Charlie Eastwood’s 2018 season with TF Sport

Charlie Eastwood’s 2018 season with TF Sport

For rising star Charlie Eastwood, the 2018 season has already provided its fair share of memorable moments, ranging from the sensational three runner-up positions in the FIA World Endurance Championship with TF Sport, to arriving at the garage in the dead of night at Le Mans with the bonnet completely missing. However the remaining races of the year pan out, it has already been a standout performance from the Belfast racer.

With a background in single seaters, Charlie made the switch to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship in 2016, taking a victory before going on to dominate the series in his second year of competition. This paved the way for the next step in his professional career as he stepped up to a twin programme in FIA WEC and the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup driving the Aston Martin Vantage GTE and GT3 respectively.

TF Sport announced Charlie’s WEC programme in January and immediately he was looking forward to the challenge. “It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT Racing, it’s a big old step,” he explained at he time. “With the line-up we have, we are confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories. There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I know Silverstone and Le Mans and we’re planning on a good test programme. So as a team we all have the same desire and I can’t wait to get started!”

The first round of the championship took place at Spa-Francorchamps and it turned out to be a sensational WEC debut for Charlie as he helped the team secure second position, less than two-tenths of a second behind the class-winning car. His mid-stint race saw the deficit to the leader halved from 80 to 40 seconds, and this was pivotal in the victory challenge.

“We got a lot more than we really thought coming into this weekend with the second place, only two-tenths behind, so it was a massive battle in the last stint,” he said. “It’s also a fantastic result for myself in what is just my second ever endurance race in what is a big pond – WEC – so it gives us massive confidence for the rest of the season.”

Meanwhile the Blancpain season had already kicked off at Monza with the Charlie and the team recovering well from chassis damage early in the weekend to finish in fifth position. On to Silverstone for round two and a victory was very much a possibility but contact and steering damage late in the race put paid to the challenge.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the hardest races in the world and to finish can be a challenge in itself. TF Sport came close with 23 hours of running, but on this occasion it wasn’t to be. Charlie performed flawlessly throughout, surviving contact and a massive debris strike on the #90 Aston Martin that ripped away the bonnet in the dead of night. Ultimately starter motor issue and then a driveshaft failure brought an end to the spirited challenge.

“It wasn’t the result that we’d hoped for as the race through various hurdles, the last of which we fell at in the last hour,” Charlie said. “The team and drivers all showed great courage to keep pushing, even when we were out of contention. Now I’m looking forward to the rest of the season as we’ve not scratched the surface of what we can do as a team.”

Back at Silverstone for round three of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the team looked set for a famous first win until a stop-go penalty for an earlier pitstop infringement resulted in the runner-up position. Charlie’s mid-race stint saw him again close the gap to the race leader, this time from 16 seconds to one before pitting and handing over to Jonny Adam to complete the race. It was another strong performance, but it was a frustrating second on this occasion.

“We got a bit unlucky with the penalty, it was one of those hit or miss situations,” he said. “We missed the pit line by six seconds and that cost us a 75-second stop-go which really is quite harsh. It shows how much pace we had that we could recover from that to get P2.”

A crash early in the Spa 24 Blancpain race meant that Charlies didn’t get to compete, but he and the team went off to finish the season in Barcelona with a strong run to fifth position.

The WEC programme meanwhile travelled onto Fuji Speedway in Japan where Charlie took the start in damp conditions from fifth position only to find a rival car blocking his pit box early in the race. Charlie was able to more than gain back the time however and handed the Aston Martin over to Salih Yoluc in fourth place. The team went on to make it three runner-up positions from four starts in the championship as he and the team get ready for the final race of the 2018 season in Shanghai.

“Looking back, if three or four things had gone our way we may have had a chance to win but over a six-hour endurance race no one gets it perfect,” he said. “We’ve now been bridesmaids three times so hopefully we can get a win in Shanghai and make Christmas a bit shorter before the 2019 final races of the Super Season.”

Oman Racing Team with TF Sport to return to Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

Oman Racing Team with TF Sport to return to Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

Having claimed the title honours last year in the Pro-Am class, Oman Racing Team with TF Sport are delighted to confirm that it will once again compete in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The British-based team will field the Aston Martin V12 GT3 in the all-new Silver Cup class with Ahmad Al Harthy returning to defend his championship. Al Harthy will be joined by Charlie Eastwood and Euan McKay, both of whom are well known to the squad.

McKay recently competed alongside Al Harthy in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi where they raced at the front of the field before finishing second in class. Eastwood meanwhile has been confirmed in the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship challenge alongside Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey and completes the exciting new look for the Endurance Cup challenge.

Charlie Eastwood
“I’ve got a busy season ahead which is fantastic! I’m new to endurance racing so I need as much mileage as possible and I’ll certainly be getting that this year with TF Sport. We have a great all-Silver line-up and I’m looking forward to driving the GT3 – which we know is almost bullet proof – and then switching over to the GTE for WEC.

“For me as a professional driver, I think it’s important to be able to switch cars and adapt quickly, so I’m very exciting to being doing this second programme with such a top-notch team in TF Sport.”

Ahmad Al Harthy
“I’m really excited to see how we can move forward in 2018 after an amazing season in the Blancpain Endurance Cup last year. It was important for me to build on the success of last year and to remain in the series and as a Silver driver this year, it’s a small but exciting step forward with Oman Racing TF Sport once again.”

Euan McKay
“I’m absolutely thrilled to join TF Sport in Blancpain for the upcoming season. When I did Abu Dhabi with them, I gelled with the team and car really well, so it was a no-brainier when I knew the option to do the season was there.

“I think we’ve got a really strong line-up and I’ve already worked before with Ahmad and Charlie. Ahmad and I worked well together in Abu Dhabi and Charlie and I were team-mates in Carrera Cup GB last year so we already know each other well. I think it’s a good position to start from. And TF Sport itself has had a lot of success in a short space of time, so I can’t wait to get started and see what we can all do!”

Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director
“We’re looking forward to the challenge again. It’s a step up for Ahmad now as a Silver driver and it will be good to see him race with two of our rising stars in Charlie and Euan. Consistency is always key and we want to make sure we finish each race and make sure that we’re in the position to challenge for the Silver Cup.”

Charlie confirmed, TF Sport confirm FIA World Endurance Championship intentions for 2018/19

Charlie confirmed, TF Sport confirm FIA World Endurance Championship intentions for 2018/19

Since its inception in 2014, TF Sport has enjoyed phenomenal success in GT Racing with championship honours in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, Michelin Le Mans Cup, British GT as well as wins and a title challenge in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). Now the British-based team, which continues to enjoy factory support from Aston Martin Racing, is delighted to confirm that it will compete in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) ‘super-season’ in the GT-Am category subject to entry acceptance*

The successful partnership of Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey is set to continue, the pair stepping up to WEC from ELMS, alongside UK rising star Charlie Eastwood.

Yoluc and Hankey have competed together with TF Sport with great success, winning the teams’ championship in 2016 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup on the back of two wins. In 2017 they raced in ELMS, taking victory in the opening round at Silverstone and then securing multiple podium positions on the way to a fighting second position in the championship.

Eastwood joins TF Sport having wrapped up the Porsche Carrera Cup in the UK in 2017. The Belfast born driver enjoyed a successful karting background from 2004 – including the Rotax World Championship in 2012 and the European championship in 2013. He then started his single seater career in Formula 4 in 2014 before taking on the challenge of the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. A move to Formula Renault followed but it was the move to the Porsche Carrera Cup that brought him onto the GT radar in 2016.

With everything now in place, TF Sport, Yoluc, Hankey and Eastwood are set to embark on a programme at the very pinnacle of GT racing as they prepare for the eight-round 2018/19 championship which gets underway in May 2018 at Spa Francorchamps. This is followed by no less than two races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as rounds in Japan, China and the US in what really is a super-season at the very highest level in motorsport.

Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director

“It’s a huge honour to be competing in the World Endurance Championship next year; it’s by far our biggest ever programme and it underlines the strength of our team at every level. We have had huge success in the past two years in very tough championships such as Blancpain and ELMS so I feel we are ready to move up.

“We have a really big challenge in WEC but we’re confident that we will be competitive and deliver the results that we, our supporters and partners, now expect from us.”

Charlie Eastwood

“It’s going to be a big challenge to step up to what is the very top in GT Racing, it’s a big old step. With the line-up we have, we are confident we’ll be quick in each of our driver categories. I won the Carrera Cup in 2017 but remain Silver, so it is the ideal partnership with Salih and Euan.

“I met with Tom (Ferrier) and some of the guys in the team five weeks ago for the first time and it was a great meeting. It really kick-started the talks and the Friday before Christmas it was all confirmed. It’s great to know so far in advance what you’re doing for the coming season and with Tom’s amazing record with TF Sport and the driver combination we have, we’re all pretty buzzed up and raring to go.

“There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us obviously, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I know Silverstone and Le Mans and we’re planning on a good test programme. So as a team we all have the same desire and I can’t wait to get started!”

Salih Yoluc

“As a team, it is very exciting for all of us to be on the very highest stage of sports car racing. I’m really looking forward to exciting races and of course our first WEC win! We’ve been quite unlucky in ELMS this year in so many ways, but I hope we were just suffering a little to make the future victories even sweeter, with a change in fortune.

“Being able to fight to be a world champion and also a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner is something very special and we’ll do our best and make sure we enjoy the journey.”

Euan Hankey

“Myself, Salih, Charlie and TF Sport are really on a fantastic journey and it’s great to be a part of this programme. We’re under no illusions as to how hard WEC will be as it’s the very very top category of racing in the world. But in saying that, we’ve got a great track record, a mega team, so there’s no reason why we can’t build and continue to show what we can do, even in WEC!”

Eastwood Crowned 2017 Carrera Cup GB Champion at Brands Hatch

Eastwood Crowned 2017 Carrera Cup GB Champion at Brands Hatch

1st October 2017: Charlie Eastwood is 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion. The thrilling season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend saw hard fought racing and determination shine through from the 2016/17 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar.

Following one of the most important qualifying sessions of the season, all three title contenders in the fastest single marque GT racing championship in the U.K.,  locked out the front two rows of the grid for rounds fourteen and fifteen at Brands Hatch circuit, Kent.

Championship leader Charlie (Redline Racing) started the penultimate race from P4, affording the Belfast man a good chance to defend his four-point dropped score advantage over his closest title rival, Dino Zamparelli who lined up alongside him on the grid.

The damp track presented tricky, greasy conditions that produced a frantic contest from the off. There were multiple changes in positions throughout the entire race, but Charlie hung on to an important points scoring fourth to boost him to a six points advantage over Zampareilli going in to the final event.

With the Redline Racing team securing the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Team Championship at the end of round 14, their tenth since the championship launched in 2003, the main Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ title went down to the very last lap of the very last race of the year. Starting from third, the Belfast man knew that the 2017 crown was within his grasp as the track and weather conditions grew worse. The leading pack of the 21 car field were locked in an intense battle of clean racing and after 17 laps Charlie crossed the line in P5, enough to secure the Championship victory and celebrate the end of his second successful year in Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Charlie scored 228 points (dropped score) with more wins under his belt than Zamparelli (228 points) to become the 2017 Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ Champion.

Charlie Eastwood says:

“I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Porsche for giving me this amazing opportunity; to have the best two years of racing that I have ever had. Also, thank you to all my family for supporting me through all the ups and downs over the years, but we always come out on top in the end and for that I am very grateful!”

Eastwood Endures Difficult Silverstone Weekend to Maintain 2017 Carrera Cup Lead

Eastwood Endures Difficult Silverstone Weekend to Maintain 2017 Carrera Cup Lead

During a wet Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon at Silverstone Circuit all Carrera Cup GB cars, except for the #28 Redline Racing Porsche of Charlie Eastwood, had their best and second lap times disallowed for exceeding track limits. Charlie qualified in P3 for Round 12 and P2 for Round 13, but with a ten-place grid penalty carried over from the Knockhill event, the Belfast man lined up in thirteenth position on the grid on Sunday morning.

The safety car led the 22-car strong field for the first two green laps of race one during which Charlie fought back from his penalization through treacherously wet conditions. He drove a mature and accomplished race to finish fourth in the proceedings, maintaining top spot in the Championship going in to the afternoon.

The sun had broken through the clouds in time for the crucial final round at the home of British Motor Racing in Northamptonshire. 2016/17 Porsche GB Scholar Charlie made the best of the front row starts, launching past the pole sitter in to turn one. However, an ongoing issue with the #28 Redline Racing charger meant that despite his best efforts, Charlie was unable to muster enough pace out of his car and lost position to his immediate racing rivals. Following the retirement of race leader Cammish on lap 22, Charlie claimed a well-defended P3 podium trophy and continues to lead the 2017 Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ Championship on 202 points.

Charlie Eastwood comments:

“It wasn’t an ideal weekend. We struggled with the car’s handling since testing on Tuesday; we turned the car upside down trying to find the issue. When we got in to Qualifying on Saturday it felt like the problem was still there, so we said to ourselves ‘right, let’s just try to forget about it and go forward’. It’s very frustrating as we know it’s not a setup problem, but something fundamental inside the car. The team did a great job re-building it for the event, but we need to work hard over the next two weeks to see what the issue could be before we head to Brands Hatch and try to maintain that lead.”

The finale of the 2017 Carrera Cup GB takes place at Brands Hatch, Kent on 30th September and 1st October, 2017.

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood, Redline Racing

Qualifying – Round 12 P3 (started P13*) – fastest lap 56.020 seconds (105.42 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 13 P2 – second fastest lap 56.106 seconds (105.25 MPH)
Round 12 – Result P4 - 21 laps, best lap time 1:01.304 minute
Round 13 – Result P3 - 27 laps, best lap time 56.671 seconds

Carrera Cup Title Hopes Continue with Victory at Knockhill

Carrera Cup Title Hopes Continue with Victory at Knockhill

Only 0.049 second separated the top three drivers in qualifying for rounds 10 and 11 of the 2017 Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill Circuit, Scotland on Saturday. Charlie Eastwood, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday, qualified in pole position for race two and in P2 for race one, narrowly missing out on the double by a mere 0.011 second.

Charlie made the perfect start to round 10 on Sunday morning; he took the lead only to be hit from behind going in to turn one which pushed him off track and cost him two racing positions. Charlie maintained P3 for remainder of the arduous 32 laps race and top spot in the Championship standings going in to the afternoon.

Round 11 was an even harder fought contest with the trio of title protagonists locked in a battle that would ultimately see the pole-sitting Belfast man secure another lights to flag victory during the live ITV4 broadcast.

Despite a post-race Stewards enquiry* which resulted in Charlie receiving a 10-place grid penalty for round 12 and three Championship points deducted, he continues to lead the 2017 Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ Championship on 180 points.

Charlie Eastwood comments:

“Knockhill was a good weekend for us. We got off to quite a good start through practice which wasn’t in ideal weather conditions and in qualifying we got a second grid position for race one by 0.01 second, but pole for the second race by 0.009 second, so really close margins throughout the weekend.

“Going in to race one, we got a good start off the line and went to pass Dan Cammish in to turn one, but then unfortunately got quite a nudge from behind which sent us straight on and we dropped back to third where we stayed until the end. In the second race, again we got off to a good start and over the first 10 laps we got a gap over the rest of the field, but then the rear tyres started to go off a bit and that’s when we all started to bunch up and I had to start defending a lot. An unfortunate situation happened in the coming together between myself and Dan – we went through several Stewards and appeals, but at the end of the day we went through my on-board and everyone could see that I came out of the corner turning right and kept turning right towards defending. Then as soon as I looked in my mirror and saw Dan, I started to turn left and tried to avoid contact, hoping he would slightly back out and we would slot on down in to the last corner. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out this way, but these incidents happen in racing and we need to look forward to Silverstone where we have a 10-place grid penalty for the first race and three Championship points deducted as well from the incident, so it’ll be a hard race but hopefully we can keep our nose clean and pick up some good points.”

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood, Redline Racing

Qualifying – Round 10 P2 – fastest lap 49.966 seconds (91.30 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 11 Pole – second fastest lap 50.070 seconds (91.09 MPH)
Round 10 - Result P3 - 32 laps, best lap time 50.449 seconds
Round 11 – Result Win - 31 laps, best lap time 50.255 seconds

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Note to Editors:

*Stewards enquiry for contact between Charlie Eastwood and Dan Cammish going in to Clarks on lap 30 of round 11.

For more information visit www.charlieeastwood.com

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The second race of the weekend at each TOCA event (British Touring Car Championship) is broadcast live on ITV4 (UK

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – Pro Championship Table 2017

1st Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 180 points
2nd Dino Zamparelli #8 JTR 172 points
3rd Dan Cammish #1 Redline Racing 152 points

 

Win at Snetterton Affords Charlie Carrera Cup GB Lead

Win at Snetterton Affords Charlie Carrera Cup GB Lead

Charlie secured double pole position in qualifying for rounds eight and nine of the 2017 Carrera Cup GB championship on Saturday at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.

The Belfast man and his #28 Redline Racing Team Porsche drove a faultless lights to flag first race (round 8) on Sunday morning to clinch not only the win, but leap in to the 2017 Championship lead.

In the closing laps of round nine on Sunday afternoon Charlie was caught out by an uncharacteristic lock up of his rear wheels and had to defend position fiercely to secure the second placed podium trophy at the end of the 14 laps contest.

Scoring only two points shy of the weekend’s maximum available, Charlie Eastwood now leads the Carrera Cup GB Drivers’ Championship as the series heads north to Knockhill in Fife, Scotland in two weeks’ time for rounds 10/11 on 12-13 August.

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood

Qualifying – Round 8 Pole – fastest lap 1:50.905 minute (96.37 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 9 Pole – second fastest lap 1:51.092 minute (96.2 MPH)
Round 8 - Result Win - 14 laps, best lap time 1:52.241 minute
Round 9 – Result P2 - 14 laps, best lap time 1:53.248 minute

Charlie Eastwood comments:

“Race one went well for us. It was quite slippery as we had a lot of rain overnight, so for the first two or three laps we couldn’t push the car as much as we’d like. Once we got grip in the car and on the track we could start to push on and got our gap and then, just after the safety car, we had to build up the gap again, but we managed to control the race right up until the end. It was half of what we needed to do this weekend and the win gave the team a great boost as we took the Championship lead.

The second race was going really well until lap 11, when I just hit down in to third on turn two and the rears just absolutely locked solid. We seemed to be able to maintain the gap quite well until then, but the tyres went off slightly and we just didn’t have enough to push hard with three laps to go. It is frustrating not to achieve maximum points this weekend, but we’ve come out with the Championship lead so hopefully we can keep it until the end of the season.”

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Note to Editors:

For more information on the Carrera Cup GB visit www.porsche.com/uk

The second race of the weekend at each TOCA event (British Touring Car Championship) is broadcast live on ITV4 (UK)

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – Pro Championship Table 2017

1st Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 147 points
2nd Dino Zamparelli #8 JTR 134 points
3rd Dan Cammish #1 Redline Racing 132 points

 

Solid Performance at Le Mans Round of Carrera Cup GB

Solid Performance at Le Mans Round of Carrera Cup GB

17 June 2017:

Porsche Carrera Cup GB teamed up with Porsche Carrera Cup France, GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux and a host of international guest entries to form a 61-cars field at the iconic Le Mans circuit in the Sarthe region of France, 15-17 June 2017 for round seven of the UK series.

2016 Rookie Champion and BRDC Rising Stars program member Charlie, from Belfast, NI, secured a third row starting grid position (P6) in 2017 Carrera Cup GB qualifying on Thursday following an encouraging show of pace during the morning practices sessions.

A multi-car incident at the front of the grid when the lights went out for the start of the 45-minute race on Saturday brought out the first yellow flag. Charlie had made a clean get away in his #928 Redline Racing 911 GT3 and was running up in P2 on lap one when he was clipped by the race leader, causing an immediate puncture and essential visit to the pits.

Re-joining the race in P53 and steadily picking his way up through the field, Charlie set the fastest lap of the race – a 4:07.241 mins – on the penultimate lap and took the chequered flag in a respectable P23. He remains second in the Drivers’ Championship standings on 109 points as the Carrera Cup GB teams now prepare for rounds eight and nine at Snetterton circuit, UK, on 28-30 July 2017.

Results: #928 Charlie Eastwood

Qualifying – Round 7 P6 – fastest lap 4:09.272 minutes (196.8 Kph)
Round 7 - Result P23 - 9 laps, best lap time 4:07.241 minutes (Fastest lap of the race on L8)

Charlie Eastwood comments:

“It was a hard race for us. I got off to one of my best starts of the season and ended up in P2 from starting in sixth. Unfortunately, we collided with the pole man and got a puncture. Doing a lap which is four minutes long with a puncture feels like a lifetime and we got in to the pits right at the back of the pack. To come back from 53rd to 23rd is a good result for the team and overall it was a vital points scoring race. It’s frustrating as we also got the fastest lap by 1.6 seconds, so we knew for sure we had the pace, but this is motorsport and it happens.

“We put everything in to it today and I would like to thank everyone in the Redline Racing team, my family and especially Sacred Coffee, for helping out this weekend.”

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Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – Pro Championship Table 2017

1st Dan Cammish #1 Redline Racing 132 points
2nd Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 109 points
3rd Dino Zamparelli #8 JTR 96 points

 

Valuable Points from Difficult Weekend at Oulton Park

Valuable Points from Difficult Weekend at Oulton Park

21st May 2017:

Charlie secured second row starting grid positions in qualifying for rounds five and six of the 2017 Carrera Cup GB championship on Saturday at Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire.

A dramatic, multi-car incident at the beginning of race five in the afternoon forced a restart during which the rear of the Belfast man’s #28 Redline Racing Porsche was tagged sending him in to a spin. Charlie re-joined the race in twelfth and made a meteoric charge to take the chequered flag in P7.

Round six on Sunday afternoon was a championship points ‘damage limitation’ exercise with Charlie defending boldly to take the third placed podium position at the end of the shortened, 12 laps race.

The 2016 Rookie Champion and BRDC Rising Star programme member now sits in second place in the Drivers’ Championship as the series looks towards the next event at the iconic Le Mans Circuit in the Sarthe region of France for round seven on 17-18 June.

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood

Qualifying – Round 5 P3 – fastest lap 1:30.652 minute (88.39 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 6 P4 – second fastest lap 1:06.871 minute (106.54 MPH)
Round5- Result P7 - 16 laps, best lap time 1:23.251 minute
Round 6 – Result P3 - 12 laps, best lap time minute 1:23.338 minute

Charlie Eastwood comments:

“The race weekend at Oulton Park was hard for us. We had good Friday practice sessions, but in qualifying it rained just before the start and we’d had no wet practice, so we just missed a little bit of time. We went in to race one yesterday, got passed the big crash in the first start, but then in the second start unfortunately somebody turned in on us, spun us round and I couldn’t do anything about it. Luckily we got back up to seventh in the end for some valuable points.

“Today, again we had a good start off the line, but we were clipped in to turn one and again down the hill, which is frustrating and a bit of desperation on the driver’s part, but you can’t really do anything about that so at least we’ve come away with some decent podium points and now we are just looking forward to Le Mans. Like every year in motorsport you’ve one weekend that you need to put behind you and hopefully this will be ours.”

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Note to Editors:

For more information visit www.charlieeastwood.com

For more information on the Carrera Cup GB visit www.porsche.com/uk

The second race of the weekend at each TOCA event (British Touring Car Championship) is broadcast live on ITV4 (UK)

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – Pro Championship Table 2017

1st Dan Cammish #1 Redline Racing 112 points
2nd Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 101 points
3rd Dino Zamparelli #8 JTR 80 points

 

Perfect Performance Brings Double Win at Donington Park

Perfect Performance Brings Double Win at Donington Park

16th April: It was a perfect performance and points scoring weekend for Belfast man Charlie Eastwood who secured double pole and race wins in the 2017 Carrera Cup GB championship at Donington Park.

The 2016 Rookie Champions and BRDC Rising Star programme member now leads the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads to Oulton Park circuit, Cheshire, for rounds five and six on 20th – 21st May.

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood

Qualifying – Round 3 P1 – fastest lap 1:06.859 minute (106.56 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 4 P1 – second fastest lap 1:06.871 minute (106.54 MPH)
Round 3 - Result P1 - 23 laps, best lap time 1:07.803 minute
Round 4 – Result P1 - 24 laps, best lap time 1:07.860 minute

Charlie Eastwood commented:

“We couldn’t have asked for much better; double pole and win in both races, fantastic. We got off to great starts and kept out in front for both races, but today, when I thought the race could be plain sailing with three or four laps to go, I saw the back markers defending and backed off as I didn’t want to get involved. Then on the last lap when two cars crashed on the first corner, I went just on the grass to pass them and that kept me on my toes!

“We need to stay up in the championship leading position now; we knew after qualifying that this weekend would be a great opportunity to make a bit of a gap and get the most points possible, and we did that. It was perfect from start to finish, so hopefully we can continue this form throughout the season.”

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Note to Editors:

For more information visit www.charlieeastwood.com

For more information on the Carrera Cup GB visit www.porsche.com/uk

The second race of the weekend at each TOCA event (British Touring Car Championship) is broadcast live on ITV4 (UK)

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – Pro Championship Table 2017

1st  Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 76 points
2nd Dan Cammish #1 Redline Racing 72 points
3rd Tom Oliphant #15 Redline Racing 47 points