Sharp Sets Success Marker with Victory, Gelzinis is Pro-Am1 Champion

by Lee Bonham

Tom Sharp claimed a commanding first Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory for IDL Racing on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, as he left Dan Cammish and Redline Racing tailing him from lights out to flag fall.

Cammish himself appeared content to allow the gap to fluctuate but by the same token didn’t seem to have the outright final push to usurp Sharp.

Dino Zamparelli found his revitalised hopes of stealing the Rookie prize crushed as Sharp swept across the line, although a fourth podium on the trot was a compensation of sorts for GT Marques.

The Pro-Am1 race began dramatically as Redline’s Jack Falla brushed the inside wall on the run down to Paddock Hill Bend and then returned to the circuit directly in front of his teammate’s (Jordan Witt) main title rival Ignas Gelzinis (Juta Racing).

Gelzinis and Witt battled throughout the race and were joined by In2Racing driver Daniel McKay. It was the latter who claimed the final class victory of the year as the battle became somewhat rumbustious and Witt struggled to the line with a punctured radiator. Gelzinis chose the outside and narrowly outdragged Witt to the line and by three points (154 versus 151) the title.

With the Pro-Am2 fight wrapped up in race one, John McCullagh lead home the Juta pairing of Tautvydas Barstys and Nerijus Dagilis for Redline, in a relatively calm encounter to conclude the Gentleman’s class year.

So the final tale is told, the final flag fluttered and the final title won. Redline Racing bested Team Parker Racing by nineteen points in the Team classification and Michael Meadows brought his Samsung SUHD TV Racing machine home fifth and crucially ahead of Josh Webster’s Parker car in ninth to take second in the championship standings. In the end the margin was safe twenty three points. How a year can change things though. These two were fighting for the title twelve months ago. Today the nearest was ninety eight points from the summit. End.

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