Meadows Secures Double Oulton Park Pole


Michael Meadows claimed pole position for both rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park during Saturday’s qualifying session.

The Samsung Smart Motorsport driver who had topped the times in testing on Friday set a new lap record on his way to pole, producing a best time of 1m22.788s to head the field by two tenths of a second.

He said: “It was actually quite a strange session I thought the times would come very quickly and I think after the first run the best I’d done was only a 23.2, so maybe the track was a bit slower than yesterday. But I’d got good grip on the two laps on the second set (of tyres), a 22.7 was good and I think I had a little bit more in me, just overdrove probably, just too eager to put a bigger gap to them but I can’t complain.”

Championship leader Jonas Gelzinis and Thruxton winner Dan Lloyd took a second place apiece in what proved a close pursuit of Meadows.

Gelzinis was slightly fortunate to be able to make a last gasp charge towards the front row having survived a brush with the tyres at Knickerbrook earlier in the session. However, he will start the second race from fifth.

Lloyd will start the first race from third before taking his place alongside Meadows on the front row for the second race of the weekend.

Celtic Speed’s Rory Butcher was fourth fastest for both races, around half a second adrift of Meadows.

Dean Stoneman’s qualifying session came to a premature end as he made heavy contact with the tyre bales at Knickerbrook after just three laps of running. Up until this point Stoneman had headed the running but as he sat out the remainder of the session, it allowed the others time to overhaul him, leaving him fifth for the first race and third for the second.

In Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard and Dan De Zille claimed a pole and a second place start each, with Victor Jiminez third.

While in Pro-Am2 sole competitor Pete Smallwood showed decent pace despite a late off at Lodge.

For the full classification see here.