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Eastwood Crowned 2017 Carrera Cup GB Champion at Brands Hatch

1st October 2017: Charlie Eastwood is 2017 Porsche

October 1, 2017 read more

Eastwood Endures Difficult Silverstone Weekend to Maintain 2017 Carrera Cup Lead

During a wet Qualifying session on Saturday aftern

September 17, 2017 read more

Carrera Cup Title Hopes Continue with Victory at Knockhill

Only 0.049 second separated the top three drivers

August 13, 2017 read more

Win at Snetterton Affords Charlie Carrera Cup GB Lead

Charlie secured double pole position in qualifying

July 30, 2017 read more

Solid Performance at Le Mans Round of Carrera Cup GB

17 June 2017: Porsche Carrera Cup GB teamed up wi

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  • 01 Oct 2017

    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!"
  • 01 Oct 2017

    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!"
  • 01 Aug 2016

    Eastwood impresses with brace of seconds at Snetterton

    Charlie Eastwood showed that he is a match for anybody in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a pair of second-place finishes at Snetterton. After scoring a top-ten at Silverstone in the Supercup two weeks ago, the Porsche Scholar enjoyed his best weekend to date in Norfolk as he pressurised series leader Dan Cammish throughout the first race, adding a fastest lap for good measure. Returning to the circuit where he enjoyed his greatest success in single-seaters, Eastwood had earmarked the 2.9 mile circuit as one to make his mark and was duly on the pace from the word go in Friday practice. The young Northern Irishman's qualifying was compromised by traffic at Oulton Park and Croft, but there were no such problems for Eastwood at Snetterton, lining up second on the grid for both races. However, he felt there was still more time in the car and was determined not to allow Cammish to run away with it in race one. When the lights turned green, Eastwood doggedly pursued his Redline Racing team-mate until the intervention of an errant lapped car handed Cammish a reprieve, eventually finishing 1.7 seconds behind. "We got off to a good start and really started to push Dan. We were able to get close to him and challenge him for the lead, when with about four laps to go, we caught up with a backmarker and got tangled up with him. Dan got past him on the straight and I got stuck in the corner, which cost me a second and unfortunately that was my chance gone" A small mistake at Williams on the opening lap of race two meant Eastwood would face a tough ask to dislodge Cammish from the top spot, but got his head down and drove a clean race to finish just 1.5 seconds in arrears. In the second race again we had another good start into second, but we just went in a little hot and got a big bit of oversteer, which gave Dan a two second lead. We were able to close the gap to the end of the race and we were four hundredths off the fastest lap, but there just wasn’t enough to challenge for the win. Still, to be pushing Dan is a great position to be starting the second half of the year because we know that he’s a good benchmark for the top five in Supercup, so we're really happy with that. In only his fifth weekend in the championship, a first Carrera Cup win is now firmly in Eastwood's sights, although he's not lost sight of how far he has already come in his new discipline. "Of course you always want to win and you always want a little more, but you have to be realistic and see what you’re up against. To be right up at the sharp end against guys with Dan's experience and get fastest lap in race is great for my confidence - it’s been a really good weekend." Eastwood's next outing comes in two weeks’ time as the championship heads north to Knockhill in Scotland, where the youngster will look to continue his strong form.
  • 10 Jul 2016

    Eastwood marks Supercup debut with top-ten finish

    Charlie Eastwood capped an encouraging first outing in the Porsche Supercup with a top-10 finish at Silverstone on the British Grand Prix weekend. The 20-year-old Porsche Scholar finished right on the bumper of fellow guest driver and Carrera Cup GB championship leader Dan Cammish in tenth place after 10 frenetic laps of green-flag racing, which started behind the Safety Car due to Silverstone’s famously inclement weather. Although Eastwood had already raced at the Northampton venue this year in support of the World Endurance Championship, where he picked up two podium positions, the weekend would see the Northern Irishman pitched against the very best one-make Porsche drivers in the world, including one who has previous experience racing for the factory Porsche team in the WEC. As such, Eastwood headed into the weekend with very little by way of expectation, but came away with his confidence boosted having proved that he could mix it with vastly more experienced drivers. “It’s been a very productive weekend and given me a great insight into what’s needed if I do another Supercup round with regards to what the grip levels are like, because it was like driving a different car with the rubber on track. It was such a tough group of drivers out there as well, so it’s great to come away with a top-ten from the highest level of Porsche racing. I really enjoyed the experience and I’ll be taking a lot from it going into the rest of the season.” Eastwood was docked three places on the grid for a track limits violation in qualifying and started from 16th position, but didn’t let that distract him from the task in hand. Once the Safety Car peeled in after two slow laps, the Redline Racing rookie got his head down and steadily moved his way through the pack, with Michael Ammermueller and Christian Engelhart – both former winners in Supercup – powerless to hold him off in the tricky conditions. Eastwood believed further positions were possible, but was still delighted to have passed his first real test with flying colours. “There were five guest drivers in the top ten, so if you go to another Supercup round where there’s no guest drivers then that puts you around P6, which is really encouraging. The start was under Safety Car, so instead of starting from the eighth row it was the 16th row because we were single file and from there it was a lot harder to make up positions. In the end we were about a second quicker than the guys in front and we finished right behind them, so I think we definitely put on a good show.” It comes after a busy few weeks for Eastwood, who finished fifth in the Goodwood shootout with his regular Carrera Cup machine. “I’d never been to Goodwood before, so it was always a big part of my bucket list. I was really happy when I was told at the start of the year that I would be competing up the hill and we had another great result there in the shootout where the four cars in front of me had double the horsepower. All in all, it was a weekend of celebration and another really fantastic event to be a part of.”  His next outing in the Carrera Cup GB will be in three weeks’ time at Snetterton, Norfolk.
  • 20 Jun 2016

    Rookie win and points haul for Eastwood at Croft

    Porsche Carrera Cup Scholar Charlie Eastwood continued his debut season with his sixth rookie class win of the season and two points finishes at Croft. The fast and flowing 2.1 mile North Yorkshire circuit is notoriously hard on tyres, with lots of high-commitment corners that require a well-balanced car in order to achieve the best lap-times. Unlike the circuits the Carrera Cup GB has visited so far, this would be the first time Eastwood had raced at Croft, but despite this disadvantage, the 20-year-old managed the second quickest time in FP2. However, traffic meant he was unable to set a representative time on his second set of tyres in qualifying and the Redline Racing driver would have to settle for starting seventh and eighth. "We were P3 on the first set of tyres, but on the second set, which is always the faster, I wasn’t able to set a time due to the traffic. That put us seventh and eighth, so there was a lot of work to be done from there. " In Race One, Eastwood made his now customary excellent start around the outside to take fourth and top rookie, a position he held to the flag after seeing off pressure from team-mate Tom Oliphant. As the tyres deteriorated, the Ulsterman found himself at the head of a long line of cars bottled up behind Stephen Jelley for the final podium position, but the checkered flag came just too soon to make a move against the category veteran and add to his tally of three podiums so far this year. Nevertheless, Eastwood was able to take the rookie honours once again. "We made a change just before the race to help the rear tyre degradation and the guys up front definitely started to go off before ours did. In the last three or four laps we were really able to close down on them and with a couple more laps, a podium was definitely on the cards. All in all, it wasn’t a bad race coming from seventh." At the rolling start in Race Two, Eastwood was forced wide at turn two and lost ground to Alessandro Latif. A good exit from the hairpin meant Eastwood managed to get fully alongside, but Latif continued to move across his line until there was nowhere left to go. Being squeezed onto the grass and the subsequent loss of momentum would cost him a further two positions and drop Eastwood off the back of the lead group. Despite incurring some damage in the incident, Eastwood was able to recover to his original starting position with an opportunistic pass Euan MacKay into the high-speed Jim Clark Esses on Lap 7, followed by a decisive move on Sean Hudspeth into Clerveaux on Lap 8. "It could have been a lot worse than it actually was, I lost the front splitter which is really important around Croft and it dropped us behind the Pro-Am 1 guys. Once I got past them, without the front splitter it was going to be very hard to make any further progress." In the end, it was a case of what might have been for Eastwood, as he reaches the halfway point in the season fourth in points, having slipped behind Jelley in the standings. "It’s a little bit disappointing, it wasn’t the result that our pace deserved, but we’ve still got six wins and two seconds in the rookie points, so I’m very pleased with how it’s going this year. I’m now looking forward to seeing where I am against the big boys in the Supercup race at Silverstone in three weeks’ time and I’ve got Goodwood this weekend, so I’m keeping myself busy!" The next round of the championship will be held at more familiar climes of Snetterton in Norfolk, a circuit Eastwood has fond memories of, having taken two podiums there in BRDC F4.
  • 06 Jun 2016

    Another podium haul for Eastwood at Oulton

    After a long gap between Carrera Cup GB meetings, Porsche Scholar Charlie Eastwood got straight back on the pace at Oulton Park with another podium finish, his third finish in succession.

    The Northern Irishman has made an impressive start to his sports car career and continued that form in Race One.

    Qualifying third, Eastwood made a good start and maintained his position throughout the race until a red flag called a halt to proceedings five laps early. Having saved his tyres in the middle portion of the race, Eastwood was closing in on the battle for the lead between Redline Racing team-mate Dan Cammish and Stephen Jelley when the race was called.

    Although frustrated not to have the opportunity to attack Jelley, Eastwood was more than happy to take third, once again top rookie, which consolidates his third place in the overall point standings.

    "In the end it was a fairly simplistic race. Stephen had to drive very defensively for the majority of the race, so I think he’d overworked his tyres a bit and we were clawing it back when the red flag came out. That was a bit frustrating, but even though I would have been quicker than him, making it stick would have been very tough because Oulton Park is renowned for being a difficult track to pass on and Stephen is very good at car placement. All the same, it was good to take another good podium and gain ground on Dino in the points as well."

    However, qualifying for race two didn’t go quite as planned. With only one clear lap on his second set of tyres due to repeatedly hitting Pro-Am 2 traffic, Eastwood would face an uphill battle to come through from eighth.

    Knowing that a good first lap would be crucial, Eastwood made an excellent start to drive around the outside of Old Hall, before slipping inside team-mate Tom Oliphant into Cascades for sixth. Unfortunately the two made slight contact on corner exit, which knocked the tracking on Eastwood’s right front out of kilter – a particularly damaging impairment on a clockwise circuit predominantly consisting of right-handers.

    A slight mistake under braking for the chicane caused damage to the splitter and brought on worsening understeer, but Eastwood soon learned to drive around the problem and capitalised on a mistake from Tom Sharp at Lodge on the penultimate tour to take fifth.

    While adjusting for the steering he under braked at the chicane which caused damage to the splitter and brought on worsening understeer, but Eastwood soon learned to drive around the problem and capitalised on a mistake from Tom Sharp at Lodge on the penultimate tour to take fifth.

    Under the circumstances, it was a very reasonable result, although Eastwood finished a tantalising 0.132 behind Lewis Plato for fourth and best rookie at the line.

    "The start went to plan, then I came out of turn two, Tom was just trying to hang it around the outside and we made slight contact which put the tracking out by around 30 degrees. It took me a few laps to adapt to the difference in steering but once I got used to it I started pushing on and my pace at the end was actually quite good considering.

    Even though the second race was the lesser result, I’d say it was a better race for me. If you look at everyone else on the grid, they were only gaining one place or maybe two, so to go from eighth to fifth when everyone around us was on the same pace was quite good, especially with the damage I had. Looking back, I would have loved to have seen what my pace would have been like without damage…"

    Eastwood won’t have quite so long to wait for his next outing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, with Round 4 at Croft set to take place on the weekend of June 18-19.

  • 01 Oct 2017

    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!"