Tom Sharp and the crew of the colourful IDL Racing machine the former Ginetta racer pilots, head to round six of the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a spring in their step following both driver and team’s first podium finish in a Porsche race last time out at Snetterton.
For Sharp the result is a monkey off his back, after showing great potential over the first half of his 2015 campaign. Reflecting on his Norfolk based success, he says “It’s been a truly fantastic weekend and I’m delighted to have come away with my first Carrera Cup GB podium finish. Thank you to all the team for giving me a brilliant race car, and to all my sponsors and family for their support.”
To see a small team succeed amongst some of the top names in Porsche racing was tremendous and Sharp’s joy reflects the dedication, effort and hard work required to bring the operation this point.
“We are the smallest team in the paddock and it’s very difficult starting from scratch against teams and drivers that have so much experience in the championship,” illustrates the long time Ginetta veteran.
He continues, “Every time I get in the car, me and the team learn something new, every race I pick up on something and we’re just making sure we make the best use of all these things and truthfully I think we have done.”
Knockhill in Scotland is the venue for the next chapter in a thus far enthralling Carrera Cup GB season. Such a unique circuit provides the opportunity for shock results and this really could be a chance for Sharp to scale yet further up the rostrum. “We’ve shown good pace from the start of the season, but it’s very difficult to put it all together and this (at Snetterton) is the first weekend we’ve been able to do that,” explains Tom.
His ambition for the end of his debut Porsche campaign? “I’m under no false illusions that the rest of the year is going to be difficult, it’s going to be even harder if anything, so we just need to keep the momentum going and really we want to bag the Rookie Cup at the end of the season.” Amongst such a competitive and talented field, such an achievement would rightfully go down in Porsche’s illustrious history books.