UK Porsche Carrera Cup: Rookie Charlie Eastwood celebrates £50k bonus
Charlie Eastwood is still chasing his first victory in the UK Porsche Carrera Cup but he had 50,000 reasons to celebrate at Silverstone yesterday.
The 21-year-old Belfast driver fought his way through from 11th to finish third in the first of two rounds and that was enough to secure the rookie category ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch.
It means Eastwood picks up a £50,000 bonus to carry into next season.
He went on to finish fourth in the second race as Dan Cammish made it back-to-back wins to clinch the overall title for the second year in a row. Eastwood is third in the overall standings, still with a chance of finishing runner-up.
Meanwhile, a never-say-die Colin Turkington kept his faint hopes of a third British Touring Car title alive with a battling performance in the penultimate round of races at Silverstone.
Forced to start from the back of the grid because of penalties imposed from the previous rounds, the Portadown driver showed all his fighting qualities as he carved through the field from 30th place to finish 10th in his BMR Subaru Levorg.
Turkington was later promoted to eighth when the MGs of Ash Sutton and Josh Cook were disqualified from first and second because of a technical infringement.
He went on to score a pair of fourth place finishes and is seventh in the series, 37 points behind leader Sam Tordoff.