Bridgman takes double Carrera pole

Tim Bridgman took pole position at Rockingham Saturday 12 April for rounds three and four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB this weekend.

With an impressive run in a dry qualifying session, Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) claimed pole for round three and then added pole for round four with his second best lap in the half-hour qualifying run.“I came in a few laps from the end of the session because I didn’t think I could have bettered my time,” said Bridgman. It was a perfect display from the Essex racer after accidents put him out of both of the opening races at Brands Hatch two weeks ago. “The season really starts now for me,” said Tim. “I love the cars and the circuit is great, so I’m very, very happy.”In fact, the top three grid positions will be the same for each of Sunday’s races, with Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) and Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) leading the chase of Bridgman. “I’d have liked to have been on pole, and the car was probably good enough to do it,” said Harvey. “It was good to get out on a dry track with new tyres on the car,” he added.Caine, meanwhile, was content with third, having wanted to be either first or third fastest to secure a place on the right hand side of the grid. “It’s the cleaner side of the circuit,” he explained. “I started on the left hand side last year and it was my worst start of the season.”With the top five cars covered by less than half a second, Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) was fourth fastest from Dean Smith (PCGB). “I think the track was a little bit green today, and I’m still getting used to it,” said Smith as he continued his impressive debut in the championship. “I know what to do and all the top guys are right in front of me on the grid,” added the 20-year old. For the second race, Smith will start fourth on the grid, marginally ahead of Hancock.Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was an encouraging sixth for both races. “That’s a lot better after some problems in testing yesterday,” he reported. “Here last year I was two seconds off pole, now the gap is seven-tenths of a second, so that’s good progress,” said Bateman. “I think we’ve got a good consistent race car.”Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) was seventh fastest, with pro-am1 leader Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) next up. Rice had a trouble free session, but had hoped to out-qualify some of the pro category racers. However, he was clear of his pro-am1 rivals Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) and Fergus Campbell (Red Line Racing). In pro-am2, John Stack (PCGB) continued to make good progress ahead of his debut race in a Porsche.

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