Harvey sets Carrera Cup pace at Knockhill
Porsche Carrera Cup GB News | Fri 15th August 2008With title rivals Tim Harvey and Michael Caine split by just a tenth of a second in pre-race testing at Knockhill today (Friday 15 August 2008), the stage is set for two thrilling races on Sunday in rounds 15 and 16 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Meanwhile, in the pro-am1 category Nigel Rice charged to the top of the tomes and VIP racer Rory Butcher made a highly impressive debut to top the pro-am2 category times.
Jota Sport drivers Phil Quaife and Sam Hancock headed the times in the first test session, which was interrupted by a rain shower. Later in the afternoon Harvey (Red Line Racing) and Caine (Team Parker Racing) traded the fastest time and eventually Harvey finished the session ahead by 0.129s. "We've been consistently quick all day," said Harvey. "But I think there is more time to come in qualifying given good conditions."
Caine was happy with his progress and also felt that the pole time would be faster still. "The car's good; it's just a case of me getting it together," said Caine, who starts the weekend with a slender nine-point championship lead over Harvey. Hancock and Quaife continued their strong showing by ending the day third and fourth fastest respectively. "That's a good start to the weekend," said Quaife. "I feel really happy with the car," he added.
Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was a strong fifth fastest and was one of the most committed drivers through the challenging first corner at Duffus Dip, while Rice was sixth fastest overall. "We found eight-tenths of a second on new tyres this afternoon," reported Rice after jumping ahead of pro-am1 rival Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing).
Between the pro-am1 rivals in the overall times were Scottish youngsters Butcher and Glynn Geddie and championship contender Tim Bridgman. Butcher, in the PCGB guest car from the pro-am2 category made a sensational start to his first weekend of Carrera Cup racing by ending the day seventh fastest. "It's a big step up, but I'm loving it," said the 21-year old.
Things were not so good for Bridgman, however. The Team Parker Racing driver was frustrated to end his day with a trip into the gravel at Duffus Dip after having to move off line to avoid a slower car leaving the pit road. He missed the second half of the later test session and any chance to show his true pace. Close behind Bridgman was Geddie (Parr Motorsport/Apex) with another strong showing from the 18-year old on his home track. Behind Gilham, Graeme Mundy (RSS Performance) and Pippa Mann (Team Eurotech) completed the top 12 times.