The Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain burst into life at Brands Hatch, with two fast paced races on the tight and twisty Indy Circuit.
Ben Barker may have been disappointed after qualifying on Saturday; he was beaten to both pole positions by reigning double champion Michael Meadows. However, two stunning starts on race day (the second from the newly introduced rolling start procedure) would prove decisive and he romped to a double victory. “That has been a mega weekend and the rolling start was great.” Commented the VIP entry, who will now return to Porsche Supercup duties for the Verva Lechner Racing team.
Meadows was runner up in both encounters; he takes the full quota of race victory points though as Barker was only entered as a guest driver. The Redline Racing contender was conservative during both races and appeared reluctant to chase after Barker. This was probably the most intelligent decision, bearing in mind the championship implications a non-finish can have. “This was not a time for taking risks.” Confirmed the championship leader.
Josh Webster was third in race one but beaten to the podium by a mighty Jake Hill in race two. Hill, who finished fourth in the season opener, pushed past Webster at Graham Hill Bend on lap one and then resolutely held off the former single seater racer as he attacked again at the race’s conclusion. “I am quite proud of myself for holding Josh off and the last 10 laps were amazing.” Added the ex Ginetta racer.
Karl Leonard beat Justin Sherwood and Kieran Gallagher to victory in the opening salvo of the Pro-Am1 class, despite receiving a five second time for exceeding track limits. “I was disappointed to get the time penalty, but I still won Pro-Am1, which was the main thing.” Said the Team Parker Racing driver.
However, Leonard’s luck ran out in race two, when contact with the Pro class car of Paul Rees at Druids eventually resulted in retirement from the class lead. Sherwood moved ahead to take the spoils from Gallagher. “I am happy with the result for my first weekend and only my third day in the car.” Commented Sherwood.
Will Goff led Pro-Am2 for much of race one but two uncharacteristic errors at Graham Hill Bend sent him tumbling down the order. This allowed Stephen Liquorish to take the victory from constant challenger Peter Kyle-Henney and Redline Racing’s Kelvin Fletcher. “I am chuffed to bits, particularly because qualifying wasn’t brilliant.” Added delighted Team Parker Racing contender Liquorish.
Goff fulfilled his potential with a class win in race two, followed home by Liquorish and Kyle-Henney, who fought race long with Fletcher. “That was much better. I got a good start and got away.” Exclaimed a delighted Goff after the second race.
Round two of the Carrera Cup GB takes place in just under 3 weeks time at the legendary Donington Park circuit in Derby. Meadows is looking ominously imperious after our first two races but anything can happen in Motor Racing. With a field containing so much talent, it probably will.