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Euan Hankey Takes Opening Porsche Win

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Euan Hankey took victory in Round three of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park, the Parker with Juta driver's second consecutive win in the series.

It was Sam Tordoff who made the best start to take the lead from pole sitter Jonas Gelzinis, with Hankey gaining multiple places at Redgate with an ambitious move around the outside of the right hander.

Behind, reigning champion Tim Harvey and championship leader coming into the race, Stephen Jelley, clashed wheels at the Old Hairpin, forcing Jelley to instantly retire with damaged suspension, with Harvey losing a lap after pitting to change a puncture.  

Team Parker Racing's Tordoff began to pull away at the front, with Hankey leading the chance, ahead of Juta Racing's Gelzinis, SAS/Redline pairing Michael Meadows and James Sutton and Tordoff's team mate Richard Plant.

Tordoff was looking good at the front until a mistake on lap seventeen. As he went to overtake a backmarker at the Old Hairpin, his car snapped into a spin, dropping him down the field and ruining his chance of taking a maiden Porsche win.

This left Hankey with a clear run to the flag, taking his second win of the year, with Meadows taking a strong second. Sutton took third and the championship lead in the process, with Plant fourth and Benji Hetherington fifth, his best result of the season.

Following his team mate home in sixth, winning the Pro-Am1 class in the process, was Redline/Oman Air's Ahmad Al Harthy, ahead of long time class leader Gelzinis, who was another to spin at the Old Hairpin. Tordoff eventually recovered to eighth, with Rory Butcher and Michael Caine completing the top ten. In Pro-Am2, Redline Racing's Andrew Shelley cruised to his first ever class victory, ahead of team mate Keith Webster and Celtic Speed's George Brewster, who recovered well after an early spin.

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