After two of the most dramatic races in Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain history on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit last Sunday, we were left with one new winner and one new champion. A season end that puts a full stop on several eras. Here are the stories.
Cammish in Wonderland
Dan Cammish. He came. He saw. He conquered in the dry. Should have in the wet. From lights out in race one he simply appeared to be enjoying a lovely Sunday morning drive. Whilst one doubts life is so simple whilst trying to persuade a Type 991 GT3 Cup Porsche to deal pleasantly with all of the undulations on the GP loop at Brands, Cammish made it look so. That is perhaps the biggest compliment you can give him.
Behind the serenity, things were somewhat more… dramatic. It is hard to describe the sort of action that enveloped the penultimate round of the series. Josh Webster (Redline Racing) started second and charged away initially but behind Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) must have felt part of a Wonderland nightmare.
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and Pepe Massot (Paar Motorsport) acted as team Spain and bundled Meadows down to fifth off the start. The biggest surprise was the fact that Meadows really did have to push to pass Pepe (Metaphorically, this is Porsches!) in a battle that pre-occupied the watching audience for a large portion of the race. Whilst you may think it needless to say, the reigning double champion did eventually find a way through.
At several points it did appear the Jimenez had caught Webster and was taking Meadows and Massot with him but this was the finishing and most importantly points scoring order as Cammish did not score points as he was a guest driver. Thus was the advantage Webster’s.
In Pro-Am1, Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) continued to pose a very strong question of what if he had competed in more races this season? Once again he dominated the class, on this occasion from teammate Rob Smith. Pro-Am1 champion Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) struggled to finish fourth behind George Brewster (Welch Motorsport).
This author has not failed to heap praised on the Pro-Am2 classification in 2014 and anyone with any doubts about why this was should have been silenced after the first Brands encounter. Will Goff (In2Racing) got well and truly involved in the title fight between Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Paar Motorsport). Goff charged to the head of the trio before the title rivals once again clashed. Kyle-Henney was the perpetrator of the contact and came out of it best, yet was docked two championship points which brought him level with Liquorish going into the final race. Talking of which…
Ducks win. So does Meadows. Webster is champion
If you were a duck within the vicinity of Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon, you would have been fairly pleased with the climatic conditions. Which as the finale of the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain got under way, were rapidly becoming wetter and wetter and wetter. Ducks though, didn’t have the added pressure of deciding when the conditions became sufficiently wet for… wets.
Dan Cammish did. From his second pole position in a row he led the field away from the rolling start. This time Meadows made a tremendous getaway to charge ahead of a cautious Webster, with the entirety of the field on slick tyres said caution was well advised.
After nine laps the race dominator, for leader is not a sufficiently strong term, made a decisive jump to wet tyres. This was a call that could have paid off. Would have paid off. Perhaps should have paid off.
Yet out front Meadows had a title to win and Webster one to lose. Neither could risk pitting for wets and thus they continued to circulate in their own splendid isolation. Both drivers deserve all of the praise they receive for immaculate performances under massive pressure in conditions that were rapidly getting worse. Cruel as it may sound both surely were aware in the very back of their minds the possibility of goading the other into a mistake.
None came. Thus Meadows took the final win and Josh Webster became the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain champion for the very first time.
Jake Hill drove his In2Racing machine terrifically on race day after a spin in qualifying. The wet conditions in race two enabled him to charge from last to a podium finish after battling with Jimenez and Massot. Cammish finished fifth, twenty three seconds from victory.
In Pro-Am1, George Brewster won on his return to the series for Welch Motorsport and this time Witt retired and Brewster was tailed home by Smith and Sherwood.
The Pro-Am2 title came down to a single point and victory for Steven Liquorish in the finale after both him and championship rival Peter Kyle-Henney took equally as significant gambles, the former to stay out in the terrible conditions and the latter to pit for wets. Liquorish tasted the sweet success of a title. Kyle-Henney the bitterness of defeat.
The 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain provided many elements of intrigue, many fairy tales and equally as many nightmares. Josh Webster makes a more than deserving champion, as does Justin Sherwood in Pro-Am1 and Steven Liquorish in Pro-Am2. Those names are now fixed in history, yet so many others, like those of Meadows, Witt, Kyle-Henney, Paul Rees who won at Rockingham and the always spectacular Kelvin Fletcher should be placed alongside them. There are a number of changes in Porsche land being readied for 2015, which will shake up the series potentially even more than the introduction of the new Type 991 car this season. If next season if half as fascinating as this year, then the story will be another must read. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.