James Sutton Sweeps Thruxton PCCGB Races

James Sutton made it two from two, winning the second Porsche Carrera Cup GB race at Thruxton to extend his championship lead to 19 points over Euan Hankey.

As in race one Sutton held onto the advantage given by his pole position starting spot to lead all the way until the checkered flag. Compared to the earlier race when he was followed closely by Hankey throughout the race The SAS/Redline Racing driver comparitievly eased to victory, with a 2.4 second lead at the end of the 21 laps.

However, the advantage at the end of the race was over Stephen Jelley, rather than Hankey, the two Parker with Juta men fighting over second place as Hankey increasingly fought against worn tyres.

On the penultimate lap Jelley – suffering none of the same problems as his teammate – moved around the outside of his teammate at the Club chicane. He outbraked Hankey to move alongside as the pair turned in, forcing Hankey into a tighter line than normal – a line his worn Michelin tyres were unable to keep him on, forcing him wide, cutting across the chicane, handing Jelley second place.

Behind the podium finishers Jonas Gelzinis was again dominating Pro-Am1 and frustrating Pro drivers at the same time. Michael Meadows, in the second SAS sponsored car, was the first man behind Gelzinis. Both drivers took their own trips across the run-off at the chicane after outbraking themselves, but Meadows completed the pass on the Lithuanian on lap 16, a simple move to the inside of the right-hander at Campbell.

Rory Butcher survived a spin at the chicane to score another second in in the Pro-Am1 class, finishing down in eleventh overall after leading Pro drivers Sam Tordoff, Ben Hetherington and Richard Plant before his lap 14 spin.

In Pro-Am2 George Brewster made up for his race one disappointment to win the class comfortably (by sixteen seconds) from Keith Webster. Andrew Shelley, who had won the class in the day's earlier race – though only after Webster was excluded – was knocked out of contention for his won double win at the first corner in a tangle with Steve Parish.

Instead Shelley had to make do with fourth in class, Richard Denny completing the class podium.