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

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 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

 

Two Podiums at 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season opener

Two Podiums at 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season opener

2nd April 2017: 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain Rookie Class Champion, Charlie Eastwood, picked up two podiums from both rounds of the 2017 season opener at Brands Hatch, Kent, this weekend.

The consistently quick BRDC Rising Star programme member from Belfast secured two front row grid positions during qualifying on Saturday by setting the second fastest lap time in both classifications.

Results: #28 Charlie Eastwood

Qualifying – Round 1 P2 – fastest lap 45.987 seconds (94.56 MPH)
Qualifying – Round 2 P2 – second fastest lap 46.008 seconds (94.51 MPH)
Round 1 - Result P2 - 34 laps, best lap time 46.774 seconds
Round 2 – Result P2 - 34 laps, best lap time 47.004 seconds

Charlie Eastwood commented:

“Qualifying was great; it was so close with the distance between first and fourth [position] only the length of a 911 car! We got off to a good start in both races and managed to navigate a lot of obstacles such as the safety car and back markers along the way. We were able to pull away with a four-five second lead, but although it was great that we had that pace we still need a little bit more when you finish second in the bunch.

“The track is so tight and hard to pass at Brands, especially when you have a driver like Dan [Cammish] ahead of you who won’t make many mistakes. The Redline Racing guys did a mega job to give us both the pace today and we are much closer than we were last year, so it puts us in a good position moving forward in this year’s championship.”

Rounds 3 and 4 take place on Easter Weekend, April 15/16, at Donington Park. The second race of Porsche Carrera Cup GB 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 40 points
2nd Charlie Eastwood #28 Redline Racing 36 points
3rd Dino Zamparelli #8 JTR 28 points

 

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain Calendar 2017

Rounds 1 and 2 April 01/02 Brand Hatch (Indy Circuit), Kent
Rounds 3 and 4 April 15/16 Donington Park Circuit, Leicestershire
Rounds 5 and 6 May 20/21 Oulton Park Circuit, Cheshire
Round 7 June 17/18 Le Mans, Sarthe, France
Rounds 8 and 9 July 29/30 Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk
Rounds 10 and 11 August 12/13 Knockhill, Fife, Scotland
Rounds 12 and 13 September 16/17 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire
Rounds 14 and 15 Sept. 30/Oct. 01 Brands Hatch (Grand Prix Circuit), Kent

 

Eastwood breaks through for first win at Brands

Eastwood breaks through for first win at Brands

Charlie Eastwood concluded his Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign in style with a first-ever win at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit and third in the points standings. The Northern Irishman’s maiden triumph also came from his first series pole position in a lights-to-flag domination that will give his rivals pause for thought ahead of the 2017 campaign. 

Having been confirmed as the rookie class champion a round early at Silverstone, Eastwood came into the weekend with no pressure on his shoulders and the carrot of outright second in the standings dangling in front of him if he could outscore Dino Zamparelli by 14 points. 

The Porsche Scholar got off to the best possible start in pursuit of that goal during Saturday’s rain-affected qualifying session, skimming over the puddles quicker than everybody else to land himself on pole for the first race and third for race two. 

The whole track was fully wet, but there’s a lot more grip out on the Grand Prix track than on the Indy circuit, so you had to pretend that it’s two different tracks. Fortunately we were able to pop in a great lap at the end for our first pole of the year which put us in the best possible position to start”

Eastwood wasted no time on formalities and shot off the line into the lead at the start, before a Safety Car bunched the pack back together again. Although he was now in unfamiliar territory, the Northern Irishman showed no sign of nerves and controlled the race from the front, pulling enough of a gap over the chasing Dan Lloyd that he could focus his attentions on managing the tyres in the event of another Safety Car. 

In the end, he needn’t have worried and crossed the line with a comfortable 1.3 second margin. 

“It wasn’t so much that I was nervous, but there was a fair bit of pressure on it because you know you’ve got one chance to get the win, otherwise you’ll spend the whole of the winter thinking where you could have done a bit better. There were so many people there and everybody was pulling for me to win, but in the end it went perfectly. We got a great start and we were able to manage the gap, if he got close we could always pull a bit more. It was really controlled and an amazing feeling when I crossed the line.”

The emotional victory in front of the Porsche GB top brass reduced Eastwood’s deficit to just nine points going into the season finale, but any hopes of getting on terms with second-placed Zamparelli were dashed on lap two, when Jonas Gelzinis levered open the door at the fast Hawthorn Bend. 

Despite setting a fastest lap just 0.068s off the outright quickest of the entire race, it took Eastwood until lap 15 before he returned serve at the same corner. However, he had run out of laps to catch Zamparelli and would have to settle for third, his tenth podium visit from 16 races

“We were really trying to pressure Dino as we could still get second in the championship, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. As soon as I got Gelzinis back, we were able to chase down the leaders, but it was just a little too late, but we showed we had the pace again.”

Whilst it came just too late to have much of an impact on his position in the 2016 standings, Eastwood’s debut win has given him huge confidence lift for next year, where he hopes to fight for the title outright – regardless of whether reigning double champion Dan Cammish chooses to return.

“It’s a real monkey off my back, we were so close on so many occasions now we’ve got that first win, it stands us in a really good stead for next year. If Dan isn’t there then we should be very confident, but even if he does come back, he should push him from the start as we showed in the second half of the year. Now that we know that we can get the job done, hopefully we can hit the ground running at the start of next year.”

Mission Accomplished for Rookie Class Champion Eastwood

Mission Accomplished for Rookie Class Champion Eastwood

Charlie Eastwood clinched the Porsche Carrera Cup GB rookie class title with a scintillating podium display at Silverstone’s National Circuit.

Following a second consecutive double podium weekend at Knockhill, the 21 year-old arrived in Northamptonshire poised to continue his good run of form late in the season.

Eastwood pocketed his £50,000 rookie class prize with a surging run through the field from 11th on the grid in race one. The Porsche Scholar wasted no time in picking off his rivals, moving up five positions on the first two laps before dispatching Lewis Plato – his chief opponent in the rookie standings – heading through Woodcote. The overtakes didn’t stop there, as Eastwood charged past Dino Zamparelli with a gutsy move on the inside at Copse, before moving into podium territory with a well-timed late braking manoeuvre heading into Brooklands.

He then came under pressure from Stephen Jelley towards the end, but produced a stern defensive drive to keep his hard earned third place. The result netted him a further 16 points in the championship, which was more than enough to seal the rookie class title with three races to spare.

That was the plan all year. We’ve been improving every single race and chipping away at it, so to have the rookie championship wrapped up as soon as we have is a great feeling. We had a problem with glazed brakes in qualifying, so 11th wasn’t where our pace was, but we got a really good start and just picked them all off one by one.

It was definitely my best race in a Porsche. We still had some problems with the brakes and with the tyres locking up; without that, second might have been on the cards, but it was a great recovery from where we were. 

The second 28-lap contest saw the Northern Irishman deliver another strong performance to finish fourth and notch up his 12th top five finish of 2016. Starting from the inside this time in seventh, Eastwood again made inroads on his opening lap, passing two cars to assert himself in the top five. 

After stretching out a lead to the group behind, Eastwood was forced to defend when a safety car bunched up the field on lap eight. Determined to keep the heat on the race leaders towards the end, he pushed on to escape the clutches of the chasing pack, finishing just three seconds shy of third position.

We started seventh and got a good start, we didn’t have the dominant pace that we had in the first one but to come away with a third and fourth from eleventh and seventh is a lot better than we expected this morning! 

An impressive 30 point weekend at Silverstone safeguards Eastwood’s place in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB top three. Although the overall championship is now out of reach, just 14 points separate him from second place heading into the final round of the year at Brands Hatch on October 2nd.

Hopefully if we get the qualifying back to where it needs to be we can challenge as we have at Snetterton and Knockhill. There’s only 14 points between myself and Dino Zamparelli in the championship for second, so I’ll be trying my hardest to grab some points off him in the first race and set it up for a battle in the second race.