Carrera Cup GB title contest continues at Silverstone
Porsche Carrera Cup GB News | Thu 28th August 2008The battle for the overall crown in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will continue during rounds 17 and 18 of the championship at Silverstone on Sunday (31 August) as Michael Caine and Tim Harvey go into the weekend split by just five points.
After 16 races, offering nearly 350 points, Caine (Team Parker Racing) and Harvey (Red Line Racing) are very closely matched at the head of the table. Tim Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) and Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) are also still in the title race, but it will now take a non-finish for both Caine and Harvey for Bridgman and Hancock to take the crown. After the Silverstone weekend, just two races remain at Brands Hatch in late September.
"Itís probably going to be like the conclusion of every Carrera Cup, going down to the last race, because there is 20 points for a win and every round counts," said Caine. "Tim Harvey is an expert in going into the last round battling for the title, and Iím not. So whatever happens, I just hope it goes down to the wire with some good racing."
Harvey, meanwhile, has been in the Carrera Cup title battle before. "The situation is fairly clear at the moment between Michael and I," said the Oxford racer. "If one of us has a non-finish, itíll hand it to the other one, because we are always going to finish fairly close together when we do finish."
As well as Bridgman and Hancock, Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) and Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) will be pitching for a place on the overall podium. While the other drivers have the overall title battle as their main focus, Quaife and Bateman are going all out for podiums and a debut Carrera Cup victory.
In the pro-am1 category, the season-long battle between Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) and Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) continues and it is Gilham who has the current advantage. Gilham has increased his pace all through an impressive debut season in the Carrera Cup and is looking good for the title with four races left to run.
The pro-am2 title, however, is wide open heading for Silverstone and with a seven-strong entry of pre-2008 cars entered, there should be some great battling in the category. Tommy Dreelan (Apex Tubulars/Qserv) currently has a two-point lead over young charger Glynn Geddie (Parr Motorsport/Apex).
Also firmly in contention is Graeme Mundy (RSS Performance), while Steve Rance and Robin Clark (Parr Motorsport) rejoin the championship and Rance in particular will be a strong contender for pro-am2 victory. Meanwhile, Paul Hogarth (IN2RACING) will make his 2008 Carrera Cup debut and will be another front-runner in the strong pro-am2 field.