Ben Barker continued his tremendous 2014 Porsche racing momentum by snatching pole for round number seven of the Carrera Cup of Great Britain at Le Mans on Thursday, following a sizzling sixty minute qualifying session.
The Parr Motorsport driver stood above the rest of the British contingent after an incident filled session, featuring numerous yellow flags and two stoppages. Setting a time enough for fourth position overall on the gigantic sixty two car grid, a Porsche extravaganza featuring a full quota of entries from the French Carrera Cup and an invitational class as well as fifteen runners from the Carrera Cup GB, Barker was still not content. “I just got traffic every lap when the tyres were good. It was very frustrating but at least we are fourth overall,” he commented.
Michael Meadows, representing Samsung UHD TV Racing, will be the second of the Carrera Cup GB entries to line-up on the grid this Saturday morning but he too was left frustrated by traffic, commenting “I only got one proper clear lap.”
Paul Rees, running under the In2Racing banner, continued his impressive weekend form at the challenging Circuit de La Sarthe and will take to the grid as the third Carrera Cup GB representative. Redline Racing paring Victor Jimenez and Josh Webster were the fourth and fifth fastest British Championship runners respectively.
The Pro-Am1 battle was arguably the most intense, a sort of race within a race within another race this weekend. Karl Leonard, Team Parker Racing, will arrive on the grid tomorrow ahead of Redline Racing’s Rob Smith and Graeme Mundy of In2Racing. The trio were covered by little more than two tenths of a second around the eight mile course.
Pro-Am2 was headed comfortably by Steven Liquorish and of the GT3 Cup Challenge contingent, running in the invitational class, Parr Motorsport again topped the times with the car handled by Peter Smallwood.
So after a fantastically hot qualifying session, in both the literal and metaphorical senses, the wait is nearly over. Perhaps the most anticipated round ever of the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain will take place tomorrow morning at 10:15am GMT but it is only a small feature of a contest that features sixty two Porsche GT3 Cup race cars. Barker and Meadows are gunning for overall honours, no mean feat with such a quality filled entry list. For the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 runners, staying out of trouble and bringing home a decent load of points is vital. Such a drastically different circuit and entry list is sure to provide some thrilling sport. Anything could happen and you must feel that the circumstances of the event mean that the race tomorrow could be vital in the battle for the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain.