivers topped the times and it was Harvey (Red Line Racing) who was ahead when the chequered flag came out.
"I genuinely think we can improve on that time, and I think we'll need to in qualifying," said Harvey, after posting a best lap of 1m24.768s. Less than a tenth of a second slower was Tim Bridgman (Team Parker Racing). "I just didn't get the job done on new tyres; there is definitely more time to come," said Bridgman. Third fastest was Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing), who twice had his session interrupted by tyres that had become detached from the corner markers at the Knickerbrook chicane. "I'm quite pleased with the car and there is more time to come," said Caine, echoing the comments of his major title rivals.
Fourth fastest, having topped the times with five minutes of the session to run was Phil Quaife (Jota Sport). "I did a 25s dead on my first flying lap on new tyres and the next lap was looking faster until the car ahead of me clipped the tyres at the chicane and I hit them all."
Close behind Quaife was his Jota Sport team mate Sam Hancock, while Paul O'Neill (PCGB) was an excellent sixth fastest. "I didn't know I was that close to the pace," said O'Neill after a strong performance. "But it felt quick and the Porsche is a mega car!"
Behind Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was Ed Pead (PCGB) in seventh fastest overall and first in pro-am2. His time in the older model car was hugely impressive ahead of his Carrera Cup debut, while right behind Pead was Rice (Red Line Racing) at the top the pro-am1 category.
Tenth fastest, and along with Rice as one of the fastest drivers without running new tyres, was Alex Mortimer (Team RPM) on his first Carrera Cup outing for two years, while second in pro-am2 was Glynn Geddie (Parr Motorsport/Apex). Completing the top 12 was Jake Rosenzweig (Team Parker Racing), on a steep learning curve on his first visit to Oulton Park. Third in pro-am2 was series debutant Karl Leonard (RSS Performance), while Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) was second in pro-am1.