Harvey takes Le Mans podium finish

by Vince Pettit

Tim Harvey will be making way in his trophy cabinet this week after claiming a podium finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup France, which was supporting the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

Harvey was one of five Porsche Carrera Cup GB regulars to take part in the high profile support race on Saturday and led the race for 30 minutes after qualifying a strong fourth.

With a damp track to kick off the race Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship leader Harvey followed suit opting for wet tyres, there was however one driver who took the gamble to start on slicks, Frenchman Sylvain Noel. During the final 10 minutes as the track dried, Noel closed in on Harvey and took the lead of the race and ultimately the race win. Harvey would lose out on second after Porsche Carrera Cup France Kevin Estre regular edged by in the closing stages.

“It was great fun leading the race and it looked like we could win,” said Harvey. “But the podium was our realistic goal and to stand on the podium at Le Mans was fantastic. The whole weekend was a great experience; the circuit and atmosphere was brilliant. There is no other circuit and event like it in the world.”

Joining Harvey in the race was Archie Hamilton who finished an impressive eigth place and a podium finish in the Junior category. “It has been an incredible experience,” said the 19-year old racer. “My grandfather won here in 1953 and my father was so proud he was crying.”

Alex Martin and Glenn McMenamin performed well in the 40-strong field finishing twelvth and fifteenth respectively. Ahmad Al Harty was unlucky after damaging his car during qualifying and thus ending his weekend disappointingly early.

The five drivers will return to the track for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB this weekend at Croft.

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