Michael Meadows won round eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park in dominant fashion to record his second lights to flag victory of the weekend.
Starting from pole, Meadows made a good getaway to hold the race lead on the run to the first corner. The Samsung Smart Motorsport driver showed good pace in the early stages of the race to pull a commanding lead over Team Parker Racing’s Dan Lloyd who had started alongside him on the front row of the grid. This proved decisive as despite his best efforts Lloyd was never able to make significant inroads into the gap which allowed Meadows to control the race and cruise to a five second victory.
He said: “We fixed the (setup) problems from race one and we had a huge win so it’s exactly what I came here to do.
“Once I got the gap I sort of broke the toe on Dan and maybe broke his spirit as well. I wanted to lay down a marker this weekend that I was the deserving winner!”
Second place for Lloyd saw him match his result from race one and claim his fourth straight podium finish. He said: “It was a very very hard race even though I was on my own for most of it. It was so warm and I was just trying not to make a mistake. It’s a shame we couldn’t keep up with Michael like yesterday, we thought we could challenge him today but he certainly picked up his pace.
“It’s just great to have two seconds, other people haven’t had fantastic weekends so mega, good weekend. I’m definitely back in the championship hunt now it’s a long old season, six rounds left, anything can happen.”
Rory Butcher was third, his first podium finish of the season, after passing Dean Stoneman at Island two laps from the end. Butcher’s relief was clear for all to see at the end of the race after a tough start to his 2013 campaign.
He said: “It feels really really good. Myself and the team have had a really hard season, we expected to get podiums every single round this year and it’s just not happened so we’re absolutely delighted with third.”
Stoneman crossed the line fourth after struggling with tyre degradation in the closing stages of the race.
Jonas Gelzinis was fifth ahead of Pro-Am1 winner Karl Leonard who was sixth overall.
Dan De Zille came out on top of a race long battle with team mate Victor Jiminez by less than three tenths of a second to finish seventh overall and second in class.
James Birch was a distant ninth, his first points scoring finish in Carrera Cup GB.
While Pete Smallwood was once again victorious in Pro-Am2.
For the full race classification see here.
Rounds nine and ten of the championship take place at Croft on the weekend of the 22nd/23rd of June.