Harvey and Hancock shine

in Silverstone rainPorsche Carrera Cup GB contenders Sam Hancock and Tim Harvey battled through dreadful conditions to claim top 10 finishes from a 30-car grid for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup race at Silverstone today (Sunday 6 July) at the British Grand Prix meeting.The two Carrera Cup title contenders made the step up for their home round of the international series with the support of PCGB, and drove fine races as heavy rain made conditions truly demanding. While Hancock claimed a mighty seventh, Harvey was an excellent tenth as British drivers took five of the top 10 places.Shortly before Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in front of a sell-out 100,000 crowd, Hancock and Harvey took to the grid and were soon pushing well up the order in an action-packed opening lap. Before the safety car came out early on lap two, Hancock had charged from 23rd on the grid to eleventh place. He then battled through to seventh place at the flag.With the next Carrera Cup GB race weekend only four days away, Harvey elected not to take major risks in the conditions, but made up seven places on the opening lap and seven more when racing finally resumed for a five-lap dash to the flag. "It was difficult to see the flags, so I didn’t know it was over," said Hancock, who was elated to learn that he had finished seventh in only his second Supercup race. "There was zero visibility when you were behind other cars. I did a first good lap and I was pleased with that.""It was a hugely difficult race," said Harvey. "Visibility was appalling, there was so much water being thrown up in the air. You just couldn’t see anything of the circuit. I was a little bit cautious because of next weekend and also because I didn’t want to ruin anyone else's race. But the car was great and I'm delighted to finish tenth."In a great day for former Carrera Cup GB racers, Danny Watts (SAS-Lechner Racing) took a tremendous second place, while 2007 Carrera Cup champion James Sutton was fourth in a one-off outing with Racing Team Jetstream.Now, Harvey and Hancock will switch their focus back to the Carrera Cup GB, which resumes at Snetterton next weekend (12/13 July) after a mid-season break.