Tom Sharp burst into the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain at Brands Hatch last Sunday, showing immediate pace on his category debut.
Running his own IDL Racing machine, the former Ginetta ace was tremendous in qualifying, at a circuit where he had been immensely successful in previous competition, having won six of his past six races around the Indy layout.
This obvious pace and tremendous circuit knowledge, enabled him to take third on the grid for the opening race of the weekend and a magnificent front row start based on his second based time for the second encounter of the weekend.
Such a great start unfortunately and undeservedly did not translate to the races. Tom’s race one getaway plunged him to seventh in the pack but a sublime display on a tricky to overtake on Indy configuration would net him fifth by flag fall.
Race two of the weekend promised even more but once again the success just did not materialise as it should have.
The rolling start compromised Sharp and he ended up third, bested by eventual double winner and Redline Racing man Dan Cammish . His race wouldn’t end on the rostrum, the tiniest of errors saw the number ten Porsche slide helplessly into the gravel.
The series now heads to Spa for a double bill on the spectacular Belgian circuit. Despite his dramas, Sharp is confident for the remainder of the season. The last word to the driver, who says: “We’ve got some time off now and we’ve got some ideas on how we can improve to get the best out of myself and the car. This weekend has taken away a lot of the doubts and it has fired me up for Spa and the rest of the season”