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Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Porsche Stars Prepare For Thrilling Season Climax

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Current Championship Leader, SAS/Redline's Michael Meadows

 

Michael Meadows, Stephen Jelley and James Sutton are getting set to fight it out this weekend for the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, the three drivers heading into the final rounds at Silverstone split by just twelve points, setting the series up for an electrifying finale.

SAS/Redline's Meadows currently leads the way after a consistently strong season in which he has taken top six finishes in every race, including two wins and eight other podiums. Parker with Juta's Jelley is hot on his heels though after winning last time out at Brands Hatch, his fifth win of the year, while Meadow's team-mate Sutton is also in the fight after twelve podiums so far, including three wins. All three will be desperate to secure the title, so are sure to provide two enthralling encounters.  

Looking set to miss out on a chance of challenging for the title after a mixed season is Euan Hankey,  despite the Parker with Juta star matching team-mate Jelley's win count of five. The former Porsche Scholarship winner will be hoping to take more wins at the final rounds and end the year with the most victories of any driver.

Also looking to end their season's on a high will be four Carrera Cup rookies who have all impressed during their maiden campaigns. Team Parker Racing duo Richard Plant and Sam Tordoff sit fifth and seventh in the points respectively after both establishing themselves as comfortable top six finishers, taking one podium each so far.

Also impressing are the most recent Porsche Scholarship victors Benji Hetherington and Kieran Vernon. Hetherington has had a consistent first season, with a best result of fourth, while Vernon has impressed since joining the series at the fourth meeting of the year Oulton Park, taking three top six finishes in the last four races.

2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Standings:

  1. Michael Meadows – 282 points
  2. Stephen Jelley – 272 points
  3. James Sutton – 270 points
  4. Euan Hankey – 231 points
  5. Richard Plant – 160 points

The Pro-Am1 class champion has already been confirmed as Jonas Gelzinis, the Lithuanian securing the title for Juta Racing last time out at Brands Hatch after a dominant season, meaning he's now focused on trying to snatch fifth away from Plant in the overall standings.

The fight for second is still very much on though, with Rory Butcher currently holding the advantage, though the young Scot is only 14 points ahead of Ahmad Al Harthy, who in turn is under pressure from Derek Pierce for third in the standings.

Pro-Am 1 Standings:

  1. Jonas Gelzinis – 168 points
  2. Rory Butcher – 97 points
  3. Ahmad Al Harthy – 83 points
  4. Derek Pierce – 71 points
  5. George Richardson – 52 points

The battle for Pro-Am2 is still raging though, with just three points separating George Brewster and Keith Webster at the top of the class standings. Behind, third place is still being hotly contested between Richard Denny, Tommy Dreelan and Steve Parish, meaning its all to play for in Pro-Am2 at Silverstone.

Pro-Am 2 Standings:

  1. George Brewster  – 121 points
  2. Keith Webster – 118 points
  3. Richard Denny – 99 points
  4. Tommy Dreelan – 85 points
  5. Steve Parish – 81 points
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