Bridgman takes win at Knockhill
Tim Bridgman pulled off a fine drive to claim victory in round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday 17 August 2008). In an action-packed race, Bridgman set the seal on his victory by beating Sam Hancock on the rush to the first corner.In the pro-am1 category Nigel Rice had to race very hard to beat title rival Tony Gilham, while Rory Butcher drove a tremendous race in the PCGB entry to win the pro-am2 category and finish fifth overall.Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) got the jump on poleman Hancock (Jota Sport) and was able to dive ahead as they braked for Seat Curve. "I knew if I got a good start I could keep the lead," said Bridgman, and his plan worked to perfection. Hancock could only slot into second place at the opening corner of the race. "It felt like quite a good start, but it obviously wasn't good enough. He had three-quarters of a length on me at the first corner," said Hancock.With Bridgman and Hancock settled into the top two places, Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) ran third on the opening lap but was almost immediately in trouble with gearbox problems. The loss of second and fifth gear left him powerless to defend his pace and Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) and Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) both swept ahead over the opening lap.Next to edge Caine back was his team mate Charles Bateman, but it all went wrong for Bateman when he missed his braking point into Seat Curve on lap ten. The hefty impact damaged the tyre wall and though Bateman was unharmed, there was a long safety car period while the car was moved and the tyre wall rebuilt.From the restart, just four racing laps remained and Bridgman controlled the race to take a polished victory. "It was just a case of not making a mistake," said Bridgman. "I needed that one." Hancock was second, but frustrated not to have converted pole position into a race win. Making it two Jota Sport drivers on the podium was Quaife, who had raced hard to fend off a typically determined challenge from Harvey. "It's hard work to keep Tim behind, but I just stayed calm in the car," said Quaife.Harvey was right on Quaife's tail at the flag, and set fastest lap in the process to pull back three points from Caine's championship lead. "Phil drove a very tight race where he needed to," said Harvey. Into a fine fifth overall and pro-am2 victory came Butcher, with a very impressive performance in his first Porsche race. "That's an awesome achievement; that's just what I wanted to do before the weekend," said the young Scot.Over the line in sixth went a frustrated Caine, but the damage to his championship lead could have been far worse. From a nine-point lead over Harvey going into the race, Caine had lost only three points.The battle for the pro-am1 category between Rice (Red Line Racing) and Gilham (ReDesign Racing) raged race long and the decisive moment was when Rice edged ahead at the hairpin at the end of the second lap. "I was glad of the safety car because it would have been hard work for 32 laps," said Rice. "I was biding my time to re-challenge and then the safety car came out," said Gilham. Right behind Rice and Gilham, and finishing second in pro-am2 was Glynn Geddie (Parr Motorsport/Apex).