Michael Meadows has re-asserted his authority over the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain in 2014; the double champion will line-up on pole for both of tomorrow’s races at Thruxton.
After only eight laps around the fast sweeps of the Hampshire track, Meadows had managed to take pole positions based on best and second best lap times for races five and six of the championship. “I needed to push on two laps on each set of tyres and that is what I did. It all felt good,” said the Samsung UHD TV Racing driver.
His teammate at Redline Racing, Josh Webster, will take second position on the grid for both of tomorrow’s encounters. The youngster took a debut Porsche victory last time out at Donington Park and was pleased with his qualifying results. “To be a tenth off Michael on both grids is really good,” he added.
Spaniard Victor Jimenez completed a Redline Racing 1, 2, 3 on the grid for both competitions; not quite able to replicate his form from the series’ test at the venue last month.
Mark Cole returns to the Carrera Cup GB this weekend, piloting Welch Motorsport’s entry. He will be fourth on the grid for both races. Originally he was listed as a Pro-Am1 entry and was considered to be on class pole. Since qualifying though, he has been moved up to the Pro class. As a result, it is Graeme Mundy who has a double Pro-Am1 class pole. “I feel there is a bit more time in both me and the car,” said the In2Racing driver.
Mundy will be the only Pro-Am1 entry to take part in any racing action on Sunday, Justin Sherwood was the only other man listed to compete in the class for this weekend. However, the Team Parker Racing driver crashed at the fast Goodwood corner during qualifying. The accident halted the session early on and the resultant damage has ended his weekend.
Steven Liquorish led Kelvin Fletcher and Peter Kyle-Henney in Pro-Am2 in both aspects of the qualifying session. The trio are sure to provide some fantastic action in both races. However, the order may well change with the pole sitter admitting: “I had a problem with the timer display and ended up doing more laps and took a lot out of the tyres.”
Meadows will want to return to winning ways tomorrow, after his disastrous first corner clash with Karl Leonard in race two at Donington Park denied him a possible double victory. With a double pole position this weekend, you would find it difficult to bet against him.