Parr Motorsport driver Paul Rees will be forced to sit out this weekend’s return of the Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain at Snetterton, due to a coaching accident at Croft. Meanwhile at Samsung SUHD TV Racing, James Sutton will return to the category as a replacement for Canadian Formula Renault 3.5litre star Nicholas Latifi.
For Rees the absence is a necessity. The incident in question took place three weeks ago and saw the Porsche star, a passenger providing coaching at the time, knocked unconscious. He was taken to hospital for further observation. After such an accident, the doctor’s advice to miss the races in Norfolk comes as no great surprise. The driver Rees was coaching suffered bruising and a mild concussion.
Speaking about the enforced absence, the Rockingham 2014 race winner commented “I’m completely gutted. I feel I can race but I have to follow the advice of my doctor. It’s a huge shame for myself and the team but I want to concentrate on coming back for Knockhill and putting in a sensational second half of the year.”
Meanwhile 2007 and 2011 Carrera Cup champion Sutton returns to the Redline Racing squad operating the Samsung cars, to replace Nicholas Latifi, whom is taking time away from the Porsche schedule during the Formula Renault 3.5 summer break.
News of Sutton’s return looks set to further shake-up what was already going to be an enthralling second half of the season, with dominant Dan Cammish looking to wrap-up his first Porsche title. Even though Sutton is effectively a teammate for the Yorkshireman, his undoubted pace is likely to cause no end of trouble for Cammish and the other series regulars.