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BTCC 2014 media day

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On March - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The BTCC media day is now a very popular opening to the British Touring Car Championship season, and the 2014 media day was held once again at Donington Park.

The 2014 season promises to be a very exciting season, with Andrew Jordan determined to defend his 2013 championship, with 6 other champions on the grid, including Matt Neal, Gordon Sheddon and Jason Plato, as well as Colin Turkington, Fabrizio Giovanardi and Alain Menu.

2014 marks the first season for several years where only one set of regulations are being used, and TOCA boss Alan Gow was keen for the NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) nomenclature to be dropped.    There are now no S2000 specification cars – all cars are now just current spec BTCC cars.

Gow spoke about the benefits of the regulations – the various spec. parts makes it comparatively easy to build a new car, possibly from a different model entirely, citing the example of Cicely’s Mercedes Benz, which uses much of the mechanicals from last years Toyota Avensis, and that body shell has been sold on to another team.

Andrew Jordan has a new team mate.  Martin Depper takes over the Civic used by Jeff Smith last season, Depper returning to the BTCC after an experimental season a few years back.    Depper will benefit from a reliable team that knows how to make their car quick, but also means he has no excuses!

Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden remain at Team Dynamics Honda, but they are using a new car.  The Civic hatches have been retired, and the new car is the the estate version which Honda call the Tourer.  This is the first estate in the BTCC since TWR fielded the Volvo 850 estate.   They have some learning to do, the new car is longer (although has the same wheelbase as the hatch), and there is different aerodynamic characteristics, but there is more fine tuning due to different weight distribution.

888 MG have expanded to a three car team.   Jason Plato continues to head the team, with Sam Tordoff staying.   They are joined by ex-F3 champion Marc Hynes whose day job is as driver development for the Marussia F1 team.   He is relishing his comeback.   MG had the quickest car in the dry during the latter stages of the 2013 season, but had work to do regarding their wet race pace.

Motorbase will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 campaign, with the signing of former champion Giovanardi.   He will join Mat Jackson in the 2nd car.   They are also running the Crabbies Racing car for Jack Clarke, who has switched from a single seater career to tin-tops.

AMD have bought one of the 2013 Motorbase cars and will be running as a satellite team with Motorbase.  Dave Newsham has switched from Speedworks to AMD.

WSR with Ebay sponsorship have returned with their BMW 1-series for 2014.  Former champ Colin Turkington heads the team, with Rob Collard and Nick Foster returning as team-mates.

Adam Morgan’s Cicely Racing have switched from an Avensis to a Mercedes-Benz A-Class.   They have new sponsors as well, Wix Filters, who have split from Rob Austin Racing.    Morgan’s Mercedes has shown to be quick in pre-season testing and it will be interesting to see how this team can convert this pace into points against stiff opposition.

Speedworks are down to just one car for 2014, and are running the 2013 Ginetta Supercup champion Tom Ingram.  Tom has had a stellar few years rising through the Ginetta ranks, starting in Juniors, moving into G50′s and then the G55.   He is used to the BTCC arena as these were all support races, but will have to learn how to adapt from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive.

Team HARD is no more, their cars are now run by BMR.   Warren Scott has acquired the team, and will be running four cars under several names.   Former Champion Alain Menu joins the team in the VW Passat CCs alongside Aron Smith and Scott as Chrome Edition Restart Racing, whilst Jack Goff will race a Vauxhall Insignia as RCIB Insurance Racing.

Rob Austin will continue to race ‘Sherman’ after losing Wix Filter sponsorship.  Exocet who sponsored one car last year have continued and the other car driven by Hunter Abbott bears Alsosense sponsorship.   RAR are also being fan-funded, with Austin selling shares in Rob Austin Racing amongst other fundraising activities.  Whether this funding model stands up for long term stability has yet to be proven.

Welch Motorsport have both Dan Welch and Ollie Jackson for 2014.   They are racing under the ‘STP Racing with Sopp & Sopp’ banner with Proton Gen-2′s.   Their cars were absent from the media day due to being let down by several suppliers.

New teams to the grid include Simon Belcher’s Karcher sponsored Toyota Avensis prepared by Handy Motorsport, Rotek Racing’s Audi for Robb Holland and United Autosport who are running two Avensis for Glynn Geddie and James Cole.   Whilst United are new to the BTCC, they are an experienced British GT and Blancpain Endurance team, so should run a professional campaign.   Lea Wood has also moved to a newer car, his Toyota Avensis will carry long term backer Houseman Drylining livery.   Two Chevrolet Cruze’s will be on the grid.  One for Aiden Moffat under Laser Tools Racing, and one ‘Power Maxed’ car for Chris Stockton.

Due to a bit of a driver merry-go-round in 2013, especially via Tony Gilham’s Team Hard team, with drivers renting a car for a weekend’s racing, the TOCA organisers have introduced what they call a TBL – TOCA BTCC Licence.   The plan is for 30 TBLs to be issued to teams, with TOCA keeping 2 spare for special guest entries or for a future team.   Teams are committed to run the whole season, and each TBL is permitted one driver change per season, to counter illness, injury or unavailability.       TOCA eventually issued 31 licences, but if one becomes available due to a team encountering problems, they take that back into reserve.

Driving Standards is also under the spotlight with harsher penalties, and the MSA is having a crackdown on circuit limits so hopefully 2014 will be remembered as a clean season with less ‘rubbing is racing’ mentality which filters down through the sport.

During the afternoon test, Andrew Jordan topped the time sheets just 0.001s ahead of Gordon Shedden’s Civic Tourer.  Alain Menu was third, although he is playing down his chances in the early stages of the campaign.   The Passat CC showed flashes of pace last year especially on the quicker circuits.   Adam Morgan’s Mercedes showed it was quick as well, slotting in fourth.     The pace dropped during the day following a number of showers, but many teams got some good running, being able to run several race distances and to learn more about the new tyre compounds and how the cars behave.

The opening rounds take place next weekend on the short 1.2 mile Brands Hatch Indy circuit.   31 cars on a such a short circuit will mean that finding a clear lap for qualifying will be a bit of a lottery, so expect a bit of a topsy-turvy grid.

Pics: Norwich Photo / @norwichphoto

Pirtek Racing

Andrew Jordan (1), Martin Depper (30)

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Honda Civic

Honda Yuasa Racing (C)

Matt Neal (4), Gordon Shedden (52)

Honda Civic Tourer (C)

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eBay Motors

Colin Turkington (5), Rob Collard (10), Nick Foster (18)

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BMW 125i M Sport

Airwaves Racing

Fabrizio Giovanardi (7), Mat Jackson

Ford Focus ST

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Chrome Edition Restart Racing

Alain Menu (9), Warren Scott (39), Aron Smith (40)

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Volkswagen CC

Handy Motorsport

Simon Belcher (11)

Toyota Avensis

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STP Racing with Sopp & Sopp

Dan Welch (12), Ollie Jackson (48)

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Proton Gen-2

Laser Tools Racing

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Aiden Moffat (16)

Chevrolet Cruze

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Dave Newsham (17)

Ford Focus ST

United Autosports

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James Cole (20), Glynn Geddie (21)

Toyota Avensis

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Power Maxed Racing

Chris Stockton (28)

Chevrolet Cruze

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RCIB Insurance Racing

Jack Goff (31)

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Wix Racing

Adam Morgan (33)

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Mercedes Benz A-Class

Houseman Racing

Lea Wood (43)

Toyota Avensis

Crabbie’s Racing

Jack Clarke (44)

Ford Focus ST

AlcoSense Breathalysers Racing

Hunter Abbott (54)

Audi A4

Rotek Racing

Robb Holland (67)

Audi S3 Saloon

Speedworks Motorsport

Tom Ingram (80)

Toyota Avensis

MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save (C)

Sam Tordoff (88), Jason Plato (99)

MG6 (C)

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Exocet Racing

Rob Austin (101)

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Audi A4

Quantel BiFold Racing

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Marc Hynes (888)

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Alain Menu returns to the BTCC

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On February - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

team_BMR_15_IMG_6555Another former champion is to join the burgeoning ranks of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid, as Alain Menu will contest his first full season since leaving the series as champion at the end of the 2000 campaign. The Swiss driver is a veteran of over 200 BTCC contests and has scored 86 podiums and 36 wins since his debut in 1992.

Team BMR joined the BTCC for the first time in 2013, and over the winter period has expanded from a one-car operation to four cars, acquiring the remaining three Team Hard machines following the original purchase of the first Volkswagen Passat CC mid-way through last season.

Menu will pilot one of the Team BMR VWs, which is already a podium-winning car having scored a third and second place at Thruxton and a third place at Croft in its first competitive season last year. The team has made some significant personnel changes in the off-season to bring in experienced engineers, and now its sights are set on challenging for the Independent Teams’ and Drivers’ championships.

As the only driver to have won the BTCC Drivers’ title twice during the Super Touring era (in 1997 and 2000), Menu’s return adds to the wealth of former champions already expected on the 2014 grid. The BTCC veteran was last seen in the series in 2007 when he made a one-off appearance at Thruxton scoring two top six finishes. Between 2005 and 2012 Menu raced in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, coming second in that championship in 2012, and now returns to the BTCC with an up-and-coming team that scored four podiums last year.

Team BMR will also field another new driver alongside Menu for the full 2014 campaign – Irishman Aron Smith. Smith scored four podiums last season for Airwaves Racing, and took his first BTCC race win at Brands Hatch in 2012. The 24-year-old will drive the second of the team’s VW Passat CCs, while team owner Warren Scott will be switching to the Vauxhall Insignia for the start of the year.

For the first time in BTCC history, this landmark announcement was made via a video reveal on YouTube which can be viewed here.

Alain Menu said: “This is exciting. The best times of my career have been in the BTCC, and it’s going to be nice to see many people I’ve not seen for many years. I’m well aware that it will be different with a new team and new cars, but I’ve been watching the races, have spoken to a lot of people about it and the championship is really picking up at the moment. With lots of competitors, spectators and live TV, there are many reasons to be here.

“I got a call in early December – the plan all sounded good, so I came over to the UK around Christmas time to meet with Warren [Scott] and the team. Their plans and approach to the project are very appealing, we’re all highly motivated and it is our aim to be amongst the teams at the front. I am taking a realistic approach of course, it will take us some time and there are a few unknowns. With Geoff Kingston there as our engineer and Warren’s will to be the best I think we have a good opportunity to grab some strong results.

“I want to have fun too, this is a very important part of racing for me. It will be nice to race against people like Matt Neal again, and Gordon Shedden was trying to break into the BTCC just as I left so I’m looking forward to racing against him. Jason [Plato] has matured since we were team-mates too, so I’m sure we’ll get on well. Plus there is a whole generation of new talented drivers out there, so 2014 should be very exciting. I’m also looking forward to racing on the fantastic British circuits again. The tracks are great and the public are always enthusiastic. We’re going to have some test days soon, so I’ll know then what work needs to be done, but I’m sure it’ll all come back to me very quickly.”

Team owner Warren Scott said: “We’re incredibly excited about the year ahead. We’ve worked very hard getting the cars prepared this winter. For us it was key to build a team that can make front-running cars before going after drivers that can challenge for the championship. I am extremely proud to be associated with such an enthusiastic group of hardworking people that make up the newly formed Team BMR. From Tony Gilham who is coordinating, Geoff Kingston our newly appointed chief engineer, Alan Cole and Mark Turner who manage the team, through to the all important mechanics and other boys that are working tirelessly, with no effort spared into producing the foundations of what I anticipate to be a very successful team.

“Once we had everything in place we approached Alain, and he’s been fantastic from the very first meeting we had. He’s really enthusiastic and has loads of ideas for the season ahead. His experience is massive, and having him alongside already quick drivers in Aron Smith and Jack Goff is going to make the team a strong force in the pit lane. For myself as a relatively inexperienced driver it’s going to be amazing to learn from him and help push the team in the right direction.

“We are aiming to challenge at the front this year, to get podiums and hopefully race wins. Alain has the skill and experience to be a real contender, and with the work we’ve put into the cars we should be in the hunt for the Independents’ championships come the end of the year. There’s no reason why this can’t be achieved, and I hope that the set-up we’re creating now will stay with us to form a long-term programme that can go on to more success in the coming years.”

Giovanardi back in BTCC for 2014

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On February - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Airwaves Racing 2014 Driver announcementAirwaves Racing has ignited its most ambitious Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship programme to date by revealing multiple touring car champion and BTCC legend Fabrizio Giovanardi as the Motorbase Performance-run squad’s new signing for the 2014 season.
Rumours have been circulating for the past few weeks and Team Principal David Bartrum chose to officially unveil the news during a one-off special edition of the Tin-Top Tuesday radio show earlier this evening (February 4.

“This is a very important year for Airwaves Racing. This is going to be the one when we really do underline the product we’ve built here at Motorbase Performance and Fabrizio is the man to show you how it should go,” said Bartrum. “I tried to get Fabrizio on board a couple of years ago, we’ve talked a lot about touring cars and this year I decided just before Christmas that was the right way to try and go. It was something that Airwaves set out in their criteria; they wanted us to up our game, and I was very happy to meet it.”

With former champion Giovanardi behind the wheel of the Mountune-powered Ford Focus ST NGTC, the Wrotham-based squad’s sights are set firmly on a return to winning ways after a challenging start to the 2013 season. “The intentions are the same as last year, the team wants to win” continued Bartrum. “We want to win races and we want to go after the championship and if you’re going to go after the championship this is the year to do it. There are thirty cars on the grid and possibly seven guys that have won it before; so I think it’s a fantastic year for Giovanardi to come back and join us.”

“A lot of work has gone into the car over the winter. I’m really pleased with what the team has done, they’ve worked very hard. As I’ve said before, you need to take a step back and look sometimes, that’s what we’ve done and now we’re hoping to get the reward.

“We’ve always been proud of our driver line-up and no more this year than last year, but this year it’s got a little Italian spice to it that might take the team forward that bit more.”

With back to back 2007/2008 championship titles to his name; Giovanardi has an impressive BTCC pedigree.  With 122 appearances, 41 podiums and 24 race wins already under his belt, the twice crowned BTCC champion was last seen in the championship in the 2010 season, where he celebrated two race wins and two podiums during the opening weekend at Thruxton.

Following his four year break from the championship Giovanardi is delighted to be joining the Airwaves Racing squad and relishing his highly-anticipated return to the illustrious BTCC grid. “I am really looking forward to coming back to this special championship. For the last four years I have done long distance racing and for me, it’s quite boring! I need to be fighting for championships and this is the best place to find that, so I’m really happy to be back. Obviously, I have to respect the other guys out there but I want to come here and try to win another championship; I need to win the third one!”

Giovanardi’s union with the Airwaves Racing team has been a long time in the making, with behind the scenes talks with the Motorbase Performance Team Boss going as far back as 2010. “When I stopped racing with Triple Eight I had a chat with David Bartrum and we tried to find a deal, but there wasn’t the condition to do that, so now after four years, David has given me the technical effort to win the championship.”

“In 2008 and 2009 I had a big battle with this team and they were one of the teams to beat then. After four years I believe they’ve got good experience, they’ve grown up and they are right at this time to give me the winning chance,” added Giovanardi. “These are passionate guys, it’s a small team but with people that work well together. Good people and the right people make the right target and I believe straight away that we can be one of the teams fighting for the championship.”

The Airwaves Racing squad will be embarking on its winter testing programme in the coming weeks ahead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s official Season Launch to be held at Donington Park on 18 March. The 2014 BTCC season opener takes place at Motorbase Performance’s local track, Brands Hatch on March 29/30.

Pic: PSP Images

BTCC publishes 2014 provisional calendar

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On September - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

btcc_startThe British Touring Car Championship has published its provisional 2014 calendar.

Despite many people wanting a visit to an overseas venue or another UK circuit, the organisers have stuck to the tried and tested formula that has been hugely successful over the past few years.    The running order are virtually identical to this season.

As before it is a 30 race calendar packed into 10 weekends.

29/30 March – Brands Hatch Indy

19/20 April – Donington Park

3/4 May – Thruxton

7/8 June – Oulton Park

28/29 June – Croft

2/3 August – Snetterton

23/24 August – Knockhill

6/7 September – Rockingham

27/28 September – Silverstone

11/12 October – Brands Hatch GP

Additionally the date has been set for the Media Day and only pre-season official test day, this will take place at Donington Park on the 18th March.

Tom Onslow-Cole joins Airwaves Racing

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On September - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Tom Onslow-Cole announced at Airwaves Racing.

Tom Onslow-Cole will join the Airwaves Racing squad for the three remaining rounds of the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship; making his debut run in the third Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST next generation touring car (NGTC) during round 8 at Rockingham Speedway this coming weekend (14/15 September).

Airwaves Racing Team Principal David Bartrum confirmed that Onslow-Cole would be taking the highly coveted third Airwaves seat following last week’s shock announcement that the 26 year-old wouldn’t be competing in the championship’s closing rounds. “We’ve been approached by quite a few people in regards to the third NGTC car, and I wanted to put it out for the right type of driver.  To suddenly find Tom available was both quite a shock and at the same time a nice surprise as he’s the perfect fit with our team. I am over the moon that I’ve been able to put together what could be possibly be the strongest driver line up in the BTCC.”

Bartrum added; “It’s been a tough year for our team; the drivers and team have had to work quite hard and I think that the team can only benefit from adding Tom to our line up. I’m now really looking forward to Rockingham and getting some good results.”

Having notched up over 180 races since his BTCC debut back in 2007; seven time race winner Onslow-Cole has been a regular front runner in the championship and the New Malden based driver is relishing the chance of joining the Airwaves Racing squad for the final three rounds of the season; “Wow, it’s been an emotional week of ups and downs but this news is fantastic. I’m so happy to be back on the grid and I am ever thankful to David [Bartrum] and everyone at Airwaves that made this possible,” said Onslow-Cole.

“Motorbase are a great team and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the Ford Focus NGTC. Unfortunately there isn’t the chance to test before Rockingham but with the help of Mat, Aron and the team I’m sure I’ll get up to speed quickly.”

Airwaves Racing’s bolstered three  car squad is back in action this coming weekend as the BTCC arrives at Northampton’s’ Rockingham Speedway for round 8 of the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Rob Austin powers to pole at Knockhill

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Austin2WIX Racing driver claims first ever BTCC pole position with sensational performance in Scotland

Rob Austin concluded a phenomenal day for WIX Racing at Knockhill by claiming a maiden BTCC pole position in one of the most competitive qualifying sessions of all time. It is also the first time an Audi has qualified on pole in the BTCC since Frank Biela at Knockhill back in 1997.

An incredible 19 cars were separated by just 0.833s at the end of the session and it was Austin who topped the lot with a new qualifying lap record of 52.471s – enough to pip the eBay Motors BMW of Colin Turkington.

Andrew Jordan took third, but will face a six-place grid penalty in race one tomorrow after accumulating three reprimands so far this season.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden claimed fourth in front of his home fans and will be happy to see the majority of his title rivals situated behind him. Two of those drivers – Jason Plato and Matt Neal – followed Shedden in the time sheets for MG and Honda respectively.

Adam Morgan won the battle of the Toyotas to take seventh in his Ciceley Racing machine ahead of the Dynojet Avensis of Frank Wrathall. MG KX Momentum Racing’s Sam Tordoff had to settle for ninth.

Daniel Welch continued his good run of qualifying form by hauling his Proton into the top ten for the second time in a row, edging out the Airwaves Racing Ford Focus of Aron Smith and eBay Motors BMW of Rob Collard.

Such was the competitiveness of the session that the top 15 drivers set a time under the existing qualifying lap record of Tom Chilton from 2011.

Motorbase enjoyed an impressive run in the S2000 class as Liam Griffin out-qualified Jack Sears Cup leader Lea Wood.

An accident involving the VW Passat of Warren Scott brought out the red flag after ten minutes, whilst Will Bratt’s Audi A4 was forced to end the session early after failing a ride height test, meaning tomorrow’s opening contest will be bookended by a brace of Audis.

There was also drama for RCIB Insurance Racing when both of its new drivers clashed at the final hairpin. Two-time race winner Paul O’Neill seemed to be on a flying lap when he approached the slowing car of team-mate Kieran Gallagher and the Vauxhall Insignias made contact. O’Neill limped back to the pits whilst Gallagher continued, although the Knockhill specialist could only manage 24th on the grid.

Rob Austin said: “I am extremely happy! I knew the car was good at Snetterton but admittedly I didn’t do a great job there personally. I knew we had a chance here at Knockhill but it’s hard to say I expected pole. I am pretty confident going into tomorrow. Colin’s had a couple of wins already this year so it’s my turn and I’m hopefully going to take it!”

Gordon Shedden said: “That’s the quickest I have ever been around here and considering the ballast on board it was a really good lap. It was also four tenths quicker than we went last season so it really shows the development. In race trim I hope for us to be where we have been all year, which bodes well for tomorrow. The top 15 drivers are covered by half a second and they’ll all be looking to take up the same bit of track, so it’s almost impossible to predict who will win the races. I’m pretty sure the fans are in for an exciting day.”

Colin Turkington said: “I am really pleased. I had a feeling that kind of performance was in the car but that was the maximum I could do. I tried but I just couldn’t get any extra time out of it. It’s going to be three long races so it’s good to be at the sharp end.”

Andrew Jordan said: “We said that if we could start in the top ten with the penalty then we’d be happy so we have to be pleased with that. Of course you always feel like there was a little bit of time left out there but that’s the nature of this place and it’s the same for everyone. It’s so hard to hook up the perfect lap at Knockhill but at least we’re well placed for tomorrow.”

2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Knockhill – Qualifying

1  Rob Austin (WIX Racing) 52.471
2  Colin Turkington (eBay Motors) +0.047
3  Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) +0.092 (six place grid penalty to be applied)
4  Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) +0.110
5  Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing) +0.179
6  Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) +0.181
7  Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing) +0.204
8  Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) +0.376
9  Sam Tordoff (MG KX Momentum Racing) +0.382
10  Daniel Welch (Welch Motorsport with Sopp + Sopp) +0.414
For the full classification, click here.

Porsche Carrera Cup : Knockhill

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On August - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

raceoneEMeadows wins Carrera Cup GB round 13 at Knockhill

  • Michael Meadows takes commanding victory
  • Rory Butcher is second from Dan Lloyd
  • Dan De Zille takes Pro-Am1 win from George Brewster

Michael Meadows scored a resounding victory in round 13 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday 25 August) to take control at the head of the championship. While Rory Butcher and Dan Lloyd chased Meadows home, Dan De Zille battled hard to win Pro-Am1.

Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) got the start he needed to head the pack into the first corner as Butcher (Celtic Speed) had to fend off the fast-starting Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing). A little further back, the Pro-Am1 battle started immediately, with Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and team mate De Zille running neck-and-neck with George Brewster (Celtic Speed).

However, Jimenez was out on the second lap when a rear puncture pitched his car into a spin and into the gravel at the chicane and the safety car was deployed while his car was moved. Meanwhile, Stoneman dropped out of third place when he ran wide at the chicane and toured back to the pits with a puncture.

After the safety car period, Meadows took control at the front and edged clear of Butcher as Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) filled the next three places. Meanwhile, De Zille raced hard to win Pro-Am1 as Brewster dropped away with a flat-spotted tyre. James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport) finished the race challenging De Zille after losing time running wide at the chicane.

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) overall winner:
“That’s perfect: it could not have gone any better. The safety car was good for me as it interrupted Rory’s momentum a bit more than mine. Before the safety car I was getting pressure from him. I even got a decent start this time.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“I’m happy to be on the podium, but Michael had a huge gap. I didn’t seem to have the grip I had in qualifying. Stoneman gave me a bit of pressure into turn one from the start. That’s good points on my home track.”

Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) third overall:
“I was catching Rory at one point but then I made a little mistake. He was putting in consistent laps. But it’s good to get a podium.”

Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“That was hard work! George had the legs on me on the brakes. But then I saw James Birch coming up on us and that helped keep George occupied. Later on I managed to keep James behind. I wasn’t expecting that and I’ve pulled back a few points.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I went for the move on Dan too early and locked up into the Hairpin. I should have sat behind and hassled him for a bit longer, but I thought I’d got a move. Then I’d got a flat-spotted tyre and I had to ease back the pace.”

Round 13 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Rory Butcher; 3 Daniel Lloyd.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Dan De Zille; 2 George Brewster.

qualEMeadows tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Knockhill

  • Michael Meadows takes two pole positions in style
  • Rory Butcher is second fastest from Dean Stoneman
  • Victor Jimenez tops Pro-Am1 from Dan De Zille

Michael Meadows set a searing pace in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill during qualifying today (Saturday 24 August) as he stormed to a double pole position with the fastest Carrera Cup laps ever recorded at the Scottish track.

However, in a supremely competitive qualifying session, Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) was always under attack and it was local hero Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) who bagged second place on both grids, with a best lap only 12-hundredths of a second slower than Meadows. Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) made an impressive Knockhill debut to take third for both races, matching Butcher on second best times for the second grid.

In a session interrupted by a red flag, after Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) spun into the gravel, Meadows really attacked the pace on his second set of tyres to grab pole for round 13 with a mighty best of 50.445s. He duly took his 2013 tally to 12 poles from 14 rounds.

Less than a third of a second covered the next four cars in an incredibly hard-fought session, with Butcher and Stoneman chased by Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing). In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez set the pace from his Redline Racing team mate Dan De Zille and George Brewster (Celtic Speed).

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“That’s great pace and I’m really happy with our overall speed. Now I need two good starts for the races as it is tough to overtake here. I’ve always had good races with Rory.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“I finally got a couple of good laps in at the end of the session. I knew I had it in the car, but I didn’t think we’d do it so late in the session. I’m happy with that at my home track and it’s the fastest I’ve ever gone here. Now I just want to get a good start.”

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) third overall:
“It’s a different sort of track and we’ve gone pretty well so far. We tried some different things on the second set of tyres.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Today was much better and I was pushing 100% on the second set of tyres. I’m in front of one of the Pro drivers and that is very important to me.”

Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“After missing testing yesterday, I’m happy with qualifying. I’m half a second off Victor in Pro-Am1 and that’s the target. That was the first time I’ve driven the car here and I’m in the hunt. This is one of my favourite tracks.”

Round 13 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 50.445s; 2 Rory Butcher 50.573s; 3 Dean Stoneman 50.704s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 51.378s; 2 Dan De Zille 51.839s; 3 George Brewster 52.135s

Round 14 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 50.557s; 2 Rory Butcher 50.722s; 3 Dean Stoneman 50.722s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 51.568s; 2 Dan De Zille 52.068s; 3 George Brewster 52.205s.

brewsterBrewster wins Michelin award in Carrera Cup GB

George Brewster is the seventh Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer of the 2013 season to win a set of tyres as part of Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship. Brewster’s name was drawn from a hat ahead of rounds 13 and 14 at Knockhill this weekend (24/25 August).

The Edinburgh-based surveyor has been a regular Carrera Cup contender across the last five seasons, winning the Pro-Am2 title in 2011. This season he is contesting selected events, once again with the Celtic Speed team, and is a leading runner in Pro-Am1.

Having been the control tyre supplier for the Carrera Cup GB since the championship was created in 2003, Michelin is once more supporting the teams and drivers with the award of a complete set of slick racing tyres at each event. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB test at Knockhill

Michael Meadows tops the testing times at Knockhill
Rory Butcher is second fastest from Dean Stoneman
George Brewster tops Pro-Am1 from Victor Jimenez

Michael Meadows headed the times in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill during testing today (Friday 23 August) as rain affected the afternoon session. Rory Butcher and Dean Stoneman led the chase of Meadows while George Brewster made it a good day for the Scots by topping Pro-Am1.

A dry morning session allowed Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) to set the standard for the day when he was the only leading driver to use new tyres in the first test session. His best lap of 50.588s was fractionally quicker than the 2012 pole time of 50.597s set by Ben Barker to establish the fastest Carrera Cup lap at Knockhill.

Circuit expert Butcher (Celtic Speed) was second fastest, while Stoneman (Redline Racing) was only marginally slower ahead of his first race at the Scottish track. Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) was right on the pace of Butcher and Stoneman, while join championship leader Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) was fifth from James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport).

In Pro-Am1, Brewster (Celtic Speed) set a fine standard to edge category leader Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) back to second. While pushing for a good lap late in the second session, as the track started to dry again, Jimenez slid off into the gravel at the hairpin. Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) missed testing due to work commitments, and will go straight into qualifying on Saturday.

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“We took new tyres in the morning session and I think we caught everyone out there. We’re quicker than last year’s pole time and that’s the best official Carrera Cup lap here.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“It’s all good and I’m happy with the pace on older tyres. In the second session I was on a warm-up lap on new tyres when the rain started.”

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) third overall:
“That’s not too bad and still on old tyres. This is the first time I’ve been here, in fact it’s the furthest north I’ve ever been! It’s a good little track.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) first in Pro-Am1:
“I didn’t use new tyres today. We made one or two changes to the car for the afternoon session and have got a fairly neutral car, which is what you want round here. We made an early decision to end the second session when the rain started.”

emailrd10Gelzinis wins Carrera Cup GB round ten 

  • Jonas Gelzinis wins a dramatic round 10 at Croft
  • Dean Stoneman excluded from the results
  • Victor Jimenez wins Pro-Am1 after mighty battle with George Brewster

Jonas Gelzinis took victory in round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Croft today (Sunday 23 June) in a race that was effectively decided at the second corner when five cars, including championship leader Michael Meadows were eliminated. In a fine contest for Pro-Am1, George Brewster just beat Victor Jimenez, while George Wright won Pro-Am2.

There was chaos as the pack turned through Hawthorn for the first time. Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) got the jump on Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) on the run to the first corner. Then, as they turned into Hawthorn, the pack concertina’d behind Stoneman as he braked for the corner. Meadows hit the back of Stoneman and Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) hit the back of Meadows. Both Meadows and Lloyd were out on the spot.

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) then hit the back of Lloyd and was, in turn, hit by James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Butcher was tipped into a spin and was hit by Graham De Zille (Redline Racing). Butcher, Birch and De Zille were all out as the safety car joined the track while the damaged cars were removed.

From the re-start, Stoneman was able to pull clear as Gelzinis (Juta Racing) battled ahead of Brewster (Celtic Speed) to run second. Over the closing stages, Gelzinis closed in on the leader and was later elevated to victory when Stoneman was excluded for his part in the first lap accident.

Meanwhile, Brewster became embroiled in a fabulous battle with Jimenez. The Spanish racer got briefly ahead at Tower, but Brewster nipped back ahead to take a great win after an excellent contest.

Jonas Gelzinis (Juta) first overall:
“After our problems in qualifying, I said it could all change today. We changed the car dramatically for the race and it worked completely. I had great pace all through the race.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) first in Pro-Am1:
“He was quicker than me and I had to work very hard to defend the lead. We both had moments at the chicane. I’ve very much enjoyed my weekend.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“I survived the accident at the first corner. I had a very, very good battle with George Brewster. I passed him and he passed me back again. It was a very good race.”

George Wright (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“I managed to pick my way through at the first corner. It’s been another successful day for me and the whole weekend has been an awesome experience.”

Round 10 results:
Overall: 1 Jonas Gelzinis; 2 George Brewster; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 George Brewster; 2 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright.

Stoneman wins Carrera Cup GB round nine

  • rd9emailDean Stoneman wins a thriller at Croft
  • Rory Butcher and Michael Meadows battle for second
  • Victor Jimenez bags another Pro-Am1 victory

Dean Stoneman scored a classy win in round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup : Croft today (Sunday 22 June) after a race-long contest with Rory Butcher and Michael Meadows. Meanwhile Victor Jimenez and George Wright claimed Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 spoils.

The start was critical as Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) didn’t get away well. However Stoneman got a strong start and was able to edge ahead on the drag to Clervaux. Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) tried to dive past Meadows at Hawthorns, but the cars touched and Lloyd spun to the tail of the field.

Up front, Stoneman made the running from Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Meadows and it was nip-and-tuck all race between these three. Meadows finally got ahead of Butcher, but then hit gearbox problems with two laps to go and lost the place back to Butcher as Stoneman stayed ahead for a deserved win. Meadows, with his car stuck in third gear, was almost caught on the final lap by Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing).

Jimenez (Redline Racing) claimed Pro-Am1 after spending many laps trying to find a way ahead of James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Late in the race Jimenez clinched fifth overall as Lloyd recovered to sixth. George Brewster (Celtic Speed) tigered ahead of Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) to take second in Pro-Am1.

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) first overall:
“I got a good start and did the job into the first corner. Then I was concentrating on keeping the car consistent. I tried to keep well clear of the tyres at the chicane. I struggled a bit towards the end of the race, but it was so much easier being at the front.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“That was really good fun and I was giving 100% the whole race. I made one mistake and Meadows got by, but I got it back towards the end of the race.”

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) third overall:
“I didn’t get a great start. Then Dan was on the inside at Turn 2 and we touched. That knocked the steering out a bit. Then later in the race I had a gearbox problem and couldn’t upshift, so I was stuck in third.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Birch was very strong today. My car was very nervous as the race went, but I’m very, very happy with the result.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I had a shocking start and got mugged by De Zille: he had the momentum to take him through. Then I kept the best move til last and it worked. It was good racing.”

George Wright (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself and my lap times are getting faster every time I go out.”

Round 9 results:
Pro category: 1 Dean Stoneman; 2 Rory Butcher; 3 Michael Meadows.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 George Brewster; 3 Dan De Zille.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright.

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Croft

  • qualE-1Michael Meadows sets storming pace in Yorkshire
  • Dean Stoneman heads the chase of Meadows
  • Victor Jimenez tops Pro-Am1 from George Brewster

Michael Meadows was in stunning form in Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Croft today (Saturday 22 June) to take both pole positions with the fastest Carrera Cup laps ever seen at the Yorkshire track.

Although there were spots of rain in the air as the cars went out for the half-hour session, the track was dry as Meadows set a fierce pace. After the first tyre runs, Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) topped the times, but Meadows went even faster on his second set of tyres to set the mark at 1m21.547s, 1.4s inside the existing lap record. Meadows’ second best lap of 1m21.846s was strong enough to secure pole for the second race of the weekend.

Stoneman had a good session to take P2 for both races, while Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) was third from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). However, in trouble with fifth and eighth places was Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) after a rear wheel bearing problem interrupted his running after only five laps.

In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) set the pace to take two category poles, but George Brewster (Celtic Speed) ran close to the Spanish racer in an impressive return to the series after missing the Thruxton and Oulton Park events. Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) was third in Pro-Am1, while series newcomer George Wright (Redline Racing) headed Pro-Am2.

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“The first set of tyres was okay, and I was just adapting to the track conditions. The track wasn’t at the optimum until later in the session. We improved the car slightly for the second tyre run and found six-tenths of a second. Now I just need to get a good start.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“We’re in the mix, but Victor Jimenez did very well with that time. When the second set of tyres came in I dropped a wheel off the kerb at Sunny Out on what was my best lap. I had no option but to keep going.”

Round 9 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m21.547s); 2 Dean Stoneman (1m21.792s); 3 Dan Lloyd (1m22.112s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m22.889s); 2 George Brewster (1m23.122s); 3 Dan De Zille (1m23.706s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright (1m27.324s).

Round 10 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m21.846s); 2 Dean Stoneman (1m21.906s); 3 Dan Lloyd (1m22.384s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m23.288s); 2 George Brewster (1m23.437s); 3 Dan De Zille (1m23.930s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright (1m27.397s).

Meadows wins Michelin award in Carrera Cup GB

MichelinE-1Michael Meadows is the fifth Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer of the 2013 season to win a set of tyres as part of Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship. Meadows’ name was drawn from a hat ahead of rounds nine and ten at Croft (22/23 June).

Meadows, the defending champion, joined the Samsung Smart Motorsport team for 2013 and currently leads the overall title race by 25 points following round nine at Oulton Park today (22 June). With five wins from nine races, Meadows is the current benchmark for the Carrera Cup GB.

Having been the control tyre supplier for the Carrera Cup GB since the championship was created in 2003, Michelin is once more supporting the teams and drivers with the award of a complete set of slick racing tyres at each event. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.

hodgetts7aScuderia Vittoria’s Stefan Hodgetts took an emphatic lights-to-flag victory in Round 6 of the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup at the ultra-high speed Thruxton circuit on Sunday (5 May).

The Redditch-based racer produced consistently quick lap times in qualifying to nab pole position for the final Clio Cup clash in Hampshire and duly held the initiative for the duration of the 12-lap race.

Hodgetts had a comfortable buffer over the chasing pack by virtue of a clean start and simply used his One Call Insurance-backed Clio’s supreme pace to manage the gap to the flag.

Having finally opened his race wins account, an ecstatic Hodgetts returned to parc ferme to jubilant scenes and celebrated his first, long overdue win of the year by dousing himself and his fellow podium finishers in a pungent cocktail of champagne and KX Energy Drink.

“This win had to happen because the Scuderia Vittoria team has been working so hard and we’ve had some daft things happen, with a fire extinguisher going off during qualifying at Donington,” said Hodgetts.

“We were really fast today and nobody could live with us when I got the break. It does make a difference starting the race from the front, because it’s so close in the middle of the pack and easy to get caught up in incidents.”

He added: “We just have to keep going now. I won four races last year and should have picked up the baton from the outset of this season. I’d never disrespect my competitors by saying we were championship favourites, but we thought we’d be in the running at the front from the off.

“I’m just gutted I can’t get out in another car today, because it was fantastic driving around this circuit in the sunshine with a huge crowd lining the spectator banks.”

Devon Modell continued his rapid rise to greatness by taking a well-earned fifth place result in Sunday’s Clio Cup encounter.

The karting ace stepped up to Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship this year and has already made an impression. The rookie surged from tenth on the grid to fifth on his own merit with some canny overtakes.

Scuderia Vittoria Director, Danny Buxton, said: “That first win has been a long time coming, but Stefan (Hodgetts) has been quick throughout this weekend and we’re absolutely delighted, especially as we’ve took a bit of a battering yesterday.

“Devon is just tremendous and that result will give him so much encouragement as he goes into this mini break before Oulton Park. It has been fantastic watching him progress and I predict that he’ll be in the top three come the end of the year.”

He continued: “On the whole, I’m just pleased that we’ve been able to reward our fantastic sponsors, KX and One Call Insurance, for their continued support with some fantastic results. I think we are more than capable of carrying this momentum through to the rest of the season and I’m already looking forward to the next round.”

British GT4 graduate Josh Wakefield was bogged down in the midfield and eventually crossed the line in 16th, while the One Call Insurance-backed pairing of Ronnie Klos and Finlay Crocker finished 18th and 20th respectively.

Wakefield, Crocker and Klos all drove impeccably well throughout the weekend and their fastest laps around the 2.36-mile circuit were within six tenths of eventual race winner Hodgetts’ best, which bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Ant Whorton-Eales was unable to contest Sunday’s second Clio Cup race after his car was wrecked in a spectacular qualifying shunt. The KX-backed racer was third in the standings heading into the weekend at Thruxton, but now sits 11th, one place behind team-mate Hodgetts.

The Renault UK Clio Cup heads to the North East for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2013 season at Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park circuit on 8-9 June.

Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Porsche Carrera Cup : Thruxton

Posted by Andrew Cliffe On May - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

round6EMeadows wins Carrera Cup GB round 6 at Thruxton

  • Michael Meadows dominates second race
  • Dan Lloyd heads the chase to complete a great day
  • Victor Jimenez takes second Pro-Am1 victory

Michael Meadows shot back to the top of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with victory in round six at Thruxton this afternoon (Sunday 5 May) as Dan Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis completed the podium. In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez made it a perfect day with a second win but only after Dan De Zille hit tyre problems.

Tyre management was the major issue of the race as the combination of warm weather and the notoriously abrasive Thruxton surface tested tyres to the limit. However, there were no dramas for Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) who drove an impeccable race to lead from lights to flag. In the early stages, Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) headed the chase but Meadows was able to edge clear in a stylish performance.

“The worry was having to race in the later stages of the race, so I got my head down and built the gap,” said Meadows. “It was a perfect race strategy.” Lloyd was suitably pleased to back up his earlier win with a strong second after seeing off challenges from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing). However, Butcher was later delayed by another puncture, so Gelzinis completed the overall podium.

“I was hoping to catch Michael, but he did a very good job,” said Lloyd. “I’m really happy: it’s been a great weekend and a good result going into the break before Oulton Park.” Gelzinis, meanwhile, had driven a nicely-judged race to move into the overall championship lead by a point from Meadows. “I saw the tyre problems, so I just wanted to get to the finish,” said Gelzinis.

It was a race to forget for Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing), who ran fifth until a front tyre failed and damaged his radiator. Instead, Richard Kent (Samsung Smart Motorsport) moved through to fourth as Butcher took seventh after a pit stop.

For many laps, De Zille (Redline Racing) headed his team mate Jimenez in Pro-Am1, but then De Zille found the car starting to feel very loose and backed his pace right off to make sure of a finish. Jimenez moved ahead and Yucel Ozbek (Redline Racing) later edged his team mate back to third. “I love it here,” said Ozbek. “I’m not afraid of the track anymore!”

Round 6 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Dan Lloyd; 3 Jonas Gelzinis.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 Yucel Ozbek; 3 Dan De Zille.

raceoneE-1Lloyd wins Carrera Cup GB thriller at Thruxton

  • Dan Lloyd scores monster victory in Thruxton thriller
  • Jonas Gelzinis and Dean Stoneman complete the overall podium
  • Victor Jimenez edges Dan De Zille for Pro-Am1 victory

Dan Lloyd scored a mighty victory in round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton today (Sunday 5 May) after a race full of incident and drama. Jonas Gelzinis and Dean Stoneman battled to second and third while Victor Jimenez claimed a hard-earned Pro-Am1 win.

Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) got a superb start from P2 on the grid and dived around the outside of poleman Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) to take the lead. After a poor start, Meadows was soon in even bigger trouble as Stoneman (Redline Racing) pulled alongside on the rush to the Complex. The cars touched as Meadows ran wide onto the grass and spun.

Meanwhile, Lloyd took control at the front of the race from Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Stoneman (Redline Racing) but it was Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) who made the most of the opening lap dramas as he scythed through the field from the back of the pack. Having taken new tyres for the race after a high-speed spin in qualifying, Butcher started at the back of the grid but was fourth before the end of the first lap. “I just knew I needed to make my bid early,” said Butcher.

Butcher then stormed up to second and took the place from Gelzinis with a stunning move around the outside into the chicane for the fifth time. Butcher quickly moved onto the tail of Lloyd and started to attack, but Lloyd kept it cool and fended off his rival. As they started to edge clear of Gelzinis and Stoneman, Butcher began to hit tyre trouble as he picked up a slow rear puncture.

As Butcher lost pace, Lloyd went clear and Butcher now came under attack from Gelzinis and Stoneman. “The car went away and I knew I had a puncture for four laps. I was just trying to nurse it home,” said Butcher. However, having dropped to fourth, Butcher then ended his race when the puncture pitched him into a spin and off the track at Goodwood.

Up front, Lloyd was driving superbly and responded to the challenge of Gelzinis over the closing stages. “It’s absolutely fantastic to get the first win of the season under my belt,” said Lloyd. “Towards the end I had a lot of oversteer and I was tip-toeing round,” said Lloyd as a warm day at Thruxton took its toll on tyres. Gelzinis repaid his team’s efforts to repair his car after his accident in qualifying with second place. “I had a touch with Butcher at the chicane and my steering wheel was not straight,” said Gelzinis. “I decided not to risk too much and I was happy to finish second.”

Stoneman struggled home third in a car with compromised handling after the first lap incident, while Jimenez won a long battle with Redline Racing team mate Dan De Zille to win Pro-Am1. “It was a tough race and we were fighting a lot,” said Jimenez. “I am very happy: that is my best overall result,” said Jimenez. “Victor had a little bit of pace on me,” said De Zille.

Finally, Meadows had a torrid race with tyres that were flat-spotted after the first lap incident. “I had to back off by about five seconds a lap,” said Meadows after battling home in sixth place.

Round 5 results:
Pro category: 1 Dan Lloyd; 2 Jonas Gelzinis; 3 Dean Stoneman.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 Dan De Zille; 3 Yucel Ozbek.

michelinE

Ozbek wins Michelin award in Carrera Cup GB

Yucel Ozbek is the latest Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer to win a set of tyres at Thruxton this weekend (4/5 May) as part of Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship.

Ozbek is back for another season of Carrera Cup GB with Redline Racing and makes a massive effort to support the championship by flying in from his home in Istanbul to contest most race weekends. He is a Pro-Am1 podium contender and a popular member of the Carrera Cup paddock.

Having been the control tyre supplier for the Carrera Cup GB since the championship was created in 2003, Michelin is once more supporting the teams and drivers with the award of a complete set of slick racing tyres at each event. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.

email040513Meadows takes Carrera Cup GB double pole at Thruxton

  • Michael Meadows dominates to take two pole positions
  • Dan Lloyd heads the chase of Meadows
  • Dan De Zille and Victor Jimenez share the Pro-Am1 poles

Michael Meadows was the star of Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Thruxton today (Saturday 4 May) after taking a brace of pole positions for the Samsung Smart Motorsport team. While Dan Lloyd and Dean Stoneman headed the pursuit of Meadows, Dan De Zille and Victor Jimenez shared the Pro-Am1 poles.

After earlier rain, the track was fully dry for qualifying but a strong breeze was blowing across the Hampshire circuit. While Meadows set about winning the extra points for poles, things went wrong for Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) who went off on the exit of Allard and hit the front of his car against the barriers. Jonas was unharmed and reported that the car will be ready for the race as his team set about the necessary repairs. From the five laps Gelzinis completed, his best two laps were still good enough for fourth on the grid for both races.

After a stoppage while the Gelzinis car was retrieved, Meadows stormed back to record two laps in the 1m14.3s bracket to take an impressive double pole. “That’s exactly what we wanted,” said Meadows. “We did minimal laps to conserve the tyres for the races. The team has worked really hard to get the car spot on.”

On both grids Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) pipped Stoneman (Redline Racing) for second place, although Meadows has a margin of nearly half a second on the times for race two. “That’s my best qualifying of the season so far,” said Lloyd, with two second slots. But he thought it could have been better. “I went off at Goodwood on what would have been my best lap,” said Lloyd after his car was caught by a gust of wind at the critical moment. Championship leader Stoneman was a bit frustrated to be P3 for both races at his home track.

With Gelzinis salvaging fourth place for both races, Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Richard Kent (Samsung Smart Motorsport) completed the top six, with Butcher suffering a little as the only leading driver not to have tested at least once at Thruxton this season.

In Pro-Am1, a fine contest is in prospect as less than a tenth of a second split Redline Racing team mates De Zille and Jimenez, with De Zille taking pole for round five before Jimenez reversed the positions for round six. “That went really well, but I’ve never raced at Thruxton before so there is still a lot of learn,” said De Zille. Jimenez was pleased to be right on the Pro-Am1 pace at a track he enjoys, while Yucel Ozbek (Redline Racing) completed the top three in the category.

Round 5 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m14.303s); 2 Dan Lloyd (1m14.532s); 3 Dean Stoneman (1m14.741s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Dan De Zille (1m16.022s); 2 Victor Jimenez (1m16.037s); 3 Yucel Ozbek (1m18.395s).

Round 6 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m14.354s); 2 Dan Lloyd (1m14.800s); 3 Dean Stoneman (1m14.929s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m16.140s); 2 Dan De Zille (1m16.209s); 3 Yucel Ozbek (1m19.191s).

 

 

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