Stephen Jelley took the championship lead in the Pro class with a decisive victory in round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton today. Jonas Gelzinis scored an impressive victory in the Pro-Am 1 class while Keith Webster secured first place in Pro-Am 2.
Starting from second place on the grid Jelley leapt in to the lead on the opening lap through Agostini’s as he overtook pole-sitter Michael Meadows and didn’t look back once, “He left the door open and I went for it,” said Jelley. “I was a bit hesitant on the brakes,” said Meadows. Ben Hetherington pushed through to third place from the start but was given a drive through penalty for a jump start.
Ben Barker made an impressive debut as he worked his way up the grid from sixth place, by the third lap he passed Richard Plant and Euan Hankey to take the final Pro podium spot. With the laps counting down Barker put the pressure on Meadows, giving Jelley space to breath and cement his lead.
The closing laps would see Plant and Hankey close the gap to make it a five-car train at the front of the field, as the chequered flag went out there was 2 seconds covering the top 5 positions after nearly 30 minutes of racing.
“It was never comfortable and I thought that Ben Barker coming up might be a good thing for me,” said Jelley after the race. “This could be an important weekend for the championship.”
Cambridge-born Ben Barker took an impressive third place on his PCCGB debut. “I didn't want to take any big risks,” said Barker, who has been taking part in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup. “The podium was good for me and I had a great car from Parr.” TCF Blogger Plant would match his best finish of the season as he secured fourth place ahead of Hankey in fifth.
Pro-Am 1 saw Gelzinis take an impressive sixth place overall along with the class victory ahead of Por runner and former championship leader James Sutton. “It was a bit difficult when Sutton was behind me but I managed to pull away,” said the Lithuanian.
With Gelzinis out front in his class the real battle for Pro-Am 1 was contested between Derek Pierce, Ahmad Al Harthy, Rory Butcher and Freddy Nordstrom. Al Harthy would lose out after contact with Alex Martin pitched him in to a spin , similarly Pierce would spin in an unrelated incident with Butcher out of contention. Martin would take second place while Butcher took third along with Daniele Perfetti in fourth place.
Pro-Am 2 saw Yucel Ozbek, Keith Webster and George Brewster do battle for the honours, the race would see them all take turns in the lead and all have spins. In the end Webster would take the win while Brewster fought for a close second. Ozbek would lose out after his spin leaving Richard Denny to pick up the pieces and take the final podium position. “Ozbek pulled off a brilliant move on me and then threw it off at the next corner,” said Webster. “The whole thing hinged on two mistakes; one by Keith and one by me,” said Brewster. “It was fantastic racing!”
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