Meadows Cruises To Win In Second Thruxton Race


Michael Meadows claimed a lights to flag victory in the second Porsche Carrera Cup GB race of the weekend at Thruxton on Sunday.

The Samsung Smart Motorsport driver won from race one victor Dan Lloyd with Jonas Gelzinis third.

As the race got underway Meadows didn’t make the perfect getaway but did enough to fend off fellow front row starter Lloyd, into the first corner, Allard.

As they reached the Complex, third placed man Dean Stoneman ran wide and was forced to take to the grass which allowed Rory Butcher and Gelzinis through, demoting him to fifth.

Meadows pulled immediately clear of the field stretching his lead to over five seconds by lap ten while Lloyd, Butcher, Gelzinis and Stoneman ran closely together.

On lap 15 there was drama for Stoneman as a front tyre failure damaged his radiator and forced him to retire from the race; his first DNF of the season.

There were more tyre problems a lap later as Butcher who had been pressurising Lloyd for second slowed with a puncture. He limped back to the pits and was able to rejoin seventh which was where he would finish.

As the race entered the closing stages Meadows backed off knowing his victory was secure which allowed Lloyd to close the gap to him. At the flag the pair were separated by just over a second, which didn’t really reflect the ease with which Meadows won.

Of his victory, Meadows said: “The worry was having to race in the later stages of the race, so I got my head down and built the gap.  It was a perfect race strategy.”

Lloyd said: “I was hoping to catch Michael, but he did a very good job. I’m really happy: it’s been a great weekend and a good result going into the break before Oulton Park.”

Gelzinis finished a rather lonely third, moving him into the lead of the championship.

Richard Kent was fourth in the second of the Samsung cars despite a trip across the chicane in the early stages of the race.

Victor Jiminez finished fifth overall and in doing so won Pro-Am1. Yucel Ozbek claimed a career best sixth overall and second in class with Dan De Zille third in the category and eighth overall, behind Butcher.

For the full race classification see here.

The championship resumes at Oulton Park on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June.