Michael Meadows was in confident mood after Friday testing at Croft, setting the fastest time and saying, “There are a couple of things we can try and improve but not much.”
However, the story of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain has been changed dramatically after Saturday qualifying in Yorkshire and the Samsung UHD TV Racing driver was at the centre of events.
The majority of the action in the session was contained within the last ten minutes. Whilst the beginning of the session was dry, the red flags were brought out almost instantaneously. Guest entrant Ollie Millroy (Redline Racing) went off at high speed at Clervaux. Then the predicted rain began to fall, so drivers were unable to post faster times. It was only into that last ten minutes that the track had dried out sufficiently for faster times to be posted.
Paul Rees (In2Racing) continued his good form from the Le Mans encounter earlier this month, setting a best time good enough for pole in race eight of the season, whilst Redline Racing’s Josh Webster posted a second best time good enough for pole in the second race on Sunday. Rees will line up second on Sunday and Webster will take to the grid second on Saturday.
Meadows best and second best times were sufficient for third position on both of this weekend’s grids; however drama then befell the championship leader. He made a mistake on the run into Tower Bend and as he tried to re-join the circuit the front end of his car caught a lip onto the tarmac. The damage was severe, particularly that to the chassis. As a result Meadows will miss race eight, practically guaranteeing Webster the championship lead.
Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport) made a tremendous debut to Porsche racing, shrugging off a lack of experience to take a double Pro-Am1 pole. In typical racing driver fashion though, the Spaniard was still not content, saying “I tried a couple of things and I just needed one or two more laps.” He was stalked by Team Parker Racing’s Justin Sherwood, who will line up second in class for both this weekend’s encounters.
The Pro-Am2 class is this weekend bolstered by two new additions. Paul McKay is competing under the In2Racing banner and Paul Donkin joins Redline Racing. Stunning debuts they made too, Donkin taking a staggering double class pole position, belaying his complete lack of series knowledge. Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) lines up second in class for this weekend’s opener, whilst Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) will take that position for race nine of the season.