Sam Tordoff continued to dominate Snetterton in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB race one as he led from start to finish. Victor Jiminez took the victory in Pro-Am1 and Fraser O’Brien took a debut victory in Pro-Am2.
There was drama before the race started as a water pipe detached on fourth-placed driver Ben Barker’s Porsche on the formation lap, a delay ensued while the marshals cleaned up the track.
After securing an impressive double pole position yesterday Tordoff lead away with a near perfect start to lead the field in to Riches. Michael Meadows and Andy Meyrick pushed hard to slot in to second and third. “My start wasn’t strong and there was not much more I could do,” said Meadows. “The pace was too even to do anything.”
Tordoff would control the race from the opening as he pulled out a 1 second lead on the first lap.
Further down the field Derek Pierce and Pro-Am1 pole-sitter Michael Leonard came together, Pierce spun out and Leonard limped back to the pitlane. Ahmad Al Harthy moved in to the class lead while Leonard pitted for a new front right tyre, unfortunately the Irish luck was not with Leonard and he would retire a lap later with bent steering as a result of the incident.
Jonas Gelzinis pushed hard from fourth with Meadows and Meyrick trying to chase down the flying Tordoff. A small mistake from the Lithuanian resulted in a half spin at Agostini’s, as he rejoined he moved across the track and in to the side of Pro-Am1 leader Al Harthy. Gelzinis would finish the race in eighth but be disqualified after the race and docked four points. Unfortunately for the Oman Air Redline Racing driver he would be forced out of the race.
Rory Bucher and Daniel Lloyd fought hard over fourth place with Lloyd making the move on the final lap to finish ahead of the Scot.
With Al Harthy out of the race Victor Jimenez took the Pro-Am1 win ahead of a chasing Oly Mortimer and Keith Webster who drove the closing stages with blurred vision after a lens fell out of his glasses. “I’m very happy: it was a difficult race,” said Jiminez.
Fraser O’Brien made the perfect start to his Porsche Carrera Cup GB career as he took victory in the Pro-Am2 class followed home by Will Goff and Tania Mann.