Carrera Cup graduates shine ..

in Porsche SupercupTwo graduates from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will be bidding for success in the first European race on the 2008 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup schedule this weekend (26/27 April) in support of the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.Damien Faulkner, the 2006 Carrera Cup GB champion, and Danny Watts, winner of 10 Carrera Cup races in the same season, are now teamed together with SAS International backing at Lechner Racing.Both Faulkner, who won one of the opening Supercup races of the season at Bahrain recently, and Watts are striving to follow in the wheeltracks of former Carrera Cup GB champion and double Supercup champion Richard Westbrook. Now selected as one Porsche's factory drivers for 2008, Westbrook has a full campaign of international GT racing this season.All three drivers paid tribute to the role of the Carrera Cup GB in making them ready for the super-competitive Supercup. "The fact that I won races and challenged for the title in my first year in the Supercup was all down to the competitiveness of the Carrera Cup GB," said Faulkner."Without learning my trade in the Carrera Cup, I'd not have won the Supercup," said Westbrook. "The Supercup is hard enough because you've got to learn the circuits. If you know the car already, you can just concentrate on the track. If you are trying to learn the car as well, it's just impossible. My advice to any one wanting to do Supercup is go and do Carrera Cup first."As well as Faulkner and Watts, Carrera Cup team Red Line Racing with Irwin Industrial Tools is tackling the Supercup having unveiled one of the strongest driver line-ups in the championship with Patrick Huisman and David Saelens. The Red Line crew dovetails its international campaign with a three-car Carrera Cup GB squad, led by Tim Harvey.The Barcelona Porsche Supercup race will be shown on Eurosport, with TV coverage from 10.15am on Sunday morning