TIM HARVEY WINS ON HIS GINETTA DEBUT!! Our driver Tim Harvey made a seamless transition to the Ginetta GT Supercup at Croft this weekend. Winner of 11 Porsche Carrera Cup races and the title in 2010, Tim got back to winning ways in his first ever drive in a Ginetta racing car. With only 15 laps experience in the car on Friday testing, Tim qualified the TCR run Ginetta G55 3rd on the grid for the first of 3 races during the weekend. In doing so, Tim out qualified Stefan Hodgetts, Tom Sharp and Carl Breeze who have all been race winners in the Ginetta Supercup this season.
Race 1 saw an epic battle between Tim and Hodgetts. Eventually, Hodgetts forced Harvey into the pit wall in his efforts to keep him behind. This caused some steering damage, which, in attempting to get back on terms, saw Harvey collide with a chicane tyre and retire from the race. Whilst disappointing, it also meant a starting position at the very back of the grid for Race 2.
Light rain fell just before the Race 2, so, with Tim being a renowned specialist in wet conditions, the stage was set for a 'Harvey charge'. Tim duly obliged in the best possible manner - by winning from last on the grid! Self confidence regained, Doubting Thomases silenced, Race 3 promised for more (good) to come.
And indeed it did! Reverse grid of the top 5 finishing positions from Race 2 meant Tim would start 5th. Having carefully looked after his tyres during the meeting, it all looked good for another victory. Having moved up to 3rd and after a Safety Car deployment came to its end, Tim was pushed into a 180-degree spin by another car at the hairpin bend just after the restart! There was no way he could get going until all cars had passed. Suddenly last and with only 3 laps to go, Tim retired to the pits.
"I've really enjoyed my weekend in the Ginetta," said Harvey at the end of the meeting, "The cars are fast and exciting, and there is lots of overtaking. Having 3 races in one weekend makes it exciting for the fans and drivers, and involves the team more, as well. It is great to prove to everyone that, in equally matched cars, I can still win and I look forward to racing a Ginetta again in the future"
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