Barker To The Top As Carrera Cup Hits Le Mans

by Lee Bonham

After months of anticipation, the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain is finally on the hallowed French soil of the Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans. Among sixty two representatives, including a full complement of entrants from the Carrera Cup France and guest drivers from the Porsche Supercup, fifteen of Britain’s best Porsche driver’s took to the track on Wednesday for a sixty minute test session.

Emerging top of the British series runners, was Ben Barker, returning as a guest driver for Parr Motorsport and debuting a stunning livery celebrating the team’s thirty year history. The Supercup regular’s time was sufficient for second overall around the eight mile course, although of concern for his competitors he felt there was more to come, commenting “There was so much traffic and I finally got a clear lap but after the peak of the session”.

Carrera Cup GB championship leader Michael Meadows, of Samsung UHD TV Racing, was the next fastest of the British contingent in a weekend which he confesses is “Win or Bust”. Describing the challenging nature of the circuit and dealing with traffic, Meadows added “You just wait, wait, wait, and then breathe on the straights. Then it is about massive braking.”

Paul Rees was third of the Pro Class GB runners for In2Racing, showing improving pace on a very unique circuit. Of the other classes, Karl Leonard and Team Parker Racing headed Pro-Am1 and found the circuit exhilarating. “It is so fast! There is a big chunk of time to come and I just need to do more laps,” said the Irishman.

Steven Liquorish had a good session, Pro-Am2 fastest driver among the Carrera Cup GB for Team Parker Racing.

Another feature set to make the racing even more exciting is the invitational class for international entries and older generation cars. Among the competitors of this class reside some of the former exponents of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and heading those runners in testing was Guy Riall of Almara Racing.

A quote from Riall seems an appropriate way to surmise the testing action, as we wait for qualifying on Thursday. “It is a mega circuit: fantastic.”

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