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Harvey lifts Carrera Cup crown.

Tim Harvey was crowned champion in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch after finishing second to Tim Bridgman in final race of the season.

In the pro-am1 category, Nigel Rice clinched the title at the expense of Tony Gilham as the season wrapped up in style in front of a huge crowd at the Kent circuit.

"I've been very close to this title before," said Harvey. "I haven't enjoyed my racing as much in years; the cars are great and the competition is brilliant."

Having finished championship runner-up three times in the previous four seasons, it was an emotional result for Harvey at the end of a tough season of racing against Michael Caine.

Rice meanwhile, retained the pro-am1 title in the final race after a fighting drive to seventh overall to finally overtake Gilham in the title contest. While Rice earned the 'driver of the weekend' award, Red Line Racing was announced as the 'team of the weekend'.

Bridgman was the dominant race winner, converting pole position into a lead that he held for every lap of the race. With Harvey running second, and content to drive a measured race knowing that title rival Caine was behind, Bridgman was untroubled, even when his five-second lead was lost as the safety car came out.

The safety car was needed after Michael Leonard spun at Clearways and the closely following Glynn Geddie and Pippa Mann could not avoid the spinning car. Gilham was very lucky to avoid Leonard and escaped the incident with a damaged door. But with three cars damaged, the safety car came out while the track was cleared.

From the restart, Bridgman swept clear once more and rebuilt his lead to over three seconds at the flag.

"I wanted to dominate this race; I feel that I deserve more than I've had this season and I really wanted to prove it," said Bridgman after an emphatic victory.

Second place was more than enough for Harvey to be confirmed as champion, while Caine was third and an ever-present shadow for Harvey. "The pace of the car has been good and the support I've had from my sponsors has been tremendous," said Caine after a superb season.



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