Fascinating Porsche Battle Heads To Rockingham

The 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads to Rockingham this weekend for Rounds Fourteen and Fifteen of the Nineteen race season, with the series set to present its exciting three way championship fight to the Northamptonshire crowd.

Leading the way at the moment is SAS/Redline's Michael Meadows, who took the championship lead after a win and a second place last time out at Knockhill. He holds a nine point lead over Parker with Juta's Stephen Jelley, who had led after a double win at Snetterton, but slipped behind after a tricky weekend in Scotland. Three points further adrift is Meadows' team-mate James Sutton, who led the championship early on in the year and will be hoping to collect as many of the 42 points on offer this weekend as he can to get himself back in front.

Behind the front three there are a group of quality drivers all looking to steal the limelight from the title protagonists. Leading them is Parker with Juta's Euan Hankey, who also took a win and a second in Scotland and is still an outsider for the championship. Young chargers Richard Plant, Sam Tordoff and Ben Hetherington will all be looking to impress, as will Kieran Vernon, who took over from former champion Tim Harvey at Nationwide/Motorbase earlier in the season.
As well as the main fight, the title battles are raging in both the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 categories. In Pro-Am1, Juta Racing's Jonas Gelzinis has a decent points lead, but will face another tough battle with Rory Butcher, Ahmad Al Harthy and Derek Pierce this weekend, while in Pro-Am2, a double home win last time out for George Brewster moved him to the top, but Keith Webster, Richard Denny and Steve Parish are still well in the hunt.
Joining the grid for one weekend at Rockingham will be Chris Dyer, the Yorkshireman lining up with Parr Motorsport as his prize for winning the 2010 Porsche Club Championship.

Dyer, who made his first visit to Rockingham in the Porsche Club series earlier this summer, said: “It's going to be a big learning curve and it's certainly a case of in at the deep end. I've driven a GT3 on the road, but I've never raced one. It's a big step up from my 944 S2.  I'm definitely looking forward to it and at least I don't have to learn the circuit.”