Harvey’s Perfect Season Continues

by Vince Pettit

Tim Harvey completed a clean sweep of the weekend at Rockingham as he took victory in the second Porsche Carrera Cup race ahead of Michael Caine and Glynn Geddie.

Off the line Harvey lead in to the first corner as he set the pace for the field around the 1.94 mile circuit, followed by Michael Caine and Glynn Geddie. Once again the result would stay as it was on lap 1 for the course of the race despite Caine’s constant pressure from second place.

“That’s the best start I’ve ever had to a Carrera Cup season,” Harvey admitted. “We’ve all worked very hard for that and the guys in the Red Line team have done a great job.” The 2008 champion now sits 12 points ahead of Michael Caine in the championship standings.

Despite securing two second place finishes Caine battled over the weekend with the set-up of his Porsche. “I struggled with the front of the car; we had a better car yesterday than we did today,” said Caine. “There was a big scramble into the hairpin on the first lap and early on I had to defend from Glynn Geddie.”

The scramble that Caine talked of was led by Euan Hankey as he attacked into Deene, attempting a move around the outside. Unfortunately for the Porsche Scholar the move was unsuccessful, resulting in him spinning off track briefly before rejoining further down the field. The bad luck wasn’t to end there as he spun off track between Yentwood and Chapman Curve avoiding a pro-am2 accident.

Stephen Jelley secured his best finish of the season as he took fourth place ahead of Ollie Jackson, who secured a double win in the pro-am1 category with a faultless race performance.

Tony Gilham put in the hard work after starting from the back of the grid, making up ten places in the opening lap, he would push on throughout the race and secure an excellent second place in class and overall seventh on track. “I had a few close shaves on the opening lap, but I had to go for it” Gilham later admitted.

Jonas Gelzinis was lucky to be on the pro-am1 podium as he survived a mid-race spin, finishing ahead of rival Ahmad Al Harthy.

Pro-am2 saw Glenn McMenamin take victory and an overall eleventh position ahead of Steve Parish who made a small error at Deene as Tony Gilham pushed on through. “I knew I had the pace today, but I didn’t attack him too early,” said McMenamin. Third position fell to George Richardson who secured his best result to date.

Racing resumes in a week as the championship heads to Brands Hatch.

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