Westbrook Wins Twice At Knockhill | Part Two

Race Two

Just as he had in dry conditions on Saturday, Westbrook won Sunday’s wet race from the front to maintain his unbeaten record at the Scottish track. However, a big mid-race challenge from Shedden kept Westbrook on his toes.

On a horribly wet track, Westbrook led the pack into the first corner from Faulkner, but Faulkner soon knew that he was struggling. In the run up to the race, conditions looked to be improving and the team elected to send Faulkner and his team mate Templeman into the race on used wet tyres. As the rain’s intensity increased again, that proved to be the wrong choice and both drivers struggled as the race developed.

Into the hairpin at the end of the first lap, Shedden dived ahead of Faulkner to take second and set off in pursuit of Westbrook. Meanwhile, Faulkner started to fall back into the clutches of Harvey and on lap eight Harvey moved through to third at the hairpin.

While Shedden chipped away at Westbrook’s lead, Harvey closed on both of them. By lap 13, Shedden was right on Westbrook’s tail, but Westbrook was able to respond and built his lead out to a second and a half once more. Shortly after, Shedden was caught behind a slower car at the chicane and that was all the chance that Harvey needed to move in. On the penultimate lap, Harvey dived ahead on the run out of Clark, only for Shedden to get the place back on the exit of the hairpin. On the final lap, they ran side-by-side into the hairpin, but Shedden got the verdict by less than a length after a fine race.

"I’m just enjoying racing again. Today, I just went off like a rabbit from the start, but mid-race Gordon was very quick. Then I could pull away again," said a delighted Westbrook. Shedden, too, was elated with his race. "Fantastic! That’s the first time in the car in the wet. Thanks to Porsche Cars GB and Autosport for giving me the chance to compete this weekend."

Third place, and a series of race fastest laps, showed that Harvey had winning pace. "I had a good car and it was nice to be going forward. But I didn’t know it was the last lap as I couldn’t see the board." Faulkner struggled home fourth, scoring important championship points but disappointed not to have challenged for victory.

Rice had Faulkner in his sights, as he took fifth from Templeman and Shanly. Meanwhile Ashburn collected the Driver of the Day Award in eighth after Clark pitted for attention to a loose windscreen wiper.

Race two provisional results (20 laps)
1 Richard Westbrook (Red Line Racing) 19m58.206s
2 Gordon Shedden (Porsche Cars with Team Autosport) 20m04.068s
3 Tim Harvey (Team RPM) 20m04.244s
4 Damien Faulkner (Team Parker Racing) 20m18.609s
5 Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) 20m21.602s
6 Jason Templeman (Team Parker Racing) 20m25.131s
7 Stephen Shanly (Red Line Racing) 20m31.280s
8 David Ashburn (Trackspeed) 20m09.809s
9 Jim Geddie (Apex Tubular) 19 laps
10 Steve Clark (Team RPM) 18 laps
Published 31 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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