The Porsche Carrera Cup GB paddock has packed it’s bags and headed to Belgium this week for the second meeting of the 2015 season at Spa-Francorchamps.
After visiting Le Mans last season, the latest away day for the sportscar championship sees it slot into the support bill for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Dan Cammish dominated the Brands Hatch season opener four weeks ago and leads the title tussle for Redline Racing heading to Belgium. In the second race he valiantly fought past Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing) but in qualifying, which is the ultimate test of who is the fastest, it was the ex-BTCC man on top.
Michael Meadows from the Samsung UHD TV Racing operation and reigning champion Josh Webster (Team Parker Racing) completed the podium of that second race but the last time the latter was at Spa, he was upside down with a written off car in testing. How he bounces back from such a moment will be a talking point for the weekend.
IDL Racing return to the scene of one of Tom Sharp’s biggest accidents in last year’s British GT event, and the ex- Ginetta man was in the hunt at Brands, even if he did slightly blot his copy-book with an incident in race two that saw him beached in the gravel trap.
Looking to Pro-Am1 it is Ignas Gelzinis and Juta Racing who head the standings but a number of the leading contenders, including Redline Racing duo Jordan Witt and Jack Falla, ended up in strife particularly in the second race at Brands. For many the season really starts at the Ardennes venue.
Finally, the Pro-Am2 class is back with the same bite it featured in 2014 and for many of the Gentleman drivers, by name perhaps if not nature, the experience of a life time awaits at Spa. Francis Galashan survived a brutal weekend to lead the class for GT Marques, with Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) and Paul McKay (In2Racing) in hot and spectacular pursuit.
For those not lucky enough to be heading across Europe to watch the racing live, you can follow the action on The Checkered Flag, as well as through live timing and some television coverage.
The action for the bumper Carrera Cup grid starts tomorrow and stretches across the next three days:
Thursday 30th April:
Free Practice 1 – 10:15
Free Practice 2 – 14:45
Friday 1st May:
Qualifying – 11:20
Race One – 15:20 (30 mins)
Saturday 2nd May:
Race Two – 11:15 (45 mins)
(All times are GMT, UK)
As for television coverage, Motors TV UK (Sky 447, Freeview 71) are showing a 90 minute highlights show at 8pm on Saturday evening, with repeats to come during the following week (schedule to be confirmed).