It’s an oft repeated phrase when it comes to the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain of 2015 but this truly is a revitalised championship. In terms of both quality and quantity the Carrera Cup GB has never been better. Here is The Checkered Flag’s comprehensive preview.
The Professional classification will be where the focus deservedly lies. 2014 champion Josh Webster returns with his new team (Team Parker Racing) and his former teammate and ex-double champion Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) is also back to reclaim his crown. A second Samsung car will be piloted by single seater ace Nicholas Latifi, who starred on his debut at Rockingham last year.
Parr Motorsport bagged Dino Zamperelli over the winter, with the former ART GP3 turning his back on single seaters to pursue a GT career. Two other former single seater converts, more precisely the final two Dunlop MSA Formula Ford of Great Britain champions, have joined the series for 2015.
First and foremost is Dan Cammish, who moves across from British GT4, to join Redline Racing. Cammish ran at the Brands Hatch GP finale, won race one and deserved to win a wet race two. The second of the Formula Ford men is reigning champion Jayde Kruger, who has put a last minute deal together with the new Brookspeed team. Spaniard Victor Jimenez shouldn’t be underestimated at In2Racing. Juta Racing return with Ignas Gelzinis.
Stephen Jelley returns and joins Webster at Team Parker Racing, whilst the only man to beat the reigning champion and Meadows, Paul Rees joins Zamperelli at Parr. Ryan Cullen is another big name formerly of GP3 acclaim, who has a great chance at G-Cat Racing. Tom Sharp’s IDL Racing operation is firmly a family affair and the Ginetta man can safely describe his work of the David vs Goliath variety.
Stars of the Future
The Pro-Am1 class is overlooked by most but doesn’t deserve to be. Jack Falla and Jordan Witt pilot two of the smartest cars in the series for Redline Racing. Both the new boy and the reigning classification vice-champion will deliver immediately.
The other four drivers registered for the category at the time of writing, will all run for different teams. Mark Cole will handle Parr Motorsport’s entry, David Walley returns to drive for In2Racing, Peter Jennings takes G-Cat Racing’s banner and then the alliteratively named Credit4Cars look after Chris Dockerill.
Not so Gentle Men
The final classification is Pro-Am2 and its occupants should not be written off as mere gentleman drivers. Juta Racing run both Tautvydas Barstys and Nerijus Dagilis. GT Marques are the only solely Pro-Am2 team and they will run both Francis Galashan and Scott Marshall.
BTCC racer Alex Martin’s father Rupert will run as 2014 classification champion Steven Liquorish’s teammate. John McGallagh handles Redline Racing’s entry. Peter Kyle-Henney was a contender last year and returns under Parr Motorsport’s stewardship.
Paul McKay rounds off In2Racing’s entry. Three new faces complete the entry for the gentleman’s classification: Credit4Cars will operate the car of Peter Parsons! Asset Advantage Racing run Ian Dockerill and G-Cat Racing who have Shamus Jennings under their awning.
One, Two, Three Go!
No matter which end of the entry list you look at, the Carrera Cup GB promises to be a highlight not just of the national GT racing scene but also globally too. There are many questions that remain to be answered and Brands Hatch will be the place to be this weekend. With a trip to Spa followed by rounds at Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill, Silverstone and the Brands Hatch Grand Prix finale the calendar promises so much as well. There remains only one thing left to say. One, two, three. Go!
Team Parker Racing – Josh Webster – Pro
Redline Racing – Michael Meadows – Pro
Redline Racing – Nicholas Latifi – Pro
Parr Motorsport – Dino Zamperelli – Pro
Redline Racing- Dan Cammish – Pro
Brookspeed- Jayde Kruger – Pro
In2Racing- Victor Jimenez – Pro
Team Parker Racing – Stephen Jelley – Pro
G-Cat Racing – Ryan Cullen – Pro
Juta Racing – Ignas Gelzinis – Pro
IDL Racing – Tom Sharp – Pro
Parr Motorsport – Paul Rees – Pro
Credit4Cars – Peter Parsons – Pro-Am1
Redline Racing – Jordan Witt – Pro-Am1
Redline Racing – Jack Falla – Pro-Am1
Parr Motorsport – Mark Cole – Pro-Am1
In2Racing – David Walley – Pro-Am1
G-Cat Racing – Peter Jennings – Pro-Am1
Credit4Cars – Chris Dockerill – Pro-Am1
GT Marques- Francis Galashan – Pro-Am2
GT Marques – Scott Marshall – Pro-Am2
In2Racing – Paul McKay – Pro-Am2
Juta Racing- Tautvydas Barstys – Pro-Am2
Parr Motorsport – Peter Kyle-Henney – Pro-Am2
Team Parker Racing – Rupert Martin – Pro-Am2
Team Parker Racing – Steven Liqourish – Pro-Am2
Redline Racing – John McCallagh – Pro-Am2
Asset Advantage Racing – Ian Dockerill – Pro-Am2
G-Cat Racing – Shamus Jennings – Pro-Am2