Stoneman Takes Final Win; Meadows Champion

Michael Meadows has been crowned the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion after a measured drive to sixth place in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch, an encounter won by Dean Stoneman.

Samsung Smart Motorsport’s Meadows was set to start the live-televised finale from pole position, but knowing he only needed to finish the race to secure back-to-back titles, he elected to start from the pit lane.

That meant Daniel Lloyd slotted ahead of Stoneman and Round 19 winner Rory Butcher at the start, the latter escaping a first corner touch with Stoneman to hold third.

Lloyd produced a great drive to lead the majority of the race, but in the final few laps, Stoneman began to close. Into Paddock for the final lap, Stoneman pulled down the inside at Druids, with slight contact causing Lloyd to spin.

Stoneman went off to victory, with Lloyd recovering to salvage second while Butcher completed the podium. Dan De Zille grabbed fourth late on from Jonas Gelzinis, fifth for the latter not being enough to overhaul Meadows, who produced a composed drive through the field to stay out of trouble and take the title with sixth.

“It was one of those races where it was greasy and a bit messy and hard to win it, so I went for the points.  There have been plenty of lows and plenty of highs this season, and this has been the best one of all,” said a jubilant Meadows.

Stoneman added: “That was a good race. Mid-race I wondered how the tyres would hold up because the track was drying out a bit. I was going steady and on the last lap I went for the cut back at Paddock and got up the inside at Druids.”

With Victor Jimenez out early with suspension damage, George Brewster took the Pro-Am 1 win in seventh overall ahead of Justin Sherwood, with James Birch joining Jimenez on the retirements list.