Bumper weekend for Carrera Cup GB
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB enjoyed a hugely successful weekend at Silverstone during rounds 17 and 18 (30/31 August), with first class live TV coverage, great racing and a tremendous 27,000-strong crowd despite mixed weather conditions.Round 18 has already been described as one of the best races to date in the Carrera Cup GB, with a starring drive from Tim Harvey to head home Phil Quaife, Sam Hancock and Michael Caine. The entire 30-minute race was broadcast live on ITV4 during the programme that features live coverage of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship. With the pre-race build up and the post-race interviews, the Carrera Cup enjoyed a total of 40 minutes of live screen time. The TV audience for the BTCC programme on ITV4 has been more than half a million viewers for earlier race days this season.The action from both rounds 17 and 18 of Carrera Cup at Silverstone will feature as usual in the Motorsport UK series, with the half-hour programme going out on both ITV4 and ITV1 with a provisional broadcast date of the last week in October.As well as the live TV audience, a tremendous 27,000 crowd saw the race live at the circuit as Silverstone rejoined the BTCC schedule. This bumper crowd comes soon after a record BTCC crowd of 35,000 packed into Oulton Park in late July and underlines the position of the BTCC package as the most popular race programme in British motor racing.In total, ten drivers visited the Carrera Cup podium across two races, with round 17 winner Nick Tandy, Hancock and Quaife joining Harvey on the overall podium. Stepping onto the pro-am1 podium were Nigel Rice, Tony Gilham and Sean Paul Breslin, while pro-am2 podium finishers were Glynn Geddie, Paul Hogarth and Steve Rance.The races also marked several Carrera Cup landmarks, with Harvey taking his 70th podium finish in round 17 and then his 20th race win in round 18. Meanwhile, pro-am1 racer Rice scored his 25th category victory in round 18 to further close the points' gap to pro-am1 leader Gilham.