Hankey wins as Harvey is left deflated

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB saw a new race winner in the shape of Euan Hankey take to the top step of the podium as reigning champion Tim Harvey’s race was destroyed by a puncture.

It was the worst possible start for the double champion who was lying in fourth place behind Stephen Jelley when the tyre failure late in the race meant he was forced to pit and dropped him to a dissapointing 23rd position at the finish.

Hankey took the lead from his Parker Racing team-mate Jelley when the pole sitter threw away his postion with 13 laps to go at Graham Hill bend and dropped to third, after which Hankey cruised to the flag to claim his first win in the series by over four seconds.

It also cost Jelley second place to James Sutton, and left him spending the rest of the race trying to overtake the 2007 series champion to regain the spot, setting the fastest lap along the way while defending champion Harvey kept in hot pursuit.

In the end it was not be as the puncture dropped Harvey out of it and promoted rookie Sam Tordoff to fourth. Harvey will hope he has used up all his bad luck in the first race of the season, although his team-mate and arch rival Michael Caine did not fair a great deal better. After a dismal qualifying, Caine could only work his way up to seventh place which soon become sixth after Harvey’s puncture.

Richard Plant excelled in his first Porsche race by finishing behind Caine in seventh place ahead of the Pro-Am 1 winner Rory Butcher, who held off his closest rivals Ahmad Al Harthy and Jonas Gelzinis by four seconds at the flag.

Pro-Am 2 honours meanwhile went to Celtic Speed’s George Brewster who finished down in 15th place ahead of Steve Parish who ran him close all the way to the finish.

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