Harvey takes double Carrera pole
Tim Harvey claimed a double pole position with an exemplary performance in qualifying at Croft yesterday (Saturday 31 May) ahead of rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. In just three flying laps, Harvey (Red Line Racing) set the two fastest times of the qualifying session to secure pole position for both races. He was then able to sit out the balance of the qualifying session before running two laps later on to simply scrub in a second set of tyres ahead of the races. Harvey will now go into both races with his tyres in the best possible condition. “It went perfectly,” said Harvey. “I did two laps and was able to sit in the pits. It was getting hotter and hotter and so the track was probably getting slower as well,” said Harvey after executing a perfect qualifying session. Second for both races was Tim Bridgman (Team Parker Racing). “Tim’s car has definitely got the set-up and we’ve got to find something,” said Bridgman. “I think I could have matched that, but not twice.” Third fastest for round nine was Stefan Hodgetts (PCGB) after a strong run. “We’re just getting faster each time we go out. I don’t think they’ll leave me in the race and I just want to follow them and learn,” said Hodgetts. For round ten Hodgetts will start from fourth place, as Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) took third fastest. Hancock gambled on doing very few qualifying laps to preserve his tyres, but was edged back to fifth for round nine by his team mate Phil Quaife. “It’s a big risk, but I’ve got a brand new set of tyres for the first race,” said Hancock of his qualifying strategy. Quaife took fourth and fifth places, finding the track a bit slower than in Friday testing as the ambient temperature rose markedly. “I just hope I can get off the line a bit better,” said Quaife. Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) couldn’t repeat his testing form and was sixth fastest for both races, just ahead of team mate Charles Bateman. Very close to Bateman was Nigel Rice who topped the pro-am1 times for Red Line Racing. However, Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) was less than a second behind Rice for both races on his first experience of racing at Croft. “We’ve got the car somewhere near and I’m just learning the track,” said Gilham. Pro-am2 leader Glynn Geddie (PCGB) continued his excellent testing pace to post times in touch with Gilham and stay clear of his pro-am2 rivals Bob Lyons (Apex Tubulars) and Tommy Dreelan (Qserv), who both trimmed their lap times well in comparison to testing on Friday.