The Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain was out testing at Thruxton today, teams and drivers preparing for rounds five and six of the 2014 season at the spectacularly fast Hampshire circuit in May.
However, it was a new name topping the time sheets. Victor Jimenez, 2013 Pro-Am1 champion, put in a sterling effort to come out of the day with the fastest time. The Redline Racing driver’s lap was faster than Michael Meadows 2013 pole position time in the old generation Type 997 car. “It is ok but I don’t believe it!.” Commented the Spanish driver.
Meadows himself was second and also faster than his own 2013 pole time. The championship leader, who came away from the first meeting of the year at Brands Hatch with a full complement of race victory points, could have taken the fastest time if not for a red flag which restricted his late run on new tyres. “I am a bit disappointed, but I think we are ok on pace.” Said the ever competitive Samsung backed driver.
Championship new boy Oscar King endured a dramatic day; he ended testing with the third fastest time and an incident with Stephen Liquorish which halted the second session. Parr Motorsport’s entry added “The Carrera Cup is where I want to be and I have loved being in the car.”
Justin Sherwood took his Team Parker Racing car into sixth position and the head of the Pro-Am1 entry whilst it was Kelvin Fletcher who led the Pro-Am2 class. Fletcher had never been to Thruxton before, so his time was particularly admirable. “Here it is just about confidence and I cannot get over how fast it is. But it was great: very hard and very enjoyable.” The ex-Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge racer really was thrilled.
The Carrera Cup GB still has several weeks to wait before returning to Hampshire, with Donington Park in Derbyshire the championship’s next stop. With Jimenez’s stunning Thruxton form, Meadows may just be looking over his shoulder that little bit more in the run up to the second meeting of the year.