Michael Meadows Does The Donington Double

by James Broomhead
Michael Meadows, Donington Park

Michael Meadows, Donington Park

Michael Meadows notched up his third win of the year with a controlled performance in the second of the two Porsche Carrera Cup GB races at Donington Park, leading home Jonas Gelzinis, who picked up driver of the day.

The Lithuanian jumped into second place off the line past Sam Tordoff and – just like in the day's opening race – the chasing pack shadowed Meadows, with Gelzinis followed by Team Parker Racing duo Tordoff and Richard Plant.

Both men would suffer separate offs during the race that would drop them back. Tordoff ran wide exiting Coppice – skirting the gravel trap as Plant skipped by. Plant's slip came just two laps from the end of the race, running out of track on the outside of Redgate, leaving room for Daniel Lloyd and Tordoff to take third and fourth.

Though clear of the Team Parker Racing trio Gelzinis was not without fault. He kept pace with Meadows through the early laps, but shortly after half distance a mistake under braking at the Chicane – Gelzinis suggesting the possibility of fluid on the track – dropped the Juta Racing driver more than two seconds off Meadows' tail and into a second place safe ahead of Lloyd, who took the final podium spot from Tordoff on the penultimate lap, completing his drive up the order after starting sixth.

It was while battling Lloyd that race one podium winner Ben Barker crashed his Parr Motorsport car. Lloyd dived past into fourth at the old hairpin, Barker taking a tighter exit to get alongside through the left-hand kink of Schwantz Curve. Alas trying to go side-by-side and take up what would become the inside line of McLeans Barker hit some debris left by one of the earlier races. The chrome liveried Porsche snapped sideways and though Barker was able to stop the car spinning the car had veered onto the grass and crashed into the tyre barriers, ending his race.

In ProAm1 Ahmad AlHarthy also took a second win from the Donington weekend, this time withstanding pressure for almost the whole race from Derek Pierce who took another second place. The third placed man was also a repeat of race one, Victor Jiminez clinching another podium place after Keith Webster, Oly Mortimer and Michael Leonard all retired from in front of the Spaniard, Mortimer and Leonard tangling at Coppice.

Sole ProAm2 contestant Tania Mann completed the race, and so scored maximum points from the weekend.

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